Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton
Lotterywest Grant Supports Workpower Incorporated
Victor P Taffa
A not-for-profit organisation that has helped thousands of people with disability gain employment today received a State Government-supported Lotterywest grant of $210,666 from Disability Services Minister Helen Morton.
Mrs. Morton said the funds would be used to refurbish the Workpower Incorporated building at its Middle Swan site and create a base for local participants in Workpower’s Alternative to Employment program.
The grant will also be used to create space for other community groups to access and to build a community garden, pottery kiln, IT resources and activity rooms.
The Minister said since Workpower was established in 1992, the organisation had gone from strength to strength, providing a variety of employment options for its clients.
“This also includes programs for community access; leisure and skills development; training and consultancy services and respite for carers; and holiday and well-being programs for care recipients.” Mrs. Morton said.
“Workpower’s team, from top to bottom, is committed and dedicated to providing positive outcomes for people with disability and those with mental illness and is to be commended.”
Mrs. Morton said Western Australia was the only State in Australia where the profits from lottery games were returned directly back to the community as grants.
“In 2009-10, Lotterywest gave nearly $235 Million to the WA community. Of this, $113 Million went to more than 1,000 community groups and local governments to support innovative projects that benefit the community.” Mrs. Morton said.
The Minister said the aspirations of Workpower Incorporated reflected the aims of the State Government’s Count Me In: Disability Future Directions strategy.
“The Count Me In vision is that all people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.” Mrs. Morton said.