AFFORD has been named runner-up for its services to employees with disability at the Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) Awards for Excellence, held on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
AFFORD provides employment to hundreds of people with disability in Greater Western Sydney, with a pallet manufacturing facility, e-cycling plant, scanning division and packaging services.
One of Nestle Australia’s approved co-packers, AFFORD has also been awarded the highest supplier rating by Nestle for all areas of the business including employee conditions, quality and management.
“One of the most innovative and successful programs at AFFORD is its Transition to Retirement Program, which explores the transition to retirement for older supported employees through community group and volunteering opportunities,” said AFFORD CEO Phillip Anderson.
“Retirees with disability are likely to face isolation and loneliness on retirement and as a result may develop other health issues such as depression.”
AFFORD’s Transition to Retirement Program works with Men’s Sheds, senior citizen centres, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and local gardening and bowling clubs to connect employees considering retirement with suitable community organisations.
With 55 participants aged 45-74, the Transition to Retirement Program demonstrates AFFORD’s commitment to providing whole of life pathways for people with disability to enjoy greater quality of life.
AFFORD adopts a holistic approach to training and skills development to over 450 employees with disability with a strong focus on job skills development.
For more information about AFFORD visit www.afford.com.au
Australian Disability Enterprises are commercial businesses that provide real work opportunities for more than 20,000 people with disability across Australia.
Operating across a wide range of industries, Australian Disability Enterprises cover everything from graphic design, printing, and metal fabrication through to packaging, recycling and landscaping.
For further information visit www.australiandisabilityenterprises.com.au