Michael Buckland-Ware is an amputee. During his rehabilitation he decided to manufacture wheelchairs to provide ‘freedom’ of movement for all amputees - Freedom Wheelchairs was born.
The former policeman’s Broadmeadow business now manufactures a range of speciality wheelchairs including a model which can go up and down stairs. What makes this business all the more special is Michael’s philosophy of giving everybody a ‘fair go’ – his Sales and Marketing rep is a double amputee.
Sarina Russo Job Access’ Broadmeadows office referred 32 long-term unemployed jobseekers, Syrian refugees and people with a disability for assembly, forklift and catering positions. Twenty eight of them were successful in getting a job.
Freedom Wheelchairs also has its own kitchen where Michael provides free breakfast and lunch for his team. He has also implemented a buddy system where he teams up refugees who don’t speak English very well with an Arabic speaker who has got a good command of the English language.
Mary Bazos and Ali Abir from Sarina Russo Job Access Broadmeadows were invited to attend a ‘Factory Tour’ of Freedom Wheelchairs where Michael sang their praises and gave his suppliers the tip to hire their next staff member through Sarina Russo.