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The work and lifestyle skills of people with a disability in Toowoomba have received a boost with the opening of a specialised training centre.
The centre, at Endeavour Foundation Business Solutions in Ramsay Street, results from generous funding and in-kind donations from community benefit funds and the business community.
Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Brazil Family Foundation, Arrow Energy, Suncorp Call Centre (Toowoomba) and Power Tynan Accountants have given cash, furniture and fittings, and laptop computers, to make it happen.
“Without their involvement this centre could not be possible. We are very grateful for the contribution made by the funds and businesses,” said Endeavour Foundation CEO, David Barbagallo.
“It will enable Endeavour Foundation to provide a dedicated training environment and enhance skills and workplace opportunities for our employees. This will also extend to lifestyle skills training in areas like health and fitness, mobility and nutrition.”
Endeavour Foundation Business Solutions in Toowoomba employs 140 people with a disability, offering a wide range of services, including recycling, packaging, labelling, collating and document destruction. These are supported by a large warehouse operation.
State member for Toowoomba South and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr John McVeigh, opened the new training centre in a dedication ceremony.
Apart from employment services, Endeavour Foundation supports people with a disability in the Toowoomba area through residential accommodation support, in-home support and respite services. The region also has recycled clothing stores and Learning and Lifestyle and post-school education opportunities. A large workforce of staff and volunteers are involved in providing support.
“These are all part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to support people with a disability in the region to have choice of an ordinary life,” said Mr Barbagallo.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.
Gary Gilby, Media & Communications Officer