Pushing for change, creating opportunities and doing what it takes to promote equality for people with a disability to those who are disadvantaged in the community.
Encompass Community Services is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting equality and opportunity for individuals. They offer support to people with physical, intellectual, sensory or psychological disabilities, young people who are disengaged, long-term unemployed and those facing financial, social or learning barriers.
“We would like to see every person who wants a job, get one, that everyone has a home to call their own, and that everyone who has a goal, is listened to and taken seriously,” says Elaine Robb CEO at Encompass.
Encompass Community Services have 26 volunteers on board. The volunteer roles vary from assisting people with disabilities in programs such as:
- Farming It: aims to give participants work experience in farming and basic horticulture like planting various herbs, vegetables and fruits; taking care of chickens and sheep, gardening, and of course ploughing with the new red tractor. The produce from the farm are sold at the corner shop of Encompass’ head office on Pakington St and supplied to Encompass’ catering service Munch ‘n’ Crunch.
- Numeracy and Literacy: 1:1 mentoring in Work Education and Transitional Education.
- Cooking: developing kitchen skills through cooking, baking, food preparation and the like.
- Textiles Group: working alongside the participants showing them how to use a sewing machine, how to make door stoppers or tote bags. Special skills that Encompass is always looking for in the volunteers are gardening, marketing, kitchen support, project management and business skills.
The Imagine the possibilities campaign materials created through this project will be distributed to Encompass’s off-site businesses and will be promoted through the local community and will be displayed in local businesses. On exhibitions and events where Encompass participate throughout the year the postcards will be distributed.
A number of volunteers also work at Encompass’ Social Enterprises. They are a vital part of these businesses and some of them would not be able to operate without the support of these volunteers.