Support the Supporters is a new campaign aimed at building the capacity of businesses who employ people with disability.
A Hunter initiative, the idea for Support the Supporters came about when a business that employs people with a psychiatric disability had increased patronage following promotion of their service through the NDCO (National Disability Coordination Officer) Hunter-Central Coast networks.
Hunter-Central Coast NDCO Kay Dean figured that if it worked once, it might work again – and again – and together with the Hunter-Central Coast-North Coast Disability Employment Advisory Group, set up the Support the Supporters initiative, highlighting a new business every two months.
“Through our own networks we can spread the word,” Kay says. “Many of us have students or clients with disability seeking work, so what better way to help our own sector than by giving our patronage to the very businesses that can assist the people that we are supporting?”
Getting Involved with Support the Supporters
“By highlighting these businesses through Support the Supporters, we are helping to create more jobs for people with disability by eating at their restaurant/café, using their mowing service, buying plants at their nursery, going to featured evening events and much more,” Kay says.
Currently focusing on Newcastle and the Hunter region, the initiative is also looking to expand further to the Central Coast and North Coast of NSW, through the NDCO program hosted at the University of Newcastle.
Support the Supporters This Month
The December-February business highlighted by Support the Supporters is Char’s Cafe. This is a Response Services initiative where young people with disability are provided with skills to enter the hospitality industry.
To enter the draw for the monthly prize, present the coupon at the featured business. Download the voucher here.