Esperance business reaches milestone

Local disability employment specialists Forrest Personnel celebrated their 30th anniversary last night.

The organisation, which has been delivering employment services in Esperance for nine years, has been operating in Western Australia since 1987.

Now operating 16 offices and remote outreach services across the South West, Goldfields-Esperance, Peel and the Central Metro region, Forrest Personnel have grown to be one of the largest non-for-profit disability employment services in the state.

Esperance Forrest Personnel employee Donna Hutcheson said from mid 2016 until recently, the business had almost 2,000 individuals they were working with to help improve their lives.

“We support our community by providing programs and services aimed at helping people with disabilities, health conditions and injuries achieving sustainable employment, making them feel valued within the community,” she said.

“We strongly believe in ‘No ability wasted’ and we look forward to sharing our future growth with the community.”

Working closely with the education sector, the organisation run programs specifically supporting young people making the transition from school to the working world.

“Not only does this mean improving financial outcomes for many but, the way we work with people, it’s about making friends, learning new skills and improving their own overall sense of purpose,” Ms Hutcheson said.

“The gain from our programs is often immeasurable and that’s what we’re particularly proud of.

“What we try to do is create a good, honest job match.

“It’s not keeping promises we can’t keep.”

Having recently employed a staff member through Forrest Personnel, BJ’s Fruit and Veg co-owner Anna Stewart said seeing the employee’s growth had been rewarding.

“I think the thing that I’ve seen is [the employee’s] confidence growing, she’s really begun using her own initiative,” she said.

“She help us out a lot at work, doing the little bits and pieces that we just don’t have time to do.”

Ms Hutcheson thanked the receptive community and the business sector for their ongoing support.

For more information, visit www.fpi.org.au or call 1800 24 548.