Recently Waverley Helpmates were at the Heatherwood Futures Expo chatting with soon-to-be school leavers and their families. The transition from school is an exciting and daunting time for students. The Expo provided up-to- date information for those students and also for parents, teachers and support staff on post-school options including TAFE Colleges, Disability Employment Services, Supported Employment Providers and Day Placement Programs. Waverley Helpmates was proud to be one of the 60 Exhibitors on the day.

For students with disabilities, participating in further education, training and employment can lead to enhanced opportunities for greater economic and community involvement. It can also be a protective factor against social exclusion and associated mental and physical health issues. Increased access to employment opportunities is key to improving economic security and personal wellbeing.

The Expo was very well attended and our Helpmate Marcel and Supervisor Marian promoted our supported employment and training program for gardening, cleaning and ironing services. There was especially interest in our lawnmowing and gardening training, and the tools on display were a point of interest for many.

We thank Heatherwood Special School for providing the opportunity to attend and we certainly will be back in 2022!