When St Vincent de Paul needed extra people to work at its new Launceston Superstore, Chloe Hansson was the ideal candidate.
Interact Australia Performance & Partnership leader Inga Apostol arranged a work placement for client Miss Hansson, who has Down syndrome, and the job match was made.
Miss Hansson, 21, works two four-hour shifts at the store each week, and said she enjoyed sorting clothes and bric a brac, as well as working with people.
"I fill up the racks with clothes," she said.
"I sort out the boys' and mens' clothes and I like stacking CDs and DVDs.
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Human Resource manager Kirsten Winspear said the charity was thrilled to give Miss Hansson her first job in July.
"Chloe couldn't wait to get started," Ms Winspear said.
Superstore manager Leanne Sanders said Miss Hansson had become an important part of the team at Boland Street.
"Chloe is popular with the other staff and volunteers, and loves helping our customers whenever she can," Ms Sanders said.
"She has settled into her new role, working a few days a week, and has made a positive impact on her colleagues."
Interact supports people with disability to find employment and Ms Apostol said Miss Hansson's role, with her support worker Anita Murray, had been positive for all involved.
"Chloe came to us and I sent an email. Kirsten and the Vinnies team found there was work for Chloe.
"They love Chloe, we loved them and now she's here," she said.
"[Anita] spends every shift with Chloe, guiding and coaching her through tasks. We are part of NDIS and this is part of her plan to have a support worker.
"Now she's expanding her duties."
St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive Lara Alexander said the charity wanted to lead by example and offer employment or volunteer opportunities to people with a disability.
"Possibly because the whole Vinnies organisation is one of support and empathy, we are best placed to show leadership in this area and help the disadvantaged and disabled within our community," she said.
"By working with organisations such as Interact Australia, our intention is to raise awareness of disability inclusion and to make it part of every CEO's agenda."
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