NOVA is a registered charity and, as such, we engage in charitable activities that either “serve the public interest or do common good” (I got this definition form Wikipedia).
Some time this week we will roll out the latest of these as part of our on-going advertising and promotion with the theme; “Focus on Ability”. Focus on ability is designed to improve the awareness of employers and HR professionals about the resource and skill pool available amongst people with a disability.
What are we doing?
Check out the latest Sydney Yellow Pages for an answer. As you thumb through the 2011 directories you’ll note a fair number of ads promoting our job seekers as an employment resource for people in pretty much every field of work.
That’s because whether you are looking for accountants or zoo keepers you can bet that there is someone registered with us who either has qualification and experience in such work or who is just busting to be given a fair go.
NOVA’s campaign is now the longest running and most expensive conducted by any disability agency in this country. We spend a significant amount of cash building brand awareness but we also contribute significantly to the success of other similar programs since we pass on every lead and enquiry that we can’t help to similar programs.
Why do we do that?
Because we are an Australian organisation that, as a registered charity, has as part of its operational aims the alleviation of poverty amongst people with disability regardless of who they are registered with.
NOVA takes clients who express a desire to work regardless of their level of disability. We look at aspiration and ability rather than our likelihood of making a quick financial reward. I am very proud of that – check out the Sydney Yellow Pages for more details!
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