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Joining forces


13th April 2017

12 April 2017

MCINTYRE CENTRE AND HELP ENTERPRISES JOIN FORCES

An all new partnership has been proposed that will see two long standing disability organisations, McIntyre Centre and Help Enterprises Limited, merge on 1 July 2017 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding today (12 April 2017).

Having been established in the 1960’s, both community organisations say it was a values based affiliation that ‘made sense’.

Chairman of the Board for McIntryre Centre, Mac Boulton said “We are very confident that this new affiliation will provide a stable financial platform for our organisation and as a result, will create greater opportunities for our stakeholders in the longer term.”

“HELP’s size and diversity will provide this stability and a significant proposed investment by HELP will increase the McIntyre Centre’s ability to provide more services, from better facilities in the future,” said Mr Boulton.

Services currently offered by McIntrye Centre will remain equine based and the well regarded business name will be retained by HELP.

Mr Boulton said “HELP has a more diverse range of post-school and transitional programs for people with disability, which we want to make available to current McIntyre clients through improved facilities.”

Help Enterprises Chairman, Philip Hourigan said “It is an exciting time for both organisations. The cost of operating under the NDIS user choice model requires a higher level of critical mass than the current block funding model.”

“The merger supports a more cost-effective approach for both organisations going forward; not only strengthening our position in the disability sector more broadly, but enabling a more cohesive approach to diversifying our range of supports and prospects for people with disability under the NDIS,” said Mr Hourigan.

HELP’s Managing Director, Kerry Browne said “People involved with McIntyre believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of equine therapy and by collaborating with other leading research organisations, we would like to see research taking place at McIntyre Centre to validate this.”

“Elsewhere in the world, equine therapy is government funded and it would be of enormous benefit to families if this were to become the case here,” Mr Browne said.

HELP will be working closely with McIntyre Centre to ensure the transition process runs as smoothly as possible, with both organisations continuing to run on a business as usual basis until the merger is completed.

Mr Browne said “All current staff roles have been safeguarded in the merger and the need for the fantastic team of volunteers will remain and continue to be appreciated.”

McIntyre Centre specialises in horse riding therapy for people with disability, operating from a farm in Brisbane’s outer west. For more information about McIntrye Centre, visit www.mcintyrecentre.org.au.

Help Enterprises offers a diverse range of support for people with disability including supported employment in the Manufacturing, Oxford Park Nursery and Supply Chain Services businesses, along with open employment and training services, accommodation and respite facilities.

Go to www.helpenterprises.com.au for a comprehensive overview of HELP’s social enterprise framework.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

DAVID MELLOY, Help Enterprises Marketing & Communications Manager - 07 3868 1765