The Bridge News

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Message from our CEO Mary-Jane Stolp

The Bridge has undertaken a transformation over the past 12 months with a new organisational structure and skilled leaders supported by high performing teams, to take The Bridge into the
future.

We are making good progress with our new strategic priorities and remain committed to ensuring an outstanding experience for the people we support. In the last 12 months our community services provided 226,736 hours of service and we assisted over 1,300 Victorians with employment support. Whilst the results of our client surveys remain excellent, our commitment to person-centred services has been strengthened by the new Client Experience Committee that continues our customer journey mapping and ensures an outstanding experience for the people we support. 

Continuous quality improvement is key to our operations. When it all comes together, we make a real difference to people’s lives.

This year’s Annual General Meeting event was well attended by participants, their families, our Board of Directors and The Bridge staff and volunteers. A highlight of the night was guest speaker, Michael Elias, from UPPAREL who spoke of their amazing partnership with The Bridge. Sue Banks, Board Chair ran through the official business, followed by video stories of the people we support. We presented awards for Recognition of Service and Outstanding Achievement to our staff, recognising more than 25 people, 12 of whom have been with The Bridge for more than 12 years.

The evening ended with a fond farewell to our Director and past President, Jim Hall, who has retired after 11 years at The Bridge. Thank you for your service and dedication, Jim.

Advocacy work continues as The Bridge lobbies on behalf of the communities we support with our peak bodies around accommodation, funding for people with complex needs, employment opportunities, worker retention, unregistered providers and NDIS pricing. In response to the
Royal Commission into Disability Services and recommendations for providers, we have reviewed our systems and processes to identify any areas we can improve.

While Covid-19 has brought many changes we adapt and feel confident about capitalising on new challenges as they arise. Thank you to The Bridge community for your continued support in helping us transform peoples lives through empowerment, choice, support and advocacy.

We hope you enjoy our final edition for 2022 and wish you all the best for the festive season.

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Mary-Jane Stolp – CEO

The Hallam Disco gets spooky!

Celebrating milestones at The Bridge!

Improving our manual handling skills

The Bridge Works is expanding

This year The Bridge Works became a Certified Social Enterprise, promoting greater work opportunities and viability as well as steady growth in supported employee numbers.

The Bridge Works leaders have ensured all contracts are delivered on time and on budget and maintains an excellent relationship with its commercial clients. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to every client for their continued, unwavering support through the many
challenges we have faced together, and take the opportunity to welcome our new commercial clients who have come on board this year. We look forward to ongoing partnerships that provide meaningful opportunities for our increasing number of supported employees.

Our newest partner Soap Aid helps save the lives of vulnerable children and families in Australia and around the world whilst providing employment opportunities for people with disability as well as young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Through Soap Aid’s unique circular economy initiative, our staff will be involved in the soap recycling process, including soap sorting, packaging, logistics and much more at Soap Aid’s recycling plant, located at The Bridge Works in Cheltenham Road, Dandenong.

Wayne, Business Manager said, “We are very excited at the latest partnership here at The Bridge Works which enhances both the lives of those in need within developing countries and our supported employees.”

For more information on Soap Aid, please visit their website.

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My Kitchen Rules - Clyde Road

Building valuable connections

DES success - 2 year grant extension

Trent is reaching his goals

Staff attended the annual Jobs Victoria Conference

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