BARKUMA

Live your all.

Barkuma is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of supports for people with disability. For over 50 years, Barkuma has supported South Australians with disabilities Live their All. Together, we establish the capacity and confidence to transition out of high school and continue to build a life of independence that makes quality employment and accommodation outcomes achievable.

YOU

Barkuma is here to support you to live your best life. Find out how we can work alongside you at school, at work, at home and in your community to live your all.

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SERVICES & SUPPORT

At Barkuma, we understand Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our supports include School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES), Transition from High School, Supported Employment, Supported Independent Living and Disability Employment Supports (DES).

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BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

We work with local business to deliver high quality solutions in our two factories. We also help employers build a more inclusive workforce.

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YOU

FIND OUT IF BARKUMA IS RIGHT FOR YOU

At Barkuma, we are all about YOU. We are interested in your goals, your interests and how we can work with you to live your all.

  • Barkuma supports you to build skills to get a job.

  • Barkuma enables you to live independently.

  • Barkuma helps you understand the NDIS.

SERVICES AND SUPPORT

DRIVEN BY POSSIBILITY

Barkuma is your partner for life, always there to work with you and the people you care about to solve new challenges as they arise. We can guide you through available NDIS supports to custom build the best plan to reach your goals. Our flexible and person-centred supports span school, work, home and community. We are proudly driven by the possibility we see in our people, each of whom has a valuable and vital contribution to make.

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

With your support, we create an inclusive and connected community that celebrates the excellence in everyone. Barkuma’s commercial enterprises are Quality Endorsed and HACCP Certified, and can tailor high quality, cost-effective and innovative commercial solutions. Our Disability Employment Service can enhance diversity in your workforce by supporting people with a disability to make a valuable contribution to your business. Together, we can help you be a more consciously inclusive contributor to your South Australian community.

OUR STORIES

Meet Lucia

Meet Lucia

After 19 years of dedicated employment with Drakes Woodcroft Lucia celebrated her hard-earned retirement.
The force was strong with this one, so much so, her manager and team threw a Star Wars themed retirement celebration, including, Theme Music on entrance, A Star Wars Themed Cake and Star Wars Themed gift.
Barkuma Employment has supported Lucia to maintain her employment for almost 20 years.
Thank you Drakes Woodcroft for your support of people of all abilities and championing inclusive workplace.
Lucia, may you enjoy the well-deserved sleep-ins and spare time!

Meet Thomas

Meet Thomas

In 2019, Thomas participated in The Transition Program and completed Year 12 at Cabra.
Through The Transition Program, he completed a Certificate II Retail and Certificate II Hospitality. Thomas’s goal was to find open employment, and with support from the Transition Coordinators and Barkuma Employment, he was offered a position at Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged.
Thomas provides exceptional customer service to the residents, who simply love him. He has even started learning Greek so he can engage more with staff and residents. What a positive and motivated asset to the workplace!

Meet Ben

Meet Ben

Congratulations to Ben Wishart on achieving his 30 year milestone with City of Onkaparinga!
30 years ago Barkuma placed Ben as a cleaner with the Happy Valley Council, but as he showed a keen interest in administration they began to employ him in various office roles at their different sites. Over the years (and in the last few in particular), Ben has shown resilience and adaptability in his various roles and many changes within council. Most recently, Ben enjoys doing mail sorting and delivery within head office, as well as removing confidential documents for the site.

 

HOURS OF DIRECT SUPPORT DELIVERED TO CUSTOMERS

YOUNG PEOPLE SUPPORTED BY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

PARTICIPANTS SUPPORTED ACROSS SA IN OPEN EMPLOYMENT

SUPPORTED EMPLOYEES

TENANTS FROM 8 SITES

PARTNER EMPLOYERS

*2019-2020 period

THE BARKUMA JOURNAL

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What’s the difference between SLES and DES?

What’s the difference between SLES and DES?

It’s a question we get asked often… The main difference between School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) and Disability Employment Supports – Open Employment (DES) is how ready someone is to enter the employment world.

Everyone can create an inclusive workforce

Everyone can create an inclusive workforce

Local businesses have joined forces with disability service provider, Barkuma, to employ people with disability.  KFC and Big W in Adelaide’s North are celebrating the benefits of their inclusive workforce.

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June, is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Barkuma acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains area where we live and work, and respect their spiritual relationship with country.