17 Bizlink clients with disability given employment at City of Cockburn

James Banks, Darren McDowell & David Cipriani are all now employed at the City of Cockburn. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488227 communitypix.com.au
James Banks, Darren McDowell & David Cipriani are all now employed at the City of Cockburn. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488227 communitypix.com.au

COCKBURN’S parks and gardens are looking beautiful thanks to the work of employees living with disability.

Local disability employment service Bizlink joined with the City of Cockburn earlier this year, a partnership that has seen 17 of the organisation’s clients find meaningful employment as part of the City of Cockburn parks and gardens, libraries and executive services teams.

Bizlink marketing manager Steven Mangan said some of the group helped to clean and maintain green areas around Cockburn via litter collection, raking sandpits and reporting graffiti or damage to the City, while others helped with hospitality and library duties including setting up rooms for meetings, setting tables for dinner parties, putting library books away and cleaning.

He said having a job was hugely important to the clients.

“City of Cockburn provides employment that helps our clients to contribute not only to society but to their own personal health and wellbeing,” he said.

“It gives them a sense of self-worth and meaning and assists with their social inclusion and overall independence.

“One cannot underestimate the value of meaningful employment and the positive impact it has on an individual.

“Through this partnership it breaks down the perception that people with a disability are any less capable than any other working Australian.”

Call 1300 780 789 or visit www.bizlink.asn.au for more information on Bizlink.