Are you a teacher? Psychologist? Web designer? Trapeze artist?

Whatever your job, your work plays a massive role in your life. It can define who you are and who you want to be. It connects you to your community. And it contributes to your health and well-being, self-esteem and financial capacity.

But for some, that sense of identity has been gone for too long.

While every Australian deserves the opportunity to engage in meaningful work, the job market’s tough. And it’s even tougher for people who have the deck stacked against them due to barriers such as broken homes, mental illness, disabilities or a lack of skills and qualifications.

Thankfully however, plenty of individuals and organisations have taken up the bugle call to lend a hand to those who need it most.

And countless more have successfully transitioned into productive work as a result.

At The Good Xmas Trail, we don’t ask that you commit your blood, tears and first-born child to the cause. But we do believe that trickles can turn into waterfalls. By making some small changes to your Christmas shopping choices this year, you could help give Australian employment the boost it desperately needs.

Get festive at a weekend market

Local art, accessories, food and entertainment galore! Need we say more?

Hosted by worthy social enterprise The Bridge, the Makers Market Thornbury will have you ticking off your Christmas gift list faster than you can gobble up that salted caramel fudge.

To be held this Saturday 3 December, this iconic local market plays a vital role in helping build self-esteem, confidence and stronger futures for its customers, staff and volunteers.

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Shop thrifty. Shop well.

Keep the style, fun and fashion flowing at The Conscious Closet, your go-to for women’s contemporary, designer and vintage clothing – at a fraction of the price.

By shopping recycled, you’ll be reducing your impact on the environment and doing your bit to combat fast fashion. What’s more, 100% of your purchase goes to helping disadvantaged women find and keep work.

Cool threads? Tick. Saving the environment? Tick. Changing women’s lives? Tick.

As far as we’re concerned, it’s a win-win-win on every front.

Fancy a home-cooked meal (without the cooking part)?

Are you partial to some authentic mouth-watering cooking – without the work or cleaning up? Then look no further than Bendigo’s Peppergreen Farm Catering.

With surprisingly affordable gourmet meals and catering vouchers on offer, you’ve just found the perfect gift for time-poor families, the elderly and pernickety eaters alike. Best of all, every dollar goes towards on-the-job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Nibble on a bickie (or six)

Anzac, jam drop, ginger, choc chip, macadamia and shortbread. Why stop at just one?

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When you buy Aussie Biscuits, your sweet tooth certainly gets a workout – but your heart gets to feel good too. That’s because every packet you buy goes towards employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

So go ahead and order your batch of delicious baked goodies online today!

These oh-so-Christmassy activities are proof positive that you can give a little to get a whole lot – especially when it comes to helping combat the cruel cycle of long-term unemployment.

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