Jason had been hoping to set up the business for a number of months before he came across the Spark program.
“I rang the Department of Housing for permission to wash cars at home and they sent me a reply in the mail about two weeks later saying I couldn’t do it,” he said. “They told me it was because of waste water regulations. I then spoke to someone else at Housing and they told me to go to Spark. I thought I’d give it a go.”
That was just before Christmas.
To get his business up and running, our Spark worker Deb connected Jason with a host of organisations such as Many Rivers Microfinance, Pushys, Maurice Blackburn, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Deb supported Jason with setting up his Australian Business Number, email address, insurance, business bank account, and links to other businesses which donated some equipment.
Deb always considers her clients’ holistic wellbeing, which is why she also linked Jason, who has a social disability, with a counsellor, a local area coordinator of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the Department of Home Affairs to confirm his NDIS eligibility.
The end result? Jason now washes cars throughout the Logan area, including our staff’s private cars.
Find out more about SPARK on the YFS website: www.yfs.org.au/services/employmentpreparation.