Coral finds joy with work

24 Nov 2016 12:07 PM - Heather Smith
There are many people who loathe going to work but Coral Smith is not one of them.

Every Thursday and Friday, Coral puts on one of her best dresses and carefully combs her hair for her work experience shifts at Toowoomba’s boutique op shop, Collectables.

“When people come into the shop I can say ‘Can I help you please’. I feel happy and special when I say this,” she said.

The social enterprise at 2 Station Street is an initiative by local not-for-profit organisation YellowBridge QLD to provide work and training opportunities for its clients who live with a disability.

Since commencing her work experience at Collectables, Coral has learnt many retail skills including how to use the cash register, greet customers, research stock for pricing and store presentation.

“I like to help people who come to the shop and I also enjoy sweeping the floor to keep it tidy,” Coral said.

Coral’s support workers are delighted with her enthusiasm and cannot believe how much her confidence has grown.

Collectables is just one of the many support services that YellowBridge QLD offers its clients with a disability.

Its team of 70 dedicated support staff provide living assistance, community access support and many group activities such as craft, music, cooking, outdoor adventure, fitness and technology.

They also operate the Rainbow Choir, which is Toowoomba’s only performance choir that helps people with a disability enjoy music and friendship.