20 years of help­ing peo­ple to get into work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

The not- for- profit em­ploy­ment sup­port of­fered by Work­mates Porirua is be­ing cel­e­brated this year as staff plan for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 20th birth­day.

Work­mates is a char­i­ta­ble trust that pro­vides a free ser­vice to those living in the Welling­ton re­gion. It caters to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment and as­sists them to gain and re­tain po­si­tions in the work­place.

Team manager Cherry Skin­ner said not ev­ery­one knew about Work­mates, but those who did re­ceived on­go­ing sup­port once they went to work, and for as long as they wanted or needed.

‘‘Peo­ple say they can’t get a job, but they can. It’s im­por­tant be­cause there’s a real need for us and the need is not go­ing any­where, so nei­ther are we,’’ Skin­ner said.

Work­mates has part­nered with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Work and In­come to help peo­ple find em­ploy­ment.

She said that just this year more than 30 peo­ple had been placed into po­si­tions.

The 20-year cel­e­bra­tions will be held in Novem­ber.

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