Posted Thursday February 14, 2013
Christmas will be brighter for many Toowoomba families this year, with the creation of 37 new jobs by local business, Ability Enterprises. The organisation was established to provide meaningful work in a supportive environment for people with disabilities. Having recently accessed a working capital loan from the Social Ventures Australia Social Impact Fund, Ability Enterprises became a successful tenderer for Toowoomba Regional Council waste management services. The staff will support the new contract.
Luke Terry from Toowoomba Club House, one of the founding partners in Ability Enterprises said, “Toowoomba Regional Council’s forward thinking social procurement policy will make a dramatic and positive impact on people’s lives, both for the employees who will service the contract and local Toowoomba residents. Ability Enterprises creates real jobs for people with disabilities. This contract is a win for everyone involved.”
Ian Learmonth, Social Finance Director at Social Ventures Australia acknowledged Ability Enterprises as a leader in the field of effective employment creation with benefits for the whole community. _“Social enterprise is a growing trend, where organisations create businesses that have a community purpose beyond financial return. Our Social Impact Fund is designed to help organisations like Ability Enterprises develop and take advantage of opportunities like the Toowoomba Regional Council tender. Ability Enterprises’ success is a great example of business, the community and council working together to create better social outcomes for some of the most marginalised members of our community.” _