Expo with stalls on grass

Finding ways to open up a world of future opportunities has proven a virtual winner in a first for those with disability.

For more than 15 years, the City of Playford’s hosting of the Positive Futures Expo has drawn more than 500 people from across northern Adelaide, but due to restrictions in the current climate, showcasing opportunities for education, training, employment, volunteering and social inclusion in person, wasn’t achievable.

Rather than cancel the 2020 event, the City of Playford partnered with service providers and Adelaide employers to deliver a 3D virtual expo delivered through a fully interactive website, which Feros Care Community Development Coordinator (CDC) Carly Grose said was a big success, setting up an even brighter future.

“Because the Expo couldn’t be done face-to-face, the City of Playford decided to hold it online and asked Feros Care to support it. Stakeholders and other sponsors and partners also jumped on-board to help present and create the event.” Carly said.

“We were told that in previous years, the event wasn’t accessible for all schools due to travel, but being in a virtual format, it opened up a lot more opportunities for more schools and teachers were able to support kids through the Virtual landscape in the classroom.”

“Moving forward, the format could potentially run virtually all the time.”

Across a four-hour expo on Tuesday, June 30, viewers were able to take an online tour to connect and interact with employment networks and professionals including Feros Care to gain an understanding on career pathways while discovering individual strengths and interests.

With a range of options, viewers could enjoy a 3D interactive experience set in the City of Playford’s Prince George Plaza; take a guided tour with Expo ambassador, Tyler, interact with keynote speakers and contributors through live Zoom and YouTube workshops, and gain insights through question and answer sessions.

For further enjoyment, activities with education and training outcomes were available, and a directory specifically categorised to aid and assist purpose driven opportunities for individual students’ needs.

HOW FEROS CARE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY

Feros Care was front-and-centre to provide those attending with a live session on pathways to employment and explaining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how the process can be supported.

Relishing the opportunity to work closely with the likes of other organisations in genU, Job Prospects, Campbell Page, Matchworks and Barkuma, Carly said a holistic view of future opportunities for viewers and how to achieve them was provided.

“Working with other organisations who strive to achieve similar outcomes to what Feros Care wants to achieve was a highlight as we wanted to cover all areas for planning a future for people with disability,” Carly said.

“It was about making a positive impact and providing people with opportunities for when they leave school. People with disability are at more of a disadvantage when it comes to finding work, so it’s crucial to provide them with an understanding of their options, how they can find opportunities and funding, and how they can achieve their goals.”

FEROS CARE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE FOR NDIS PARTICIPANTS

Looking forward to further opportunities to be a part of the Expo, Carly said Feros Care was passionate about providing support and guidance to those wanting to plan a positive future.

“It’s really important for people leaving school to see Feros Care as a supporter in their area, who can direct people towards an avenue that’s appropriate for them,” she said.

“We want to open up opportunities so people can connect and engage with providers and understand there’s not just one path to follow, there’s a range of options and areas people can go into for their future.

“For us, it’s about finding out about each person and assisting them to find an individual approach to gaining employment, and events like the Positive Futures Expo allows us to do that.”

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