Disability Organisation Minda Transforms Commercial Enterprise Into Social Enterprise
Wendy Williams, Pro Bono News, 13 June 2016
South Australia’s largest non-government disability services organisation is set to restructure its $30 million commercial enterprise operations and transform it into a social enterprise.
Minda’s Commercial Enterprises provide supported employment opportunities for people living with intellectual disability.
The restructure, which begins on 1 July, will create a separate division which Minda hopes will generate more opportunities for supported and open employees through the different businesses, and drive greater productivity.
Minda CEO Cathy Miller told Pro Bono Australia News they were very excited about the change.
“We’ve been working hard to build our enterprises in recent years with the acquisition of South Australian Group Enterprises in 2014, and the forthcoming expansion of the laundry,” Miller said.
“The aim of the restructure is to maximise each business and ensure our overarching social enterprise model is best placed to thrive going forward and respond to the dynamic NDIS environment.
“The staff are all very excited. We’ve been very good at going through on a one on one basis with all our staff in the existing laundry, most of them are looking forward to the change and those who feel it might be a little much for them and don’t want to try it, we have alternative opportunities for them in some of our other businesses.”
Minda’s commercial enterprises include Craigburn Nursery, Packaging Solutions, Laundry and Linen Services, Hospitality, Envirocare, TRAK Furniture and Horn Australia.
South Australian Group Enterprises (SAGE) operations include Aspitech (SA’s largest e-waste business), Inprint Design and Wire Ware.
Miller said growing the commercial activity was a key strategic focus for Minda.
”We have to earn more to do more for the people we support,” Miller said.
To facilitate the restructure, a new position of General Manager (Commercial Enterprises) has been created to oversee the division and is currently being recruited.
“This new leadership role reflects our investment in the long-term future of social enterprise at Minda. It’s pivotal to the success of our plans to increase commercial viability and sustainability across our business portfolio,” Miller said.
“Minda already enjoys an outstanding reputation for disability employment, this restructure is the next major step in building our unique social enterprise model and creating a broader jobs platform for South Australians with disability."
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