A merger between Hands On SA and Finding Workable Solutions (FWS) has secured job opportunities for more than 90 staff and 200 supported employees in South Australia.

The newly merged entity will oversee a sustainable expansion of their joint operations, guaranteeing future employment for people with disability across South Australia, from metropolitan areas out to regional locations including Kingscote, Murray Bridge and Berri.

Previous Hands On SA Chairman, Roy Arnold; and CEO, Andrew Ramsey, have been appointed to oversee the future of the organisation.

Mr. Arnold says the changes will ensure a bright future under the new structure, providing much needed stability for people with disability working in both supported employment and open employment at a time of enormous change and uncertainty for some people due to the recent NDIS changes.

“We are proud that the combined skills and services of Hands On SA and Finding Workable Solutions will be realised under the new direction of the NDIS. The partnership will enable synergies between the various operations to be realised to the benefit of people with disability.”

“Prior to the arrival of the NDIS both organisations had been restricted in their scale and scope but under the new operating model new opportunities will open up for people with disability to be employed across the state.”

In a market of 20,000 supported employees Australia wide the merged entity increases its position of importance and influence within the sector.

The new entity will utilise its broad geographic footprint to expand on the employment options and NDIS supports it provides.

Poised to invest in new business ventures independently or in partnership Hands On SA is looking to continue to grow beyond the combined activities of it and FWS, which include: salvage and save yards, recycling, packaging services, food processing, labelling, recycling, document destruction and shredding, firewood, lawns and garden maintenance and employment services.

For the immediate future both organisations will continue to operate as normal and in their respective areas of operation.

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