By Sally McGlew
ACTIV customer Anthony Lucas, who lives with a disability, is achieving greater independence while giving back to his local community through his volunteer work placement at local op shop and café, Holy Grail, in Middle Swan.
Mr Lucas was seeking an opportunity to learn new skills and work towards his employment goal of being a barista and had applied for several jobs in the open job market, to no response.
Activ staff supported Mr Lucas in updating his resume and approaching the op shop and café, to ask if they would consider taking him on as a volunteer, as well as supporting him to learn how to be a barista.
Holy Grail were delighted to welcome Mr Lucas to their team in December last year, and he is loving the experience, so far, he said.
“Currently, I’m doing general retail tasks, including sorting out clothes and donations, but I’m also working towards learning how to use the coffee machine,” he said.
“I love working there.
“I am working with good people and getting free coffee,” he said.
The work experience has not only been valuable in refining skills he has developed at previous jobs, but it has also provided him with the opportunity to learn new skills to broaden his employment opportunities in the future.
Mr Lucas’s team leader at Activ, Paula Whittam, said he had grown in confidence and independence since he started the work placement.
“Mr Lucas has shown he can consistently get ready and be off to work on time, and he has been so much happier since starting work at Holy Grail,” Ms Whittam said.
Mr Lucas also catches an Uber to his work placement, a valuable skill that will open doors for him to continue kicking goals on his journey to being a barista.