International Day reflects GCLA’s work
Often forgotten with the hype of Christmas, the beginning of December doesn’t just mark the start of the festive season. On the third December International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was a chance to nationally recognise community members living with a disability.
The theme for this year was Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA) CEO, Tracey Alexander, said this years’ IDPD theme couldn’t described the work GCLA does better.
“My team and I pride ourselves on delivering services that empowers our customers to live as independently as possible and feel involved and included in our community. We offer a variety of programs to deliver that promise to our customers every day.”
GCLA is Gladstone’s local National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and MyAgedCare provider. GCLA’s friendly and supportive team provide a range of personal care, social support and respite services, including self-care; domestic assistance; yard maintenance; leisure and social activity support; shopping; transport; short term accommodation; and supported independent living.
Along with the services listed above GCLA is very proud to operate two social enterprises, both of which provide employment to local people with a disability.
The first of GCLA’S social enterprises is Ground Control, a yard maintenance service established in 2016 that has five employees.
The second is Incredible Edibles (ie) a catering company offering delicious treats for functions and events.
A relatively new caterer in town, but that has not hindered their momentum. Since beginning in 2017 they have established six permanent catering agreements, catered six functions, five local events and even have their own frozen ready-meal line; sold locally through the Port Curtis RnR Centre in Rosella Street.
If all that wasn’t enough work load, back in June this year two team members, Shannon Nott and Charm Mullemeister, had the great honour of being invited to assist the light group cater for the Pop Up Polo, a major event held in Rockhampton.
But most recently Incredible Edibles have been developing an operational plan to open their own café! The exciting news has kept the team very busy and a lot of work is to be done before their grand opening in early 2019, but they are very excited at the new venture.
Co-founder and team leader, Colette says the last few months have been hectic, but everyone in the team is really looking forward to having their own café.
“The community can expect a modern trendy café to catch up with friends and family and know they are helping support an important venture for our social enterprise; giving local guys with a disability a great training and career opportunity.”
Helping confirm the notion that people with a disability can be involved and have employment opportunities, providing a sense of equality and boosting self-esteem.
GCLA operates the Port Curtis RnR, social community space; Aqua Fit, group and individual aqua therapy and exercise sessions; and group social interaction and skills building sessions at the Gladstone Community Hub.
If you or one of your family members would like to know more about GCLA services please contact 4972 8855, or visit the local office located at shop 1/13 Herbert Street Gladstone.