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Our Programs

One of our businesses, Jigsaw, provides jobs at Award wages to people with disability.

Jigsaw is a digitisation and document management service – we scan things for other businesses who are trying to become more efficient and use less paper. There are a whole range of jobs associated with doing this work – document preparation, specialist scanning, data and document management, quality control, project and relationship management to name a few.

Usually, we get everyone to try out Jigsaw with a work experience placement first, to see if you like the work and to make sure we can provide the right supports to enable your success in the workplace. After a work experience placement, there may be an ongoing paid position for you at Jigsaw, depending on how your work experience went, and once you have reached a certain level of skill, quality of work, and independence. We can also provide a reference for you, and a range of other support to assist you transition to a job in the mainstream workforce, if that’s your goal.

To find out more about a job or work experience placement, please phone our Intake Team on (02) 9905 0415 or email intake@fightingchance.org.au and we can talk more about the options.

If you are looking for an alternative to recreational day programs, where you can learn and build skills within a real business, then Avenue is for you.

Avenue is a retail distribution and marketing business that brings epic social and ethical brands to the world. We help other businesses share their great products and ideas by mobilising the time, talents and abilities of people with disability. This creates a huge range of work – inventory and stock management, research and competitor analysis, social media and marketing, sales and distribution to name a few.

The Avenue day program has been designed to enable people with profound and severe disability to access work skills with the supports they need to achieve their goals. We understand the importance of having access to vocational training and purposeful work, and would love to talk to you about the right role for you at Avenue. Daily Support Fees can be funded through an NDIS package, other government funding, self-funded, or we are happy to talk about any other arrangement that would work for you.

Please phone our Intake Team on (02) 9905 0415 or email intake@fightingchance.org.au and we can talk more about Avenue.

We offer work experience to people 15 years of age or older, within both of our businesses, Jigsaw and Avenue. In our experience, it can be tough to get a job or a chance at an opportunity if you don’t have any experience on your resume, or have been out of work for some time.

Our work experience program can help you take that first step on the pathway to a job. You can learn a range of skills within a real business, as well as have access to our Learning Programs in social skills, workplace etiquette and job readiness.

The work experience program is free to those who may not have funding, thanks to the generous support of our donors. Otherwise it can be funded through an NDIS package, other government funding, self-funded, or we are happy to talk about any other arrangement that would work for you.

Please phone our Intake Team on (02) 9905 0415 or email intake@fightingchance.org.au and we can talk more about work experience.

LifeX is a social program helping people reconnect and reclaim their social life and self confidence. LifeX offers regular social events, opportunities to meet new people, and a mentorship program offering public speaking, blogging and social skills workshops.

LifeX is free of charge, and you do not need to be a Fighting Chance participant to join, but you do need to provide your own support workers and transport where needed. For more information, please email the LifeX coordinator Jo at  (02) 9905 0415 or email jo@fightingchance.org.au and we can talk more about LifeX.

The Lab is a weekend club held at Fighting Chance, where kids and teenagers on the Autism Spectrum get together to have fun and learn about technology. Tech industry mentors with experience in gaming, coding, robotics, programming and online development (and usually some personal experience of Autism) take participants on a journey of learning and discovery that is limited only by what the kids want to achieve!

The Lab is held at one of Fighting Chance’s work hubs in Frenchs Forest, with two sessions each Saturday during school term, from 10:00am-11:30am and 11:30am-1pm.

Attendance fees can be funded through an NDIS package, other government funding, self-funded, or we are happy to talk about any other arrangement that would work for you.

For more information, or to set up a free no-obligation trial, please email The Lab’s coordinator at thelab@fightingchance.org.au

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS) is a significant change to the way people with disability are funded and supported by the Government. Fighting Chance has been experiencing the transition to NDIS along with our community on the Northern Beaches of Sydney since mid-2016 and we have learnt a lot along the way.

If you need any advice about what the NDIS means for you, how to prepare for the transition to NDIS, or how to navigate the new system of funding once you have transitioned, we would love to share our experiences with you and see if we can help.

You do not need to be a Fighting Chance participant to access this support, and we will not charge you for providing this advice.

Please give us a call on (02) 9905 0415 or email hello@fightingchance.org.au with your NDIS question.

If you are a recent school leaver with funding for a School Leavers Employment Support program, then we would love to talk to you. We run a specific Learning Program at our business, Jigsaw, for School Leavers. The program usually takes people on for two years, immediately after leaving school.

Jigsaw is a digitisation and document management service – we scan things for other businesses who are trying to become more efficient and use less paper. There are a whole range of jobs associated with doing this work – document preparation, specialist scanning, data and document management, quality control, project and relationship management to name a few.

You can learn a range of skills within this real business, as well as have access to Learning Programs in social skills, workplace etiquette and job readiness. Learning Programs can be tailored to your needs, but typically involve a range of small group learning and activities, as well as one to one mentoring.

At the end of your program, there may be an ongoing paid position for you at Jigsaw. We can also provide a reference for you, and a range of other support to assist you transition to a job in the mainstream workforce, or on to further education and training, depending on what your goal is.

Please phone our Intake Team on (02) 9905 0415 or email intake@fightingchance.org.au and we can talk more about our School Leavers Program.

We would love to show you around our businesses so you can see how we work and learn more about our programs and what might be right for you. Please phone our Intake Team on (02) 9905 0415 or email intake@fightingchance.org.au and we can set up a time for you to come and see us.

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