The Bridge Inc. had the pleasure of Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, to officially launch their new service names and branding at a special event on 15 December at their supported employment service, The Bridge Works in Dandenong.
The Bridge, formerly known as Options Victoria, has been operating for more than 40 years. The Bridge provides employment and community services to a wide range of people with disability throughout the south east of Melbourne.
The exciting event, unveiled the new service names and branding for The Bridge Works, supported employment with over 40 staff with a disability, also providing warehousing and logistical business solutions, The Bridge Connects, day support, respite, social and leisure activities for people with a disability throughout Melbourne’s south east and The Bridge Employment, a disability employment service providing job placement and support in Melbourne’s south east.
The event had an audience of over 210 people, made up of people with disabilities, families, carers, staff, and support workers, State and Federal government department personnel, business representatives and others from the local community.
Dignitaries and VIPs in attendance included Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Manager of Government Business in The Senate and Liberal Senator for Victoria, along with Cr Sean O’Reilly, the Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong and Cr Roz Blades and the CEO, City of Greater Dandenong, John Bennie. Cr Mick Morland, the Mayor of City of Casey, Cr Amanda Stapleton, Deputy Mayor of Casey and Cr Geoff Gledhill, the Mayor of City of Kingston, as well as James O’Brien Victorian State Manager NDS.
Guest speakers for the event included, business partners, Rachel Taylor, Living Fundraisers, Kristian Harris, McCormick Food Australia Pty Ltd and Helen Merry, parent of Cassie, a supported employee at The Bridge Works.
The Bridge premiered a short film, starring Jono Burggraaf, a supported employee and service user of Getaways by The Bridge Connects. The film showed a day in the life of Jono, his passion for his job, his independence in travelling, working and friendships and his love of reading the weather report on a local radio station.
The celebration concluded with, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield joined on stage by The Bridge Works support employee, Giuseppe di Benedetto, to unveil The Bridge Works, The Bridge Connects and The Bridge Employment newly branded plaques, celebrating a unified organisational approach and a new era of support.
Phillip Toovey, CEO of The Bridge, said “Today we’re here to celebrate the good things about The Bridge Works, and the benefits of supported employment to the people involved.
The Bridge Works supports and employs nearly 50 people, so we’re a small part of this industry, but when it is comes to the workers, it certainly is all about quality – and when it comes to quality of services to business, it’s the same thing – quality work.”