Many years ago people living with a disability were unable to find work and families came together all over Australia to create facilities where their children could go each day to keep them occupied. Over time those places became known as sheltered workshops and the people working there were often thought do be doing things simply to keep them occupied. This sector later came under tight government regulation and the organisations have become highly professional operations offering quality assured services to small, medium and large business as well as government entities.
Greenacres has been in operation for more than 60 years and employs over 240 people living with a disability in three facilities across Wollongong. Our Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) is not only a place of employment for our supported workers but a place where they build friendships, gain self worth, independence and learn other social skills just like everyone else does during their working life. The big difference between Greenacres and other employers is that we understand and can help our team deal with the difficulties and challenges that come with having a disability. It is such a supportive environment that people at Greenacres Industries actually like going to work!