New shop front for community boosters

A local non-profit organisation has expanded its mission of community generosity with a new op shop to help fund its operation after other revenue sources are dwindling.

Envision Up-Cycling is an outlet to the public for recycled and up-cycled old goods including bicycles, furniture and costumes which are donated and altered in their factory next door.

SOCIAL: Sarah Ford loves to help people gain work experience while benefiting the community. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

SOCIAL: Sarah Ford loves to help people gain work experience while benefiting the community. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Store Manager Sarah Ford said the factory is home to about 60 Work for the Dole participants who gain job skills and have donated goods to dozens of community groups since October last year.

“We help out a lot of schools, do costumes for concerts, do art smocks for kindergartens around the area,” she said.

“We make these things so that they don’t have to spend money on them and they can provide better facilities.

“The only time we charge is in the op shop so we can keep going and giving these things to people.”

She said the revenue from the sales also helps fill the gap as other sources like government grants are harder to come by.

The organisation also works in collaboration with the Soup Bus who feed local homeless people.

“We work with the Soup Bus’ clients so they can come in and get something for nothing,” she said.

Ms Ford said working for the dole is a great opportunity for people to refine their work and social skills.

“It’s about getting into a routine and helps young people in working with older people,” she said

“Our guys really get a sense of accomplishment when they do these things as well and they love helping people.”

Envision Up-Cycling can be found at 401 Lal Lal Street, Canadian, 3350.

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