Access and inclusion lie at the heart of The Paddock Project. We proudly support social engagement and supported employment for people with NDIS packages. The Paddock Project work and work preparation programs provide meaningful employment to our participants. The Paddock Project is a safe, inclusive space for learning transferable skills, but also importantly a hub for social engagement for our participants and their families.
The Paddock Project has been recognised by Byron Shire Council as the recipient of the 2023 Access & Inclusion Award. After 17 years working in disability support both in education and with Social Futures, Karen saw how few opportunities between the school environment and the outside world were available for people with disabilities entering the adult world, most obviously in rural areas.
When the chance to acquire The Paddock Project came along in January 2020 Karen recognised the opportunity, she had both personally and professionally - a green space where she could provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities, while building a market garden providing sustainable produce for the local community.
We offer Core Supports to assist participants to engage in social interactions at the cafe, store and garden. Volunteer activities can be developed to suit the needs and interests of individuals, assisting people to become involved, have fun, learn skills and meet new people.