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Young people with a disability now have a better chance of learning life skills at Mudgeeraba’s House with No Steps thanks to a recent kitchen upgrade.

The upgrade was made possible by the Carrara Lions Club who constructed the works after sourcing a grant from the ETC Community Support Fund.

Lions Club Vice President David Wilman said the club was thrilled to receive support from ETC after they identified the need for the new kitchen.

“Our core business is to support our local community in various ways from the money that we source through fundraising and by obtaining grants,” Mr Wilman said.

“We could see the kitchen was old and tired and not an effective place for people to work in.”

Mr Wilman said the kitchen upgrade project involved providing improved storage, modern appliances and a more usable bench top space to support the House with No Steps services.

“House with No Steps provides various programmes for young adults such as kitchen skills. This includes learning how to make their own lunches and other cooking to have a more independent life and enhance their chance for employment,” Mr Wilman said.

The new kitchen space was officially completed in May and the centre has already seen many benefits from the upgrade.

“They are cooking more often than what they previously could which means more hands-on training time for the students,” Mr Wilman said.

“One of the adults was able to go home and cook boiled eggs for the first time for their parents as a result.”

“Also another young lady who is living on her own has learned how to cook for herself from home.”

If you are interested in joining the Carrara Lions team or just want to know a little more, contact 0458 481 486 or send an email to carraralionsclub@gmail.com

ETC Director Ian Preston said it was a pleasure to be able to support the Carrara Lions Club.

“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Mr Preston said.

“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.”

ETC provides employment and training services on the Gold Coast. If you need help finding a job, are looking for staff or are interested in up-skilling, contact ETC on 1800 007 400 or visit www.etcltd.com.au.



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