Australia: Victorians recognised in social enterprise awards
Last Updated: 19 September 2011

More than 95 Victorians who have overcome adversity by gaining life and employment skills through Mission Australia's social enterprise programs will celebrate their achievements in an awards ceremony.

Mission Australia's Celebrate awards, sponsored by Middletons, will see participants of Mission Australia's contemporary dining and construction social enterprises, Charcoal Lane, Greener Futures and Urban Renewal, awarded for showing extraordinary skill and strength to create positive and independent futures.

Mission Australia Chief Executive Officer Toby Hall said social enterprises - projects that combine a commercial business with personal support and training - were vital in helping young unemployed people secure work, especially in sectors experiencing skills shortages.

"Social enterprise plays an instrumental role in giving marginalised young people the skills and confidence to secure sustainable employment.

"Mission Australia is proud to run successful programs which are transforming so many lives by inspiring self-confidence and hope. It's great to be able to recognise these programs' participants because they have worked so hard to overcome severe barriers to mainstream employment," he said.

In support of Mission Australia, Middletons national managing partner, Nick Nichola said, "Social enterprises provide real work environments to give marginalised young people in Victoria the skills and confidence they need to secure sustainable employment. Mission Australia's programs are designed to transform lives by inspiring self-confidence and hope. Participants are encouraged to tap into their own resources and create a positive and independent future."

Mr Nichola further added, "Celebrate provides an opportunity for family, friends, donors and supporters to celebrate the remarkable achievements of participants in overcoming barriers and producing outstanding results."

Celebrate Social Enterprise Awards will be held on October 3 at 6.00pm Melbourne Aquarium.

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