Why is the Here Now Next project important?

Equity works has received 12 months funding to assist young people with disabilities access real, sustainable, and open employment.

HERE NOW NEXT Young people with disabilities. Working together to change employment

Equity works has received 12 months funding to assist young people with disabilities access real, sustainable, and open employment.

A life of purpose, contribution, security, and belonging is a solid foundation on which to build a good life. Employment provides many benefits for all Australians. For too many people with disability this is not their reality.

We believe employment for young people with disabilities is a complex problem in our community. We don’t have the solutions, but we believe if we listen deeply and respectfully to young people and all members of the community and work together, we’ll come up with long term solutions that will make life better for all of us and lead to much needed social change.

Our project approach will be responsive to young people and their families/supporters, businesses, and the local Sunshine Coast community. Support will be offered through person led planning for intentional employers and families/supporters, interactive workshops and 1:1 planning sessions.

To start with, we will be working with existing community allies to build on current strengths and successes in youth employment and to identify new employment opportunities. We work deeply and intentionally with allies using a cooperative and collaborative approach.

As a result of their participation in the project Here Now Next aims to secure employment for 25 young people. We also aim to support all people, organisations, and local businesses to take their very next step towards inclusive employment and become a community of leaders for social change on the Sunshine Coast.


Acknowledgement: EQUITY WORKS is funded by the Department of Social Services, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

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In the spirit of reconciliation Equity Works acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land where we work, play and live, the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people. We acknowledge and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture, with sovereignty never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today. 

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