13 Feb Bright Spots – Creative Opportunities
Creative Opportunities is an Australian Disability Enterprise (primarily funded by the Department of Social Services) located within Brunswick Corps, Vic. Of the 60 people employed, mostly on a part-time basis, the large majority have psychiatric/mental illness disabilities which exclude them from equal participation in the general workforce.
Our mission is to provide meaningful employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities, through the ongoing development of a viable and sustainable community business. This centres on manufacturing a variety of timber products, including furniture components, timber packaging and general packing operations.
As a labour service to a range of industries, our objectives are to:
increase the work skills of people with disabilities through individual training programs, promote active participation within the general workforce and wider community, and
ensure ongoing business from satisfied customers.
Our significant challenge is continuing to obtain new work from the business community (customers) to ensure we are able to provide gainful employment to people with disabilities seeking work.
Creative Opportunities provides a work environment in which people with disabilities find enjoyment and fulfilment in their work, and receive acceptance and respect. The opinions and thoughts of employees are valued and their contributions fully recognised.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10
- How can you practically support people who experience life with a disability?
- Pray for the employees of Creative Opportunities as they continue to bring value and enjoyment to their clients.
- Pray for clients of Creative Opportunities – pray that they would continue to experience life to the full.
When the prospect arose 32 years ago to work in the disability sector, I welcomed the opportunity to work in an environment that was geared to the primary benefit of the people in that sector. As the business services manager, I achieve fulfilment through the empowerment and independence that disabled people gain, while working within The Salvation Army. – Alex Straubinger