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Busselton business is out of the box

Bec Donald and some of her gift boxes

Bec Donald, of Busselton, has started a business that creates gift boxes for people. 

Business is blossoming for Busselton’s Bec Donald, 46, who has set up a specialty gift box service in her local area.

Bec’s love of parties led her to create “Bec’s Party in a Box”, where she puts together gift boxes for parties to give people a little help during special times of the year.

Her first boxes were designed for Christmas Eve in 2015 and she is now planning specialty boxes for Christmas in July.

Bec’s business was established with the support of the Open Workforce program, a joint venture between the My Place Foundation and Forrest Personnel to support people with disability not eligible for Disability Employment Services.

The pilot project assists people with the capacity to work up to eight hours a week to find and maintain paid employment or set up a small enterprise.

Bec, who has an intellectual disability, limited verbal communication and requires fulltime support, is one of several job seekers with disability taking part in the WA NDIS My Way trial in the Lower South West.

“Bec is already well-connected within the community so we concluded a small enterprise, rather than employment, would be an appropriate option,” Open Work force employment broker Mim Kuipers said.

“One of Bec’s greatest passions is parties, aside from her family and friends, and her business Bec’s Party in a Box evolved from there.”

After the success of her first Christmas Eve ‘party in a box’, she expanded her range to include activity bags and deluxe dog boxes – gift boxes for dog-owners who like to treat their pets.

Bec and her support team collate items they buy for the boxes and also add pieces such as napkins, decorations and Christmas crackers they make themselves. Social media is used to market the product and she receives orders by text message.

Orders are hand-delivered by Bec and her support team, allowing Bec to get out in the community and meet her customers.

“Our major goal this year is to build upon Bec’s skills to ensure she is very much a part of every single aspect of her business,” Mim said.

By the time the Open Workforce pilot project finishes in June, it aims to have provided full support for at least 14 job seekers with disability.

Bec’s Party in a Box can be contacted on 0456 759 852 or via her Facebook page .

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