Search for people with disability to work at The Sewing Basket

Jenny McCullum at the Newington store

Disability services provider Achieve Australia is looking for 10 new employees with a disability to work in its social enterprise, The Sewing Basket at Kincumber.

The Sewing Basket supplies a wide range of donated fabrics, patterns, patchwork, embroidery materials, knitting and crochet yarn, haberdashery and more, while providing employment opportunities for people with disability.

The shop prevents many useful items from going to landfill.

There also shops at Balmain, Caringbah and Newington, but the new jobs will be based at the Kincumber store and warehouse.

Jenny McCullum is one of the employees with a disability at The Sewing Basket in Newington.

She has worked there since 2014 and has been a client of Achieve Australia for more than 20 years.

An avid knitter, Jenny said she really enjoys going to work each day.

“I feel good when I come to work; I love talking to all my friends and looking after the customers,” she said.

“It takes a long time to knit blankets, but I love it.

“It’s relaxing and you can do it in front of the TV with a cup of tea.”

Her face features on The Sewing Basket brochures and signs statewide.

Manager Geraldine Daniel said social inclusion makes The Sewing Basket a great place to work.

“The Sewing Basket offers people with disability the opportunity to work in a creative, fun environment and train in roles that are unique and rewarding,” she said.

“Our employees perform a varied range of tasks and contribute to the overall growth of our store, while also showcasing their amazing talents.

“We are a one-of-a-kind store that sells only donated products, thereby giving the products a second life, instead of ending up in landfill.

People with disability can apply for the Kincumber positions at .

Source:, Media release, Jun 21, 2022, The Sewing Basket