Centre Opens Doors to Open Minds | Pro Bono Australia

Tue Sep 3, 2013

Charities are increasingly turning to social enterprise to achieve their social objectives and this week Nadia Boyce looks at a Sydney Not for Profit putting people with mental illness on the hospitality frontline.

A Sydney social enterprise is putting people with mental illness on the hospitality frontline and tackling the stigma associated with psychological disability.

A bold investment by mental health Not for Profit RichmondPRA has seen their employment program recently expand to a million dollar conference centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

For over half a century, RichmondPRA has provided support programs and accommodation for people with a mental illness.

Figtree Conference Centre is their latest venture, providing work opportunities for people suffering from a variety of psychological conditions.

Workers are trained and mentored in the areas of conference, event, exhibition and catering management by industry experts. Vocational services give workers training, mentorship and access to TAFE courses.

The ultimate goal is that workers at Figtree will obtain the needed stability, skills and experience to move on to jobs in the open labour market.

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