Securing Employment Opportunities
A major 3-year deal between SA Group Enterprises’ Laundry and Linen Services and UnitingCare Synergy has seen South Australia’s largest nongovernment disability support provider now offering laundry services to Resthaven, Helping Hand Aged Care, St Andrews Hospital and ElderCare.
Minda CEO Cathy Miller says the significant contract generates an additional 25 tonnes of laundry per week, providing workplace surety for the 45 supported workers at the recently-opened Lonsdale facility.
“This contract sees our Laundry collecting and cleaning items from as far away as Murray Bridge right down to Mount Gambier in the South East, and in response we are now looking for at least 10 more supported workers who want to earn a wage and learn new skills in an environment that has a focus on ability rather than disability,” she says.
Minda’s General Manager Commercial Enterprises, Jamie Higgins continues: “It’s the largest laundry and linen operation of its type in Australia, and we are so pleased to align with UnitingCare Synergy as a major purchasing group to work with a number of other leading organisations that share common goals and values as Minda, and support South Australians and their families.
“Under the changing NDIS environment it is important to have sustainable and commercially competitive social enterprises in place, which is why we have invested in the purpose-built Aldershot Road facility and have purchased European-designed and manufactured equipment to make it
the cleanest and lowest carbon footprint commercial laundry operating in SA.”
The agreement represents a win:win outcome because it sees UnitingCare Synergy helping to encourage a more inclusive community, while also having varied laundry and cleaning needs locally met in a cost-competitive way by a market-leading commercial facility.
Cathy says, “Minda has an outstanding reputation for disability employment, and it is important to generate more income if we want to do more for the people we support – and our Laundry and Linen Services is a sustainable social enterprise model that strengthens our efforts to create a broader jobs platform for South Australians with disability.”