Meet others: volunteer with Endeavour Foundation
We met the Endeavour Foundation team during the 2012 Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition in Mackay, and were inspired by the work they're doing to improve the lives of people with disabilities across NSW and Queensland. And actually, we thought their work might help some mining partners out there too, especially those who are living a long way from close family and friends. If you need something to keep you busy, or you need a way to meet new people, the Endeavour Foundation might be just what you need...
Q: Tell us about Endeavour Foundation and what you do?
A: Endeavour Foundation began in 1951, when a group of Queensland mothers refused to accept their children with an intellectual disability couldn’t be educated. Unable to enrol children with a disability in school, these courageous women came together on a veranda in Coorparoo, Brisbane, to teach their children basic numeracy, literacy and life skills.
Today Endeavour Foundation is one of Australia’s largest non-government service providers for people with a disability and supports more than 3,350 people from more than 230 locations throughout Queensland and NSW.
Our wide range of services includes, but is not limited to, residential support, employment and community access. Every effort is undertaken by Endeavour Foundation to enrich the lives of people with a disability and their families and to engage and educate the community about disability.
These vital services are only able to be provided because of our staff and volunteers, who are ordinary people doing extraordinary things on a daily basis to support people with a disability.
Q: Where does the Endeavour Foundation operate?
A: Endeavour Foundation operates in more than 230 locations throughout Queensland and in Sydney (at Castle Hill, Mt Druitt and Seven Hills).
Q: What services/products do you provide to the mining and resource sector?
A: Endeavour Foundation manufactures a wide range of high-quality products for the mining and industrial sector. We operate in a competitive environment and supply the following products to some of Australia’s largest companies:
- Stakes and pegs for survey and blasting
- Survey flags and primer weights
- Roadway guide posts for mining trucks, PVC & hardwood
- Machinery crating, made to specification
- Pallets, hardwood and pine
- Personal protective equipment
- Traffic Management Products
- Hi Viz Clothing Range
- Safety Footwear
- Industrial Cleaning Chemicals
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Lockout Solutions
- Industrial cleaning cloth
- Confidential document destruction
- Timber dunnage
Endeavour Foundation has an E-Safe service which also provides fully vendor-managed computerised procurement systems that enable the customer to monitor and reduce costs associated with Workplace Health and Safety legislative requirements.
Q: How can people in mining regions get involved in Endeavour Foundation’s Volunteer Program?
Q: What exactly do volunteers do?
A: There are many volunteer opportunities at Endeavour Foundation which allow you to become more involved in the community, increase your personal and professional skill set and enjoy the rewards that come from volunteering.
Volunteers are placed throughout the organisation in all service types. Currently there is a need for more volunteers in the Central Queensland area to work alongside a person with a disability on a production line, in the office completing administration work and even gardening, forklift driving and carrying out maintenance work at Endeavour Foundation business service sites.
Q: Why do you think mining partners would benefit from volunteering with Endeavour Foundation?
A: Mining partners would benefit from volunteering with Endeavour Foundation as it can provide the following opportunities:
- Increase in social networking – for those who may have relocated to a mining area, this is a great way to make new friends and increase community engagement.
- Increase in personal and professional skills – this can assist those seeking employment in their new area.
- Great way to get involved and support the mining and resources industry.
- Enjoy the rewards and appreciation which come from volunteering.
Q: How can people get more info?
A: If you can spare a few hours each week, come and do some extraordinary things with Endeavour Foundation and help to improve the lives of people with a disability. Please visit our website at www.endeavour.com.au.