Creating change together
A couple of weeks ago, as part of our Jewish Studies unit on “Disability and Inclusion”, the Year 9 Be The Change class visited The Friendship Bakery @ Mark Moran in Vaucluse. The Friendship Bakery focuses on helping people with disabilities gain confidence to join the workforce and give back to the community, and it is an amazing initiative. Not only are they providing a job for people with disabilities at the bakery, but also readying them to be able to get a job elsewhere. It’s an effective way to get the community involved by making a space where workers with disabilities can build their skill set and work in their passion areas. We bought delicious hot drinks made for us by the lovely barista Laura, one of the bakers in training. We enjoyed hearing stories and seeing the people involved in the Friendship Bakery. We learned how the initiative was started and the values behind it. By Raphael Harpaz, Ashley Urbach and Gabriella Dyce
“I would have loved to get to know some of the employees and bake something with them. I would definitely look into working there after school as a part-time job.” Raphael Harpaz
One & All Hub
On Thursday 23 June 2022, the Be The Change students travelled to the One & All Hub nearby in Rosebery to hang out with adults with disabilities and learn about the space. During the experience, we had fun creating clay bowls with the participants of One & All and started talking to them about their hobbies and interests. Some of the participants enjoyed hobbies such as photography and table tennis. Through this we were able to learn about our new friends and how they go about their day to life.
We really enjoyed One & All and think that the creator, Romy, has a great initiative that is really empowering for adults living with disabilities – we hope that more people contribute to future One & All endeavours. We thank One & All for kindly having us over and hope to work with them again in the near future. By Levi Pager and Ethan Epstein