Meaningful work for disabled people

November 01, 2017

The Task Force team in action at the car wash.

MURRAY Human Services’ Task Force is opening its doors on Friday.

The workforce base on Francis St, Echuca is participating in Our Work in Action Week which is designed to showcase what disability enterprises do.

It is also an opportunity to share the stories of supported employees and bust some myths about supported employment.

Murray Human Services chief executive Scott Alexander said MHS operated Task Force in Echuca, Swan Hill and Kerang.

‘‘We’re incredibly proud to offer paid, meaningful work to adults with a disability,’’ he said.

‘‘BuyAbility is an initiative of National Disability Services and aims to promote and secure a thriving supported employment sector — one that produces high-quality products and services and meaningful employment and training opportunities for people with disability.’’

NDS chief executive Ken Baker said BuyAbility was about celebrating the value of supported employment.

‘‘177 not-for-profit disability enterprises employ almost 21,000 people with disability who otherwise would be excluded from work,’’ he said.

‘‘Disability enterprises create enormous social and economic benefits for their local communities and Australia.

‘‘Each year disability enterprises save the Australian government close to $500 million.’’

Mr Alexander said they offered 89 people supported employment who work across 50 contracts which include partnering with local businesses on a variety of projects.

“I encourage all members of our community to pop into Task Force to see our work in action this Friday,’’ he said.

‘‘We would love to welcome people so they can find out more about the value of inclusion and meaningful work for people with a disability.’’

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