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Community Connections

Young man wearing a cap and hoodie making a pizza in a cooking class
Young man with a cap on backwards and wearing a work shirt is holding a piece of timber he has been sanding. He is looking at the camera and smiling
Three young men at the Farmers Market are showing off some of the things they are selling. One guy is holding up a wooden key rack with the words "key moment" printed on it

Refresh Cafe

Based in Bomaderry, the Refresh Café is a not-for-profit enterprise that can provide you with practical work experience, life skills and the opportunity to achieve your full potential in a commercial cafe environment.

The Shack

The Shack is a collaborative project between EET and local businesses and provides a safe and enabling place for young people (aged between 15 and 24) to develop a range of practical skills that encourage positive community collaboration and participation.

Some of the activities offered at the Shack include basic carpentry, how to perform minor furniture repairs, and repairing bicycles.

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is a joint initiative between Essential Employment and Training and Flagstaff Shoalhaven in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council and local producers. The market is based on a Social Enterprise model, meaning any profits raised go to providing additional training and facilities for people with a disability to grow and develop new skills.

Client Representative

As a support to its customers, EET provides a roving representative to travel out to the different regions and meet customers, listening to their ideas, concerns and feedback. This way, no voice or suggestion goes unheard.

Sharon Holtz is the Client Representative and regularly holds morning tea meetings called “In Good Company” where customers can come and meet with her. Sharon can also be contacted directly by calling 1800 253 666 or sending a letter to:

Sharon Holz, Client Representative

PO Box 1156

Wollongong NSW 2500

Photo of Sharon Holz wearing a winter jumper and smiling

Partnerships and Professional Affiliations

In order to provide relevant and socially robust supports to its customers, EET proactively collaborates with:

  • Government Agencies
  • Councils
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Volunteer organisations
  • Community groups
  • Other service providers