New service launched for people living with disability

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New service launched for people living with disability

Helping people living with disability participate more fully in the community is the focus of a new service launched by BlueLine Employment in Hobart.

Operated by Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) Blueline Laundry Inc, BlueLine Employment is a Disability Employment Service of the Archdiocese of Hobart funded by the Department of Social Services, and has been helping people living with disability find work for the past 15 years.

BlueLine Employment Manager Jessamine Gibb said the introduction of the new BlueLine Disability Services was an exciting extension of the support already provided by the company’s laundry and employment service.
“Blueline has always wanted to be a very holistic service in everything we do,” she said.

“With the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) it is all about choice and control for the participants and the [new service] allows us to go off in some new directions and run some programs which are totally different to what we are already doing.”

With a focus on increasing social confidence, work and life skills, the service offers a range of new initiatives including the employAbility program, designed to give pre-workforce youth basic work skills; a life skills program; and an outreach program designed to bring employment coaching to people living with disability, outside of the immediate city area.

The new service also includes Get Active, a program which aims to link young people living with disability socially, through introduction to a variety of sports.

BlueLIne Employment consultant Darren Frost said many of his clients had limited social contact, often only comprising of their once a fortnight meeting at the agency.

“These are young people who should be out and about and getting active, so the Get Active program is designed to give them the confidence to do this,” he said.

“They may also become lifelong friends with some of the people they meet and build networks for potential employment down the track.”

BlueLIne Disability Services also includes a Hands On Skills for Life and Work program, aimed at connecting people living with more challenging levels of disability, to voluntary work and community project experience.

Ms Gibb said social contact was often challenging for people living with disability and was essential to their employment future and life quality.

“If you have a disability it can often really hold you back having that day-to-day existence with a peer group,” she said.

For more information call 6223 2622 or email