AN innovative new social enterprise has thrown open its doors in Derwent Park, granting people with disability greater access to essential training and work experience in the hospitality industry.
Developed by Aurora Disability Services, the Car Yard Café is an offshoot of the Old Chapel Tearoom and will be run by a number of Aurora’s current and new clients.
Aurora Disability Services founder and director Joy Cairns said the vocational training exercise would provide greater opportunities for many people with disabilities to gain pre-employment skills.
Ms Cairns said they would receive the chance to experience “true participation” within the community and the hospitality industry.
“This onsite workplace training venture will provide practical opportunities for trainees keen to showcase their newly gained abilities to the public – they are very proud to be a part of this new venture,” she said.
“Our organisation has been the instigator of mammoth change for people with disabilities, advocating tirelessly to provide equality and inclusion within our community.
“The Car Yard Café is yet another example of the excellent services we provide and we are extremely excited to offer this unique and wonderful opportunity to our clients.”
Card Yard Café trainee Samantha (surname withheld for privacy) said she never believed she would receive the opportunity to work in a café.
“I love cooking the sausage rolls, Anzac biscuits, muffins and looking after the customers,” she said.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, who officially opened the café on the anniversary of Aurora’s 29th birthday, said the initiative represented a “true celebration of community.”
“This wonderful café provides important opportunities for people to use their abilities – it is an exciting venture that has been established solely through community support,” he said.
“I encourage the community to help this latest venture provide training and support for a sector of our community that deserves our community’s full support.”
Caption: Trainees and support staff with Senator Eric Abetz at the official opening of the Car Yard Café in Derwent Park.