Upgraded Kitchen to feed into more program at the Stawell Neighbourhood House thanks to the are-able Foundation

The are-able Foundation is pleased to support the Stawell Neighbourhood House as part of the are-able Foundation’s latest round of grants.

The are-able Foundation grant will be used by the Stawell Neighbourhood House for a much-needed upgrade to their kitchen with a larger oven and new equipment. The upgrade will enable the Stawell Neighbourhood House to run additional programs and provide pathways for participants to develop skills for employment. Promoting independent living and healthier lifestyle choices is a key part of the Stawell Neighbourhood House. The kitchen is a registered Commercial and training kitchen and delivers programs and activities for people with disabilities.

“We are so excited to be able to present this cheque to the Stawell Neighbourhood House, enabling them to upgrade their kitchen, expand their programs and continue serving the local community.” Said Vanessa Jones, are-able Jobactive Stawell Team Leader.

Christine Dearman is the Stawell Neighbourhood House Coordinator and accepted the cheque on behalf of the organisation saying “The upgrades won’t only help formal programs but those who are waiting to familiarise themselves around a kitchen before signing up to formal training”.


Stawell Neighbourhood House - Foundation cheque presentation Sept 2019
L – R Vanessa Jones are-able Jobactive Team Leader presents Christine Dearman Stawell Neighbourhood House Coordinator with the are-able Foundation cheque


Since 2004, The are-able Foundation has allocated almost $900,000 to a wide range of projects across regional Victoria. It is currently funded solely vian are-able profits generated by its operation as an employment and disability service provider. The Foundation grants are offered to organisations that aim to increase employment and social inclusion opportunities for people living with a disability.

are-able is a not-for-profit community agency that provides disability and mainstream employment assistance, recruitment and training services and disability services. The foundation was established in 2004, aiming to make positive changes in its communities, particularly for people with a disability.

are-able Stawell specialises in Disability Employment Services (DES) helping people with a disability, injury or health conditions find and keep a job. We make sure our clients are ready for work by building skills and addressing barriers to employment. We source job opportunities and provide on-the-job training and long-term support for both employers and employees.  In partnership, we work with clients at a suitable pace to find employment which best matches their needs and capabilities.

are-able Stawell is also a Jobactive provider, Jobactive supports job seekers experiencing a range of barriers to employment by providing services such as resume preparation, training, work experience, job search techniques, skills assessments, job matching, and employment counseling. Financial assistance may also be available for further training, books, equipment, wage subsidies for employers, licenses, workplace tickets, and transport assistance.

Contact are-able Stawell if you’d like to learn more about their services.