Work lays the foun­da­tion for a life of in­de­pen­dence

LEAD­ING HAND LOVES BE­ING A TEAM PLAYER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

JORG Gottschalk rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to get to the fac­tory each day to catch up with col­leagues and help dis­trib­ute lol­lies all over the coun­try.

Mr Gottschalk works for the Mt Druitt-based En­deav­our Foun­da­tion as a lead­ing hand on the fac­tory floor.

The En­deav­our Foun­da­tion is the largest em­ployer of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in the coun­try, pro­vid­ing jobs in man­u­fac- tur­ing, food pack­ing and re­cy­cling.

De­spite his phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, Mr Gottschalk has worked with the com­pany for decades and en­joys the in­de­pen­dence of his job.

“I love com­ing in ev­ery day to help out our team,” he said.

The Plump­ton res­i­dent is one of the many Mt Druitt and St Marys res­i­dents who will ben­e­fit from the Na­tion- al Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

The NDIS al­lows ac­cess to per­son­alised sup­port for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, as well as pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Barba­gallo said the re­sponse to the scheme had been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

“The NDIS gives peo­ple the eco­nomic power to make de­ci­sions about their sup­port ac­cord­ing to their own needs,” Mr Barba­gallo said.

“They will be given choice and much more con­trol over their lives.”

Al­most 20,000 peo­ple across the coun­try are now us­ing the NDIS.

The scheme will be­gin to be rolled out across the Mt Druitt re­gion from July 1 next year.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Jorg Gottschalk en­joys work­ing at the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion’s Mt Druitt fac­tory.

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