We work with people to restore hope, trust and purpose, and to create a sense of personal value and inclusion within the community.
Today, our social enterprises employ approximately 50 people at any one time.
Operations span across waste management, hospitality, maintenance, admin and cleaning industries.
We foster meaningful and strategic partnerships with regional businesses and organisations.
Since 2012, we have worked alongside more than 170 people facing barriers to employment.
10% of people employed have moved on to secure other employment.
RURAL BIN MAINTENANCE
We undertake the collection and disposal of excess waste from rural bin sites located across the outlying townships of the Toowoomba region.
CAR WASHING & DETAILING
In partnership with the Department of Housing and Public Works and Carers Queensland, this social enterprise currently operates autonomously and supports one team member to wash and detail vehicles.
Employees undertake maintenance tasks as an extension of our waste management contract. From collecting litter to slashing, mowing, whipper snipping and garden maintenance, they also support pest and weed management services.
OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PORTFOLIO
Café Abuzz is a Toowoomba hospitality-based social enterprise giving vocational training to people with a lived experience of mental illness. Located at Baillie Henderson Hospital, it operates in partnership with Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.
Our people support the operation of waste management facilities across the Toowoomba region. In partnership with Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC), they oversee the gatehouse services to ratepayers. This includes customer service and domestic and commercial waste management advice.
Operating in partnership with TRC at selected waste management facilities, this social enterprise works to reduce landfill by providing a free outlet for residents to drop off goods suitable for resale. Items are processed and resold onsite for a small fee.
In the past, this social enterprise supported one team member to provide maintenance services to the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Currently not in operation.
We actively seek innovative and meaningful opportunities to collaborate and partner.
"I had a rough patch and lived out of my car for 12 months. The Ability team helped me get back the confidence that I can survive in the workforce again. They’re a great team."
“Ability goes beyond the charity model which gives to the poor from the surplus or left overs of a business to one which puts inclusion at the very heart of what it does. Social enterprises like Ability Enterprises drive social change in the real economy.”
“It’s allowed me to set dreams that would be unreasonable if I wasn’t working. Now part of my goal is to save for a house."