TAMWORTH’S Billabong Clubhouse has received $10,000 towards the renovation of its cafe.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries visited the clubhouse yesterday where the funding was announced for a full renovation and fit-out of the cafe.
Billabong Clubhouse provides a non-clinical rehabilitation service for adults with a mental illness where they’re helped to develop work habits and skills and, when ready, given the opportunity to participate at entry-level jobs with full support from clubhouse staff.
“The cafe and the support of peer mentors will allow members to familiarise themselves with the equipment and tasks of a cafe setting prior to enrolling in hospitality courses,” Mr Anderson said.
“This will help reduce anxiety upon starting training and allow them to concentrate on learning.
“Once a person has undertaken a training course these new skills can be practised in a real-world setting with the full support of peer mentors and experienced hospitality staff.”
The Billabong cafe doesn’t just provide experience and vocational training in food handling, barista skills and customer service.
Members are engaged in, and responsible for, the whole range of activities that are required to run a cafe, including menu planning, budgeting, shopping, food preparation, cash handling, workplace health and safety skills and hygiene standards.