NDIS Supported Employment
Employment that enables people with a disability to refine their skills, achieve their dreams and have options for the future.
Here at Mercy Community, we believe employment is more than just a job.
When you feel welcome, supported and empowered in the workplace, it can have significant positive effects on self-esteem, confidence and sense of purpose.
And we believe this is something that people of all abilities should be given the opportunity to experience.
Mercy Community provides meaningful employment for people with intellectual disabilities who may not have access to mainstream job opportunities. We do this through the Cookery Nook, an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) that provides a quality catering service to metropolitan Brisbane and its surrounds.
We’ve been providing supported employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities for people with a disability for more than 20 years.
Benefits of supported employment
The Cookery Nook not only provides practical work skills, but also contributes to the development of personal and social skills including:
Our team provides each employee with individualised training, professional development and growth opportunities, to cater for their unique needs and help them achieve their personal and career goals.
We pride ourselves on our supportive ‘family-like’ culture, where our aim is to understand and encourage each person to reach their full potential.
If Assistance with Daily Living is included in your NDIS Plan, Mercy Community charges as per the NDIS Price Guide.
It is funded in the Core Supports purpose of your NDIS Plan.
If it’s not included in your Plan, you can request a review with the NDIA.
Not sure if you have funding in your plan for this support?
Some key terms to look for in your NDIS Plan that describe this support include:
- Specialist supported employment
- Finding and keeping a job
Meet the team!
"I really enjoy working here as it gives me an opportunity to further my skills in the catering industry."
Daniel has been working at the Cookery Nook for over 15 years. Through this experience he has learned all facets of a catering business, from workplace health and safety, to ordering and making products and supplying customers with delicious Cookery Nook products.
Daniel is a hard worker and is always willing to try something new. The team at Cookery Nook appreciate his support and willingness to help out wherever he can.
"I appreciate Cookery Nook as it gives me an opportunity to work on my skills, as well as create and practice new menu items. In the future I hope to gain an apprenticeship and focus on baking."
Nathan has been working at the Cookery Nook for over 10 years and over that time he has taken on supervision and workplace health and safety responsibilities. Nathan has taken on the lead role with the Friday 'Fish n Chips' menu. He is also Cookery Nook's chief baker and makes delicious cakes, biscuits and slices. He will use these skills to achieve his future goal of obtaining an apprenticeship as a full time baker.
“I feel quite fulfilled when I am able to help others.”
For the past two years Cookery Nook has been lucky enough to benefit from the skills of Kristy. In this short period Kristy has learnt to bake muffins and quiches as well as make sandwiches with her favourite item being the fruit platters.
Kirsty's kind and supportive nature, has meant Kirsty has taken a lead role in training and supporting new employees and volunteers/student placements.
"I love spending time with dogs at home, playing tennis and working at the Cookery Nook."
Joanna has been working at the Cookery Nook for the past decade, over that time she has learnt some valued skills, including preparing various food items and icing Cookery Nooks cakes. Joanna has also developed her customer service skills within the hospitality field.
Joanna is a valued team member who is always happy to complete any tasks given to her. Jo’s most favourite part of her job is making chocolate cream biscuits. We have supported her to learn some important skills that she will continue to build upon.
Belinda joined Cookery Nook three years ago and quickly became an important part of the team. She has an infectious energy about her and loves to keep herself busy. On top of working at Cookery Nook three days a week she spends three days volunteering for Life Line.
During her time at the Cookery Nook Belinda has learnt to make sandwiches, quiche and biscuits, with quiches being among her favourites to bake. She has also built up skills around customer service and partaking in stocktake.
Contact the Cookery Nook team today!
Mercy Community is a registered NDIS Provider.
Mercy Community is registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver Supported Employment.