$10,000 a tidy sum for jobs to keep Northern Beaches green

10 July 2015

Based on the Northern Beaches, Bushlink is an innovative employment program for people with disabilities run by Northside Enterprise Incorporated. Now, thanks to a $10,000 Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Fund grant, the social enterprise can buy new equipment and get going on more environmental projects.

It is one of three successful non-profit awards from the Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Fund announced by Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo.

“This grant will keep people with a disability in work and will help improve the performance of a valuable social enterprise,” Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said.

Bushlink has a supervisor and a small team of people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities who undertake gardening and bush regeneration services around the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

This innovative social enterprise model is not government funded and was established in 2009. Northside provides independent living and employment skills training as well as leisure and community access for people with a disability.

Bushlink team leader Cathy Hockey said the grant would assist significantly in maintaining the professional image of the team. “It’s a real boost. We’re trying to be self-sustaining, because we know there’s a lot of people who would like to do this sort of work. It has a real community benefit too,” she said.

Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Fund chairman Grant Murdoch said the grant was cost-effective way to contribute to a social enterprise that provided jobs to people with a disability and took on worthwhile environmental projects.

“Like Northside Enterprise, Endeavour Foundation understands the value of supported employment,” Mr Murdoch said. “We know that having a job is a vital source of financial independence, self-esteem and a sense of purpose for everybody, including those with a disability.”

This year The Disability Research Fund awarded $40,000 to fund research, endowed two awards of $5000 each to higher degree students and made a total of $20,000 available to non-profit organisations.

The Endeavour Foundation Disability Research Fund is a public benevolent institution that seeks to benefit the wider Australian disability sector as a whole, with an emphasis on people with an intellectual disability. The fund has distributed more than $300,000 in grants since 2012.

It is a capital-preserved fund, with donations invested and interest earned used to support Disability Research Fund annual grants.

For details go to: www.endeavourresearchfund.com.au/

Photo and interview opportunities available.

Contact:
Jane Kenrick, Media & Communications officer, Endeavour Foundation 
P: (03) 9851 9750, 
M: 0417 912 644, 
E: j.kenrick@endeavour.com.au

Cathy Hockey, Bushlink team leader, 
P: (02) 9905 5377, 
M: 0402 336 535, 
E: info@bushlink.org.au

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