Join the Coast to Coast fundraiser for Clean Force

In February 2018, Sam Donaldson, Mark Lawson and Leons Ansons, who work for Laing O’Rourke and Fulton Hogan at the North Eastern Program Alliance, will be competing in New Zealand’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Adventure Race to raise money and awareness for Clean Force Property Services.

Social enterprise Clean Force Property Services provides top-notch commercial cleaning services and create sustainable award-wage employment opportunities for people with severe mental illness. Clean Force have assisted well over 200 workers with mental illness and physical disabilities towards independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of the community.

Donations to the team are welcomed to reach the $10,000 fund-raising target.

In teams, Sam, Mark and Leons have two days and under 24 hours to cover 243km of tough terrain starting on the West Coast of New Zealand at Kumara Beach, crossing the main divide and finishing on the East Coast at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. The brutal and challenging race includes a 70km kayak, 33.7km of mountain running and 140km of cycling.

The team is targeting to raise well over $10,000 in donations by the end of the event to help Clean Force support some of the most disadvantaged people in Victoria and New South Wales. All money raised will go straight to Clean Force, and will be used to buy new hard floor cleaning equipment as well as providing education and training to employees in rejuvenating hard floor surfaces. This training will give employees a fantastic new skill set, allowing them to undertake more and varied tasks during their working day, as well as providing increased confidence in their own abilities.

The North Eastern Program Alliance engaged Clean Force back in April 2017 and Clean Force employees perform cleaning services almost every day of the week across project offices in Melbourne.

Stacey Palmer, Social Inclusion Manager for the North Eastern Program Alliance says “Clean Force are a pleasure to have as part of the NEPA team and it is extremely fulfilling knowing we are creating a positive impact by having them as part of our supply chain. As at November 2017, the North Eastern Program Alliance have spent $33,012.78 with Clean Force which strongly benefits people with disabilities and creates awareness of social procurement in our industry.”

The team will be going the distance and donations are encouraged to achieve  this massive challenge. Any monetary support that you can provide will support Clean Force’s mission to provide a bridge for people to enter the workforce who without assistance would remain excluded.

Donations to the team can be made here.

Clean Force receives grant to grow services in western Sydney

Thanks to a grant from Sydney Motorway Corporation, Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has been able to purchase new equipment for its commercial cleaning and grounds maintenance operations in western Sydney.

Clean Force is a multi-award winning social enterprise with a social purpose to provide employment for people with disability, including mental illness.

The grant will allow Clean Force, which operates around the M4 Motorway in western Sydney, to grow its services, resulting in the creation of more jobs for people needing an employment opportunity.

By having a second set of mowers, blowers, brush cutters and a trailer, Clean Force can establish another gardening crew and potentially employ a further four to six full-time employees.

This is strongly aligned with Sydney Motorway Corporation’s sustainability objectives of building skills, employment opportunities and economic development for communities along the WestConnex corridor.

“We believe that providing real employment with long-term prospects is the best way to transition unemployed people with disabilities into the workforce and increase personal confidence and capability,” said Jim Dinuccio, National Manager, WISE Social Enterprises.

Clean Force wins Northern Business Achievement Award (NBAA)

Clean Force has been awarded the Human Resources Award 2014 in the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards recognise the business achievements of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the northern region of Melbourne, aiming to foster and encourage businesses in the region to achieve business excellence, growth and competitiveness. The NBAA are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north. The NBAA encompasses the Darebin, Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Yarra, Banyule, Hume and Moreland councils, with Clean Force having represented the City of Darebin.

An enduring commercially successful social enterprise that delivers significant employment benefits for disadvantaged people, including people with mental illness and people who have a disability, Clean Force has empowered over 200 workers towards independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community.

Matthew Lambelle, CEO of WISE Employment, says that  being awarded the NBAA award  “is a credit to Clean Force’s management and employees’ tireless effort and passion for delivering an excellent cleaning service to its customers, providing quality jobs for its employees – many who have been excluded from work previously due to mental illness – and a ‘never giving up on anybody’ attitude.”

Clean Force managers Jim Dinuccio and Paul Fraser started Clean Force in 2001, and, from humble beginnings that included a mop, a bucket and one cleaner, have built a successful social enterprise.

“Clean Force is dedicated to its workforce and has an important role in the prevention of unemployment, and hardship of vulnerable people, especially those who experience severe and persistent mental illness,” says Matthew Lambelle. “The opportunities created by Clean Force optimise employees’ self-determination and career progression for an improved quality of life towards self-sufficiency.”