The Murray River Tea rooms has been providing opportunities for people living with a disability in Echuca, Moama and the surrounding area since its grand opening in May 2017.
The space hosts a café and op shop, and also functions as an outlet for Recyclability, a social enterprise which works to divert waste from landfill for reuse and recycling, keeping more than 30 tonnes out of landfill last year.
The Murray River Tea Rooms offers volunteers of all abilities the opportunity to develop skills in numeracy, banking, retail, customer service and hospitality and be a part of the local community in a supported environment.
According to project manager Sandra Carey, the Murray River Tea Rooms provide a means of increasing community inclusion and reducing social isolation.
“Our focus is to support people with a disability in developing independent living skills and self-confidence, and to help develop greater community awareness about the abilities of people who live with disability”.
“We are also able to highlight Recyclability’s efforts to positively impact on the environment by promoting the reuse and recycling of items that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
Murray River Tea Rooms and Recyclability are social enterprises established by Community Living and Respite Services.
Bank Australia is proud to support the Murray River Tea Rooms through our Impact Fund customer grants program. As part of our commitment to responsible banking, we invest 4% of our after-tax profits in initiatives that benefit people and the planet.
Image of staff and volunteers, supplied by Murray River Tea Rooms