Fighting Chance has received a generous grant from The Ian Potter Foundation of $90 000 towards our goal of opening a new Avenue Work Hub in Sutherland, to give people with significant disability equal access to economic participation.
The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the Arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a healthy, vibrant and fair community for the benefit of all Australians.
“We are extremely pleased to support Fighting Chance’s Avenue program. This is an insightful program that offers meaningful employment pathways for people with profound disabilities and as such it aligns strongly with our objective of encouraging innovative approaches to increasing employment opportunities for individuals with a disability,“ said Craig Connelly, CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation. “This project will expand a proven, sustainable model into a new location, bringing benefits where there is particular need for such an enterprise.”
Fighting Chance will be using the grant to expand our successful Avenue business model into a new hub in Sutherland, as a first step towards a long-term national expansion. The Avenue Sutherland Work Hub will support 60 interns with significant disability to be purposeful in an operational business, to contribute and be remunerated, and to develop their skills.
Opening a new hub in Sutherland will be Fighting Chance’s first experience of expanding the Avenue model to a new area in partnership with another provider, Sylvanvale and in coming years we hope to use this learning to allow us to to continue to share the Avenue model with others in long-term nationwide expansion.