Willow and Ann Marie

Warwick’s biggest employer of people with a disability, Endeavour Foundation Business Solutions, is this week celebrating its Ruby Anniversary.

Over the course of 40 years, Endeavour Foundation has provided work and training opportunities to more than 100 people with an intellectual disability on the Southern Downs.

Executive General Manager – Service Delivery Kerin McMahon said employees, staff and the families who helped get the service off the ground should be proud of the incredible milestone.

“I’d like to congratulate our Warwick team for the hard work and dedication they’ve put in to get to 40 years – the Ruby Anniversary,” Ms McMahon said.

“In Australia, if you have a disability, you’re more than twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to the national average.

“Disability Enterprises like Endeavour Foundation Business Solutions – Warwick provide meaningful employment to people who require additional supports unavailable in most mainstream workplaces.

“By partnering with Endeavour Foundation, businesses and local government support people with a disability to have all the benefits that come with having a job such as earning an income, improved self-esteem and greater community engagement.”

Originally established in 1979 as an Activity Therapy Centre Endeavour Foundation’s Warwick branch supported people with a disability to provide paid and unpaid work in the community.

Now a fulltime social enterprise, Endeavour Foundation employs 44 locals with a disability in a variety of roles including confidential document destruction, manufacturing stone hearths and recycling.

Maryanne Rogers has worked for Endeavour Foundation since 1987 and enjoys the diversity of work.

“I assist at the Tip Shop in sales, receiving goods and preparation for sale,” Ms Rogers said.

“If I didn’t work, I’d stare at the four walls all day and be bored.”

Ms Rogers said she was excited to be celebrating the 40th anniversary.

“It’s great! I’m looking forward to seeing some ‘old’ faces,” she said.

Endeavour Foundation was founded in 1951 and is a registered NDIS provider, offering support to people with an intellectual disability at work, at home and in the community.