Afford workplaces, homes, Day Programs and services across Australia are places to meet other people who share your interests. They are places where you will always be welcomed by friends and supported to develop lifelong friendships.
Meet People Who Share Your Interests
That is how it all started for Leigha and Jacob. They both work at Afford’s Ingleburn ADE (Australian Disability Enterprise) and, 18 months ago, they began their friendship. After spending a few lunchtimes together chatting away, they realised they had a lot in common. They have the same interests and enjoy spending time together.
ADE Social Club
Leigha and Jacob have also been able to get to know each other a little more at the newly formed Afford ADE Social Club. ADE Social Club activities are organised by ADE Sales and Operations staff so that Supported Employers can go out with their workmates in a more relaxed and casual environment.
In 2019, Supported Employees enjoyed outings to the movies, and bowling and many more are planned for 2020 thanks to the ADE Social Club! It is Employer of Choice initiatives such as this that support individuals to experience all that life has to offer. And of course, make new friends!
Leigha has worked at the Ingleburn ADE for two years. She does a range of labelling and inserting jobs and enjoys her work. She is also an active member of the WHS Committee. Jacob has been with Afford for four years and he performs loading, packing table jobs and works with the pallets.
Soon after they met, Leigha and Jacob began to see each other outside of the workplace. For the past year, they have been going out on weekends for a meal or to simply spend time together as a couple.
Then, over the Christmas and New Year holidays, everyone at Afford was excited to hear that Jacob had popped the big question to Leigha! He asked her to marry him and she said YES!
Jacob said that he was very nervous about asking Leigha to marry him. Leigha is very excited about planning her wedding and being ‘married’.
Everyone in the Afford community is so excited for the couple and we wish them the very best in their journey together.
Live the Life You Want
For close to 70 years, Afford provided supports for individuals to live the life they want. Afford services are places where new friends can be made, and where even love can be found.