Enable featured in Adult Learning Australia's Quest
'A Social Enterprise for All Abilities'
Most of us have got a pile of unwanted electronic devices at home or work that we’ve got no use for. What to do with this growing pile of waste that is harmful to the environment is the question.
While our electronic waste is growing, so too is the demand for jobs among the most disadvantaged groups in Australia, with high unemployment rates for people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
With a passion for the environment and social justice Julie McKay came up with a solution to tackle both environmental and social problems. In 2013, she founded Enable a social enterprise to re-use and recycle e-waste staffed by disadvantaged people in Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north.
People who work at Enable include migrants and refugees, people with disabilities and most recently clients from the Department of Justice. All are referred by a range of agencies including NDIS and local English language programs so they can learn new skills and improve their chances of finding work.