In­clu­sive at Dome

Cockburn Gazette - - LOVE LOCAL -

PHOEBE Davis and An­gela Ce­lenza love getting up in the morn­ing to go to work.

But life could have been a lot dif­fer­ent for the two young women had it not been for a part­ner­ship be­tween not-for-profit dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment ser­vice BI­ZLINK and Dome Cock­burn.

Find­ing some in­de­pen­dence along­side their em­ploy­ment, typ­i­cal du­ties for the pair in­clude helping with food prepa­ra­tion in the kitchen, gen­eral clean­ing, set­ting up ta­bles and at­tend­ing to cus­tomer in­quiries.

“I have been work­ing at Dome for five years; the people are friendly and care for me,” Ms Ce­lenza said. “I re­ally en­joy work­ing at Dome; it’s the best place for me to work and the people I work with are friendly.” Ms Davis agreed. “I like work­ing to­gether as part of a team and I like how ev­ery­one sup­ports each other, es­pe­cially when other staff help me out,” she said.

“I like that Dome Cock­burn staff treat me the same as ev­ery­one else; they make me feel in­cluded and part of the team.”

BI­ZLINK mar­ket­ing man­ager Steven Man­gan said people liv­ing with dis­abil­ity needed a chance in the work­place.

“There are 2.1 mil­lion Aus­tralians of work­ing age with a dis­abil­ity but of these, just over a mil­lion are em­ployed,” he said.

“Fo­cus­ing on a per­son’s abil­ity as op­posed to their dis­abil­ity is the key.”­mu­ni­ d493214

Phoebe Davis and An­gela Ce­lenza. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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