Striking up fun

Rebecca and Pete Strachan were all smiles. 200339_08

By Brendan Rees

People with disabilities faced no barriers as they took part in a tenpin bowling in Narre Warren on 3 December.

The team at Narre Warrens’ DVJS Employment Solutions hosted a free event at OZ Ten Pin Bowling to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

Job seekers, employers and staff were invited to the event which aimed to increase public awareness and acceptance of people with a disability and celebrate their achievements.

DVJS Employment Solutions brand manager Pete Strachan said there were plenty of fun, smiles and laughter.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our jobseekers and employers wanting to participate and celebrate the day,” he said.

The day also provided a chance for new friendships to be made, helping those who may struggle meeting people or live in isolation, he said.

“We specifically chose bowling as our event as there is a lot of synergy between bowling and people with disability.

“Most people associate those with a disability with someone needing a wheelchair; the reality is statistically this only represents three per cent.

“Bowling caters for all ability; some people require bumpers while others are bowling spares and strikes. This is just like the variety of our Jobseekers; we have those looking for non-skilled roles to those seeking more skilled employment opportunities,” Mr Strachan said.

DVJS Employment Solutions provides a free service which has helped thousands of people living with disability into mainstream employment with supportive companies.

If you would like to know more about how you can help someone with a disability with a job and receive generous wage subsidies or are a person with disability looking for work, call the team from DVJS Employment Solutions on 1300 385 738 or visit