Sharks Have Heart in partnership with Capital Bluestone hosted the annual Southern Sydney Transition Careers Expo at Sharks Leagues Club on Tuesday.

The Southern Sydney Transition Careers Expo provides opportunities for local students with a physical or intellectual disability to access information regarding further education, career and vocational pathways from government, employment, leisure, recreational and respite services.

The expo also welcomes ex-students and adults from the community who have disabilities and provides opportunities for them to access a broader range of services.

The day was a success with over 200 students and carers from the Sutherland and St George area filling the Aqua Lounge overlooking PointsBet stadium.

Students and carers were able to connect face to face with 38 local service providers to learn more about their post-school options.

Some of the organisations in attendance were Disability Services Australia, Job Support, 3 Bridges, The Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, NDIS and Civic Disability Services.

This is the first year the Sharks have hosted the Expo, with the popularity of the event in recent years resulting in organisers needed a larger venue.

Inclusivity and Diversity are key pillars of Sharks Have Heart’s 2019 programming and with the accessibility of Sharks Leagues Club it was a perfect match. Sharks Have Heart with Capital Bluestone hosted and catered Tuesday’s Expo free of charge.

Students and exhibitors commented they were excited by this year’s location change, and enjoyed the opportunity to speak with a collection of young Sharks players who came by the Expo to learn about the services on offer, chatting and taking pictures with students. One happy student went home with a signed Sharks jersey.

To support inclusive community events such as these, donate to Sharks Have Heart: https://asf.org.au/donate/cronulla-sharks-football-club/sharks-have-heart-inclusivity-and-diversity/

To find out more about the organisations listed above, go to the the dedicated website links below. 

3 Bridges: https://3bridges.org.au/

Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George: https://www.idfstgeorge.org.au/

Job Support: https://jobsupport.org.au/

Civic Disability Services: https://civic.org.au/

Disability Services Australia: https://www.dsa.org.au/

NDIS: https://www.ndis.gov.au/

Editorial by Gabrielle Platt