Working to Potential

Working to Potential is an innovative vocational training program that enables individuals attending Bayley House to undertake a work placement at a local business. Some of the placements are short term, others are ongoing. 

The work placement is linked to the participant's interest, skill level and the type of tasks to be completed. Each person in the program works a minimum of two hours per week. Most of the work placements are undertaken on a voluntary basis although now, thanks to their involvement in the program several people have gained a paid ongoing role.

The benefits of the program are multiple. Participants learn skills that may lead to an ongoing role, and many gain new friendships. They gain valuable experiences, learn from their mistakes and develop skills to manage situations out in public settings. All this goes a long way to building self-esteem and a sense of identity. The program fosters greater inclusivity and increases the visibility of people with a disability in the community. This results in greater understanding and acceptance. Bayley House has also established some strong relationships with local businesses as a result of their involvement in the program.

Working to Potential Partners include:

  • Officeworks Highett
  • Brighton Medical Centre
  • Bambini Early Learning Centre
  • Peters Timber & Hardware
  • Thrifty Link Hardware Brighton
  • IGA Dockendorfs
  • New Street Medical Clinic
  • Robins Nest Childcare 

If your workplace would like to be involved in the Working to Potential program, please contact Mr Robbie Hendry, Bayley@Jobworks Manager on 03 9982 1571 or 0405 142 641.