After just nine short months of operation, Workpower’s partnership with the Mindarie Regional Council at the Tamala Park Reuse Shop has been a runaway success – not only delivering long-term benefits for the environment and community, but providing opportunities for people with disability.
Since taking over operations in September 2020, six opportunities have been created for employees to develop key life skills and experience at Tamala Park.
With support from the Workpower team, employees manage the Reuse Shop and recycling facilities. They work in pairs or individually to assist visitors to recycle their items at the drop-off bays, sort items for resale, and operate the shop till.
“Working at Tamala Park Reuse Shop is a great way to build a multitude of key skills in one place; like time management, teamwork, and interpersonal skills,” says Workpower Recycling Support Coach Debra Lawson.
For employees like Mitchell Dawson, working at Tamala Park is not just a job but an opportunity to develop people skills, grow friendships, and build confidence.
Over a year ago Mitchell was in a bad place after his volunteering job ended. But through a referral from a family member, he found a position at Tamala Park and has never looked back.
“Since working here I’ve really come out of my shell and grown a lot more confident. I feel really good,” said Mitchell Dawson.
Initially shy and unwilling to talk to people, Mitchell now works at the shop till and front gate, greeting customers with a new confidence.
“I love working here and I don’t know where I would be without this job.”
Having worked at each work station with a team member so far, Mitchell’s success has motivated him towards being able to work independently one day.
Employment at Tamala Park also allows him to provide for his new baby son, alongside caring for his partner and daughter.
“Creating opportunities to work, develop capabilities, and engage with the community is life-changing for people with disability,” says Workpower CEO Ms Lee Broomhall.
“Our partnership with the Mindarie Regional Council is key to not only delivering these outcomes, but also providing sustainable recycling services that benefit the whole community.”
“The partnership arrangement with Workpower aligns perfectly with the Mindarie Regional Council’s values of teamwork, innovation and being positive,” says MRC Chairperson Karen Vernon.
“We are very proud to be helping to create opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”
To find out more about the Tamala Park Reuse Shop or Workpower, go to https://workpower.com.au.