The Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op (NCEC), which creates sustainable employment and training opportunities for people with mental illness, learning difficulties or an intellectual disability, is celebrating its 20th year of operation in Nundah in May.
The NCEC was founded in 1998 by group of eight local people with intellectual disability and volunteer supporters.
Finding it difficult to find worth-while work, they decided to form a small jobs club, which turned over $2,000 in the first year.
Over the next twenty years, the NCEC expanded and now manages two businesses generating more than half a million dollars annually and creating long-term employment for 21 members.
In 2015, the NCEC won Australia’s best Small Social Enterprise of the Year and has been a finalist in every year of the awards.
Richard Warner, NCEC Coordinator, believes that creating meaningful work can help the entire community.
“Many people experience social isolation and can find it hard to make link-ages and connections in the community,” says Richard.
“Our greatest joy is to see people formerly denied the chance to take ownership and control of their economic situation.”
The NCEC manages local café, Espresso Train and Catering, which is Australia’s longest running social enterprise café and a Parks & Maintenance crew, which maintains 30 public parks and open spaces in Brisbane.
Richard and the team at NCEC are looking forward to growing the current businesses and continuing to support other social enterprise initiatives.
“We plan to grow and are on the look-out for more work to enable this. We want to keep honing our business to be the best they can be at the same time as creating a supportive work environment for those who need it,” says Richard.
Richard encourages locals to support the Co-op – and the easiest way to do this is to order your next coffee at Espresso Train.
“The best way to support us is to purchase from us! Become a regular in our café, order some catering and, if you know of a commercial property that needs maintenance, get our parks team to quote. We’re thankful to the local community – if you haven’t visited before, drop down to see us fora cuppa and something to eat. You will be assured of a friendly smile!”
Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op | 46 Station St, Nundah | 0407 633 981 | www.ncec.com.au
Does your Mum love adventure? Treat her to an amazing holiday with a gift voucher from Flight Centre. Let her choose between a holiday abroad, a cruise or some rest and relaxation near the beach.
Is jewellery more Mum’s style? You’ll find an exquisite range of earrings, necklaces, rings and custom made pieces available at Clayfield Jewellery.
If your Mum deserves some pampering, pick up a pedicure or manicure voucher from Hapi Nails and spoil her even more with some sweet bakery treats from Brumby’s.
If your Mum loves getting active, give her the gift of great health! Sign her up at 12RND Fitness so she can enjoy some time working on herself. Make sure to grab her a card from Supa News and a lotto ticket or scratchie if you’re feeling lucky.
Hosting a Mother’s Day celebration? Woolworths has you covered with everything you need for a BBQ or picnic celebration. You could also pick up Mum’s favourite drop at BWS, with white, red, bubbly and more available! Need extra catering supplies? Drop in to Subway and get a sandwich or cookie platter that everyone will enjoy.
The best present is always time – spend the morning with Mum at Nundah Village Shopping Centre and enjoy lunch at The Coffee Club. With 3 hours free undercover parking, you can chat the day away.
After experiencing first-hand the negative effects that living and working in an increasingly busy world can have, Zsuzsanna Sipos made it her mission to provide support for others who are searching for a more balanced life.
Zsuzsanna created Santé Wellness for Busy People, a service that focuses on providing solutions for stressed-out, burnt-out and anxious women, to help restore balance to the body and mind.
As a degree-qualified Naturopath, Zsuzsanna uses an evidence-based approach, while also combining the traditional aspects of naturopathy and herbal medicine.
‘During a client’s consultation we assess the whole body and discuss a person’s dietary and lifestyle habits in depth. I recommend targeted, customised supplement therapy, herbal medicine, dietary modification and lifestyle interventions to create holistic health solutions,’ says Zsuzsanna.
‘I utilise a wide range of pathology tests which allow me to personalise a treatment plan, and assist with discovering hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies and other potential underlying causes of a person’s health concerns.’
‘Being healthy isn’t a fad – it’s a way of life. I look forward to helping locals achieve lasting changes to their physical and mental wellbeing.’
Feeling burnt-out? Need a health tune-up? Zsuzsanna is now taking appointments at www.santewellness.com.au and via 07 3256 6156.
Find your Easter egg-sentials at Nundah Village Shopping Centre. With Woolworths and 17 speciality stores, it’s easy to do all your shopping in one place this Easter.
Grab your fresh seafood for Good Friday at Woolworths, and stock up on seasonal fresh fruit and party supplies for your Easter gatherings. Make sure you get chocolate eggs for your Easter hunt – Woolworths will be open 9am – 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the Easter long weekend (closed Good Friday).
Fresh hot cross buns, and a range of bread, buns and pastries are available at Brumby’s for your Easter celebrations. Try the new sticky date hot cross buns that are filled with juicy dates, caramel pieces and a sticky date caramel glaze.
Looking for a sugar-free Easter gift? Head to Supa News and pick up a scratchie or Lotto ticket to win someone the ultimate Easter gift! They also stock a range of Easter greeting cards and gift bags.
Catch up with friends over Easter with a delicious breakfast or lunch at The Coffee Club Nundah. Indulge your sweet tooth with a range of cakes or a fresh hot cross bun with coffee.
If you need to work off those egg-stra Easter goodies, then talk to 12 Round Fitness! They have great membership deals available to keep you healthy and happy.
With three hours free undercover parking and a great range of stores, you’ll find everything you need at Nundah Village Shopping Centre this Easter.
Nundah Village Shopping Centre | Cnr Buckland Road and Sandgate Road, Nundah | www.nundahvillage.com.au