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.”

Clean Force wins ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ award

Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has recently scooped the most prestigious of Australian industry accolades, the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year award in the large employer category.

Announced on 12 June 2014 at a cocktail event in Southbank, Melbourne, the Social Enterprise Awards were awarded by The Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, who presented the award to the Clean Force Management and supervisory team: Jim Dinuccio (State Manager Social Enterprises), Paul Fraser (Manager, Clean Force Property Services), Frank Dinuccio (Social Enterprises Contract Supervisor), Cheryl Katselis (Clean Force Team Leader), Jacquie Murphy (Employment Support Officer) and Vaibhav Bagaitkar (Clean Force Contract Supervisor).

“A big sincere thank you goes out to all our loyal Clean Force customers, many of whom have been customers for years, for their ongoing support and unwavering enthusiasm in helping Clean Force stay sustainable and help hundreds of disadvantaged people into employment,” said Paul Fraser, Manager of Clean Force Property Services. “I’d like to thank each Clean Force staff member, both current and past, who have contributed their skills, time and effort towards helping Clean Force become the commercially successful and community-focused social enterprise success it is. We’re all part of one big happy family.”

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, self-sufficiency, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community.

The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards received 87 applications across six categories. From a shortlist of 23, a unique panel of sector experts awarded the winners assessed in each category. The calibre of social enterprises shortlisted this year was outstanding and demonstrated that there are exciting developments in the future of social enterprises.

Social Traders developed the Social Enterprise Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development.

Congratulations to all the other winners of the 2014 Social Enterprise Awards:

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – small: SEED
  • One-to-Watch Award: 40K Group
  • Social Investment Award: The Integrated Medical Centre, investment by Social
  • Ventures Australia , Social Traders and cohealth
  • Social Innovation Award: Thankyou.
  • Buy Social Award: City of Gold Coast

Photo courtesy of Social Traders.