Blueline’s big birthday

Social enterprise Blueline Laundry last month celebrated its 130- year history of supporting people of all abilities, backgrounds and cultures to find meaningful employment.

Now with more than 240 staff across Tasmania, including 35 per cent working with a disability, Blueline Laundry has become an essential service for those struggling to enter the mainstream workforce.

Blueline Laundry officially turned 130 years old on 10 April, with past and present staff gathering to celebrate the milestone.

“I am particularly proud of Blueline’s ongoing support for neuro-divergent employees, our cultural diversity, multicultural workforce, and commitment to continue providing employment for generational Tasmanians, many of whom are also equally marginalised,” Blueline CEO Mike Sylvester said.

Since its establishment, Blueline Laundry has been an integral support for employees who have fallen through the cracks of Tasmania’s social service system, by providing resources to address homelessness, food shortage and other wellbeing issues.

Blueline Laundry employee Ron DiFelice helps look after 50 supported workers on-site.

“This job means everything to so many who work here,” he said.

“Blueline gives its employees social and financial security and helps to create a sense of belonging.

“I can’t speak for the previous 110 years, but I’ve been here nearly 20 myself and it’s a pretty rewarding place to be.”

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