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Market thinks out of the box

PATRONS flocked to see the many wares of Southern Support School students last month during its Out Of the Box Market, held in honour of International Day for People with Disability.

The unique market hosted a variety of stalls that sold goods or services created by people living with disability.

Advanced skills teacher and Tasmanian liaison officer Louise Rickwood said the market raised awareness and showcased the abilities, talents, occupations and microbusinesses of people with disability.

“We trying to build inclusivity in the community,” she said.

“For our students in grades 11 and 12, we have a work skills program where they practice a number of different areas depending on their interest.

“We then try to build that into a microbusiness for them, so when they leave school, they’ll find a service provider that will help them build on their skills and give them the opportunities to lead a fulfilling life post-school.”

Eighteen-year-old student Josie Holdsworth used the market as a way to showcase her microbusiness, Jolilulu.

“I make handmade terrariums using recycled glass and ceramic containers, as well as natural confetti out of leaves and natural products,” she said.

“All the things I use are sourced from the local community.”

Ms Holdsworth’s microbusiness is one of the first from a Southern Support School student.

“The market builds a really big awareness of all of the amazing abilities people with a disability have,” Ms Holdsworth said.

“It shows all the creative things they can do and shows they can build a business.”

Other stalls at the market included Little Mr Potato Head food van, Que Sera Sera Coffee Van, Lions barbecue, The Blind Beader, art by Heartfelt Hues, craft items made by Mosaic, woodwork items and toys, tie dye t-shirts and people showcasing their microbusinesses.

There were also agencies in attendance who helped clients set up post-school employment options.

For more information on Jolilulu, visit the Facebook page.

Caption: Rhianna Good, left, and Josie Holdsworth participated in the Southern Support School Out Of the Box Market.