GIVING people living with disability the chance to get into the workforce has seen Braemar Presbyterian Care named a finalist in the Aged and Community Services of WA (ACSWA) Excellence in Care Awards.
Braemar’s partnership with Workpower gives disadvantaged members of the community the opportunity to work in their East Fremantle, Bicton and Willagee facilities.
Braemar support worker Jess Ford, who was employed through the partnership, said she had loved working there for the last two years.
“It’s not just a job it’s part of my life and I work with a great team who are more than just co-workers, they’re friends,” she said.
“I’m very proud of my role and feel incredibly fortunate for the flexibility and patience that the team at Braemar have shown in supporting me to work for the organisation.”
Braemar chief executive Glenn Muskett said there were huge benefits to the program, including the great, hard working staff the organisation acquired.
“A significant number of our team members have commenced employment as a result of this partnership, and in fact several have become some of our best employees, with three being awarded employee of the month during 2015,” he said.
“Being announced as a finalist in the ACSWA Awards is a great honour for Braemar, and we are genuinely delighted to have our partnership with Workpower recognised by West Australia’s peak aged care body, and in turn highlight how important it is to give people with disabilities the opportunity for meaningful employment.”
Braemar was named a finalist in the Employer of Choice category.
Winners will be announced on June 10.