Yumaro CEO Mark Brantingham was guest speaker at Rotary’s most recent meeting.
Yumaro is a leading provider of services for people with a disability in our local area and Mark’s presentation sparked lively discussion around the community’s capacity to deliver effective support services.
He was joined in his presentation by area manager, Vicki Turay, and Yumaro support worker Di Mitchell.
Mark is proud of Yumaro’s many achievements in servicing one of the area’s more vulnerable sectors.
“It is about giving these people a chance,” he said.
The organisation offers employment services, operates as an innovative learning and lifestyle centre, and, also as a home and community support service.
According to Mark 50 per cent of Australian people living with a disability are employed.
However, that’s not an easy achievement on a large scale and Yumaro is therefore working to provide a variety of different jobs to suit the various needs of people with a disability.
“It ... gives them pride and confidence to work within their local community,” Mark said.
During his presentation Mark focused on his organisation’s key areas of contribution to the local area.
Yumaro clients provide a pickup service for commercial cardboard, clear plastic and office paper, which is then transported to a cardboard recycling facility in Moruya.
The organisation also runs a business sourcing used towels from various accommodation sites in the area. The material is then cleaned, cut and processed into manageable sized cleaning cloths and sold to local businesses, including Bunnings.
Mark said a number of Yumaro’s clients work at Mullala Nursery, which is a wholesale and retail nursery that supplies plants to customers between Wollongong and Narooma.
In fact, a number of Yumaro clients specialise in native and exotic plants for commercial and domestic gardens.
Yumaro also runs a lawn and garden maintenance service, including the construction of sandbags when required.
It was a wonderful presentation and Rotary members and guests were completely enlightened by Mark’s informative talk.
The Rotary Club of Milton-Ulladulla wishes the Yumaro group success in their endeavours.