A chance to lead available at Goulburn Options

By David Rak

Goulburn Options is looking for full time op shop coordinator to continue the important work of the Go Again Op Shop.

The op shop is a vital extension of the disability services provided by Goulburn Options, with participants gaining important skills while working at the store.

Goulburn Options chief executive Dr Rosey Panelli said the organisation was seeking a person with the skills and experience to lead and support the volunteer team working in the shop.

“In addition to that we are looking for someone with the ability to implement quality work skills training for people with disability in the retail sector,” she said.

“Working in the shop builds self confidence in our participants and provides opportunities to grow interpersonal skills through engagement with the public.

“The shop also provides a unique opportunity for participants to develop work skills that may assist them to obtain future paid employment.”

Employing 53 locals, Goulburn Options is a major employer in Seymour with staff wages flowing back into the local economy.

“We have continued to provide essential services and purchase local goods and services through the COVID-19 pandemic and, with the help of JobKeeper, have not lost any staff,” Dr Panelli said.

“This meant the federal stimulus package not only supported our staff but also had a very positive impact on the local community.

“Goulburn Options has worked with our participants and families to continually prioritise needs for service throughout the pandemic.

“Where essential supports are required, risk assessment and risk mitigation is guiding the redesign of service delivery to ensure the safety of everyone connected with the giving and receiving of support.

“Our staff have shown immense commitment to the wellbeing of our participants and great flexibility as we have had to make major adaptions to our usual style of operating.”

Dr Panelli said the post-pandemic outlook for Goulburn Options was bright, with implementation of the NDIS stimulating growth in the local disability sector.

“During the past two years we have seen many changes and steady growth at Goulburn Options. Moving from Delatite Rd to High Street has made us more visible to the community and people are learning about our work,” she said.

“Our building is developing into a community hub which can host local groups and our new commercial kitchen opens up many new opportunities for innovative programs in catering and hospitality. We also have a coffee trailer which will soon be out and about.

“Working with GOTAFE we have supported training for the certificate four in disability to be made available in Seymour. In the coming years we expect to see more local people completing the course and finding jobs close to home.

“We currently have some positions available for support workers and anyone interested is welcome to contact our support services manager Megan Hill.”

Dr Panelli said building a workplace culture that promoted continuous learning and the delivery of quality service was always the mission for the Goulburn Options team.

“Participants and their families value consistent and reliable care delivered with compassion and we provide a team-based approach that ensures continuity of such care,” she said.

“Our participants have diverse, changing needs so it makes sense to provide a service that can draw on flexible wraparound support.

“Team members work together to put plans into action, monitor how well they are working, and to provide additional expertise as required.

“Goulburn Options was born from community action almost 40 years ago and it continues to be strongly integrated into the local community.

“The organisation is very grateful to the community for the support and encouragement given to our work through the years.”

For more information about working at Goulburn Options, call 5792 3192.