UnitingCare and Another Life are the perfect blend for barista Samuel
By Emily Toxward
If you’re ever in Toowoomba’s Another Life Coffee and Wares, come and say hello to barista extraordinaire Samuel.
The keen coffee bean has earned his stripes in latte art, as well as responsible service of alcohol, thanks to the support of UnitingCare’s Employment Services.
“I love making coffees, I love cooking, I love Another Life Coffee and I love to be independent at work,” Samuel, 32, says.
UnitingCare employment consultant Sam Ryan helped Samuel secure work at Another Life, which is committed to empowering people with disability by providing them with jobs and opportunities to learn new skills.
“I introduced myself to Another Life Coffee because I had been helping Samuel realise his dream of becoming a barista,” Sam says.
“Together we popped in with his resume and from there we organised a work trial.”
Sam says Samuel has come a long way in the 12 months since he started.
“At the start I was working closely alongside him at the cafe but he’s progressed so well and his confidence levels have grown to such a level that he’s now able to work independently, which he loves.”