Reaping the rewards of partnership

17 August 2016

Local commercial vegetable seedling Nursery, Withcott Seedlings, has said that people with a disability are an invaluable part of their workforce, following a partnership with Endeavour Foundation.

Highlighting the team’s meticulous methods and attention to detail, which have led to unforseen efficiencies, Mike Hindle, CEO of Withcott Seedlings, said that his organisation’s culture of respect and understanding has been enhanced through the partnership.

“The team from Endeavour are always happy and respond positively to instruction and training particularly for more detailed work. We do not see or treat the Endeavour team any different to other employees as they have a great deal of pride in the work they do. I can thoroughly recommend the Endeavour Foundation employees to other employers as it is a great opportunity for both parties to achieve their respective work goals."

David Heathcote from Endeavour Foundation said that the partnership has been a huge success for all involved. The diversity of opportunity has kept supported employees really engaged, while the chance to work out in the community has allowed them to enjoy the experience of a mainstream – albeit supported - working environment,” David said.

“We appreciate the fact that the management of Withcott Seedlings have so readily recognised the achievements of supported employees, giving them the confidence to keep trying new things.

“The Endeavour Foundation team love coming to work every day where they can contribute to their community and develop personal skills, including communication, time management and organisation, as well as those directly related to their role.

“This kind of experience is crucial in terms of building the sort of skills they will need to transition to the open job market, if and when they are ready.

“We’re incredibly proud of this achievement, although not surprised – the local team are meticulous in their work. It’s because of their commitment that we are able to guarantee consistent and high quality services to all Endeavour Foundation customers. Sincere thanks to all local businesses who continue to support our work in the region, and provide new and exciting opportunities for the 142 supported employees working at our site.”

Endeavour Foundation’s Toowoomba site, which has been providing employment opportunities to people with a disability for nearly 45 years, operating business areas such as food packing, NAID Certified Document Destruction, general packaging and mailing and collating.

 

Contact us to find out how we can support you

Share:    



Other blogs and information you maybe interested in

How comfortable are you around people with intellectual disability?

How would you feel if you lived next door to someone with an intellectual disability or if they sat next to you on the bus? It turns out; the answer depends on how severe the person’s impairment is.

50 years of improving lives in Nambour

People with intellectual disability and their families today celebrated half-a-century of growth and development opportunities at Endeavour Foundation’ Nambour Learning and Lifestyle (L&L) Hub.

Statement on Senate Select Committee on Autism

We rarely hear good news for people with autism. Living with an invisible disability, they are often misunderstood, criticised and penalised for neurological differences they cannot control.

Cairns’ newest fully accessible home complete

Russell Boll says the first thing he’s going to do when he moves into his new home is cook up a storm.

Warwick’s biggest employer of people with a disability turns 40

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

Results of the 2019 Elected Director Election

The 2019 Elected Director Election has been completed with Scott Ellis from the Brisbane Metropolitan Area Committee and Pedro Mendiolea from the North Queensland Area Committee being re-elected to the Board of Directors of Endeavour Foundation.