News / Community / Business / 28th October 2021
Break Thru crew show entrepreneurial flair
The crew at Break Thru is at it again - the team has a knack for identifying gaps in the Coonabarabran market and using it to their advantage.
First it was the clever bucket mouse trap idea that was a massive success, with the team making up hundreds of orders when traditional mouse traps become near impossible to purchase locally.
Now, a dedicated crew is providing a car wash service to the NSW Western Local Health District, with future potential of expanding the service to the general community.
Manager of Coonabarabran’s Break Thru centre, Maree Devenish said the opportunity gave the Break Thru clients a real taste of employment.
“We’ve set it all up like a normal supported workplace and the participants have done inductions and work safety,” Mrs Devenish said.
“At the moment, because of our commitments with other workplaces, things are a little bit stretched so we only do the car washing one day a week.
“For now we will just be looking at keeping it the way it is, but, depending on how it all goes, there’s a possibility we could expand it to the general public in the future.”
The profit the team makes goes back into the group’s savings account which is then spent on trips away, sporting and gym equipment.
“It’s a great thing for their self esteem to know the work they are doing is helping to pay for and bring costs down for the things that benefit them," Mrs Devenish said.
“And the Health District people are happy too, because most of their cars don’t get washed unless they do a trip to Dubbo - so it really is a win win situation.”
Mrs Devenish said Break Thru was always looking for opportunities to provide their clients with a workplace experience.
“The guys really enjoy it,” she said.
“It’s a great experience for them and it goes a long way to building their confidence.”
Mrs Devenish said the car-wash program is overseen by support workers Doug Goard and Ron Frazer.