Hallam based Waverley Industries this year racks up an impressive fifth straight win in the Social Enterprise category.
The business is one of the leading Australian Disability Enterprises in Victoria, providing quality employment to people with disabilities.
Employees provides a range of services to the local community, including packaging/assembly, catering, gardening and woodwork.
The business commenced operations in November 1984 with the aim of providing Supported Employment Opportunities for people with special needs, in particular intellectually disabled adults.
Waverley Industries employs 350 plus adults with special needs and 60 plus full time and casual staff across 2 sites in Notting Hill and Hallam.
The business has six specialty divisions – packaging, assembly, catering, wood work, transport and garden / maintenance services. The Packaging and Assembly Division specialises in packaging, collating, labelling, mail-outs, shrink-wrapping and assembly work ranging from small component sub-assembly to complete product assembly. The Catering Division specialises in providing customers with food and beverage catering at a competitive price, delivered to the door. The Transport Division provides a pickup and delivery service for customers. The Garden / Maintenance Division has utes with trailers providing mowing, gardening, litter patrol and bin cleaning services across the South-East.
Waverley Industries also provides accredited training to 40 students with special needs in partnership with special schools, as well as providing Work Experience programs to approximately 100 students with special needs on a weekly basis.
Waverley Industries also operates a Community Volunteering Program that provides over 45,000 hours of volunteering annually.
The judge was impressed with the businesses’ social impact throughout the Casey Cardinia Region.
“What Waverley Industries brings to the region is outstanding along with a significant increase in volunteering that has such a positive effect on our community in the Casey Cardinia Region and society,“ noted the judge.
“The positive change for people with disabilities also spreads awareness to the community about the opportunities that are available for people with a disability.
“A significant contributor and service provider. What a great service to have in Casey Cardinia.“