Phoenix work crew now better equipped to help the community

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the ETC Community Support Fund, the Nambucca Valley Phoenix (NVP) workcrew have been able to upgrade their equipment.

The workcrew who provide lawn care and garden maintenance services from Urunga to Eungai were in desperate need of new gear as theirs was outdated.

According to NVP General Manager Melissa Fitzgerald, the existing equipment was being used five days a week which resulted in a high turnover rate due to the wear and tear.

“In the past we had purchased cheaper equipment to save costs, but this resulted in constant breakdowns and repairs,” Melissa said.

“Thanks to ETC the guys were able to buy some new lawn mowers, whipper snippers, leaf blowers and a ride on mower. These were purchased at a commercial grade which is better suited to the constant usage. It’s helped the guys to keep up with what they are doing and expand their business.”

Melissa said the workcrew service was a part of the NVP Disability Employment program which provided employment opportunities for people with disability.

“Phoenix has three social enterprises that provide experience for work for the dole recipients, employment for people with disability and experience for volunteers. This includes retail, hospitality and garden maintenance in the community,” Melissa said.

“Our clients are able to participate in active paid jobs which empowers them to achieve self-worth and social skills.”

Nambucca Valley Phoenix (NVP) is a community support service providing referrals and support to vulnerable members of the community. Services include supported employment programs, training and education, social support and domestic support for people with a disability, domestic violence referral program for Aboriginal people, and arts and craft programs. To find out more information contact (02) 6564 7677.

Melissa encouraged locals to volunteer their time by providing mentoring and assistance to disabled people, fundraising and general duties.

ETC’s Deputy Chair Lorraine Penn said it was a pleasure to be able to support the Nambucca Valley Phoenix.

“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Ms Penn said.

“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.”

ETC provides employment, training and business services on the Mid North Coast. If you need help finding a job, are looking for staff or are interested in up-skilling, contact ETC on 1800 007 400 or visit www.etcltd.com.au.

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