Besides the craft and café offerings, LucyG has a little bit of extra magic that makes things happen in unexpected and special ways. LucyG was founded with the express purpose of creating meaningful employment for many young adults with disabilities, who are perfectly capable of working, while also offering a wonderful service to the wider community – a space to be creative, stimulated and have fun!
For most of our staff, their challenge is not just having a disability (of any kind); they also have had to deal with environmental and social barriers that limit their ability and opportunity to experience most activities we take for granted. Society in general has not really perceived that with reasonable accommodation, many people with disabilities can and would love to participate in the day to day activities that define our everyday lives, including working and contributing to their own communities.
Lucy G offers an inclusive environment, enabling many of these staff to learn to work, thereby enabling and empowering them. Through making simple accommodations, they can understand what is required of them, and become more assured and independent. The staff have grown beyond expectations, and their genuine acceptance of everyone (and their humour!) has significantly changed the perceptions of those who interact with them. In many cases, their families report back on wonderful transformations in confidence, attitude and self-worth.
The rest of the team at LucyG are currently all VOLUNTEERS! Our young adults often need one-on-one training or supervision to build confidence and skills, and the directors keep an overall eye on the management and marketing. Lucy G seems to exude such a positive energy that it attracts people who are prepared to give freely of their time, and our young adults are reaping the benefits!
How will this impact on your experience? Well, you need to come on in to find out! Most of our customers feel there is just “something different” about the vibe here at LucyG. And we can only put it down to the love that flows so freely between our special staff, our volunteers and our customers – what an amazing group of people!
So visit us to get YOUR dose of that “little bit of extra magic”.