Endeavour passes on work skills
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CASSY Richardson, nearly 20, displayed the skills she learned at the Endeavour Foundation during yesterday's open day which celebrated 20 years of the organisation operating in Gladstone.
She is one of more than 100 worker clients assisted by the Endeavour Foundation Business Service since it was established in Gladstone in 1985.
The service helps people with intellectual disabilities find their place in the community as well as employment for those seeking jobs.
Cassy was one of six people who undergoing training to drive a forklift.
She is also taking lessons to get her car licence. "This (driving the forklift) is something I will be able to do in the future to help out here,'' she said.
"But at the moment my main goal is to get my car licence.'' Endeavour Foundation Business Services manager Shane Croucher said the training the workers received at Endeavour prepared them for employment they may want in the future.
In the meantime, he said, the group provides its clients with life and working skills as well as paid work.
"We hope this open day and others we are planning for the future would attract more people with disabilities to the foundation to take advantage of what it offers them,'' he said.