The Glenelg Baseball Club (GBC) was founded in 1931 as one of the first teams in the South Australian district baseball competition. Named the Tigers, they have developed into one of the leading baseball clubs in South Australia. The club has community at its core and provides a fantastic environment for people to meet new friends and build support networks. As a community club, GBC rely heavily on volunteers to operate, an area the club has struggled to fill in the past.
Combining the need for volunteers and the benefit for people to gain work experience in a supportive community environment, the Tigers, The Difference Collective and Barkuma began working together with the goal to create employment for people with disability. In collaboration, the three organisations developed a four week program that would give participants skills in basic food preparation, customer service and cash handling. This is the first project of its kind in Baseball in South Australia and is already making an impact.
Stephen was the first person to participate in the program and on his first day arrived one hour early in keen anticipation. Stephen’s tasks included the very important preparation of garlic bread for the club’s ‘Lasange night.’ After his first day, Stephen said “I loved every minute today, I just hope everyone enjoyed their meals.” Stephen enjoyed his time so much at Tigerland that he requested to stay on as a volunteer after his four week program finished. Since Stephen, there have been four additional participants who have completed the program. Each participant has been equipped with the skills to work in a number of hospitality roles, but are now more importantly a part of the Glenelg Baseball Club family.
If you are interested in participating in the program or can offer any participants an employment opportunity contact us.