Parenting and Education
Thrift provides more opportunities for our youth
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

Fusion team leader Gemma Bell and Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Despi O’Connor speak at the opening of the new Thrift op-shop in Mornington.

The opening of a new op-shop in Mornington marks another milestone for Fusion as it continues helping our young people gain the skills and confidence they need to enter the workforce.

Thrift is located in a warehouse at 26 Progress St that has undergone a transformation over the past month or so to create a space for people from all walks of life, with a variety of skills and abilities, to work alongside each other. Together with Fusion’s op-shop in Robertson Drive, Thrift will become not only a source of income to support and sustain the work of Fusion on the Peninsula, it will also provide a hub for employability skills training for young people. Connecting with school VCAL co-ordinators and work providers, Fusion is helping young people become job-ready.

“Supported by our tagline for 2021 – ‘It Takes A Village’ – Thrift and Fusion are about building a community that supports everyone,” said Fusion’s business and communications manager, Caitlin Swanton. “We want to build young people up. We want young people to gain skills and confidence that allow them to be confident members of our community – our village.”

Thrift was opened on March 5, with Fusion team leader Gemma Bell and Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Despi O’Connor speaking to the vision, dream and necessity of such resources in the community.

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