WDEA Works Stays Connected During Covid-19
Although the WDEA Works doors are closed, they’re still open for business, continuing to support their clients on their employment journeys during the Covid-19 event. New and existing jobseekers requiring Disability Employment Services and Jobactive program support will be assisted via phone and video contact, and will continue receiving the care, support and excellent customer service that has become the hallmark of WDEA Works.
Ahead of government directive, WDEA Works has mobilised over 300 staff across 17 regional Victorian sites and South East South Australia to ‘work from home’. WDEA Works has supported local businesses through the purchase of relevant technology, procuring over 100 phones and laptops from local suppliers.
The devastating impact of the virus on local communities and business is not lost on WDEA Works CEO Tom Scarborough, who stresses the importance of strong connections for vulnerable people in the community.
“Whilst we are all socially distanced, more than ever, we’re all working together for the same reason. During this unprecedented situation, our goal is to ensure our staff, clients and communities remain as safe as possible,” he said.
“The cooperation and dedication which we have seen from staff during the COVID-19 crisis has been nothing short of remarkable.”
“I am proud of how our staff have rallied and adapted, working together to get through this. More than ever we are here to support our wider communities and for us this has meant starting with our staff.”
“I would like to thank our executive team, managers and staff. Everyone is working incredibly hard and making sacrifices behind the scenes to ensure that WDEA Works comes through this crisis and is here to support those who need us.”
Due to the current COVID-19 situation WDEA Works recognises that it is not ‘business as usual’ for community groups and organisations who were considering applying for a WDEA Works Foundation Community Grant. WDEA Works had made the decision to extend the application deadline to April 30th to allow additional time for applications to be submitted.
“Now more than ever we are here to support our local communities.”
WDEA Works would like to acknowledge and thank those within our community who are working in essential services and on the front line as society tackles COVID-19. “The courage which we’re seeing within our community is heartening and I am optimistic we’ll emerge a stronger and more connected community” concluded Tom.