OThe Brush Factory has been an invalids' cooperative since 1976.
That year was crucial for the factory
as together with the organizational structure also the statutory
task changed. As it is determined in the Statutes of the Cooperative,
"vocational and social rehabilitation of the disabled in the process
of paid work in a joint company managed by the Cooperative council" is
the main aim of the factory. Consequently, organizational and production
structures have been adapted for this sake. Foundation of the Therapeutic
Rehabilitation Health Centre was one of the first tasks during the
execution of the statutory guidelines of the Cooperative.
In the rooms of the Health Centre you can find:
consulting room, surgery, reception, psychologist's office, massage room,
physiotherapy room and others. In 1981 Dentist's Surgery with the
prosthetic facilities and the Hydrotherapy & Paraffin therapy Room
were opened. Those undertakings have made the Cooperative self-sufficient
as far as the rehabilitation treatment is involved. What's more, at present
the Centre provides service for other cooperatives of invalids from
the area of Bielsko.
Together with the purchase of the medical equipment the range of therapy has been increased.
The foregoing undertakings as well as the hiring
of specialists have shortened the time of waiting for medical treatment.
The medical rehabilitation has developed with the social and vocational
one simultaneously. A number of harmful or onerous posts have been
adapted to the needs of the disabled employees, as the additional
ventilation and equipment have been installed. A few other rooms like
dining room, living rooms, changing rooms, bathrooms, showers etc. were
modified for the social needs of the staff.
due to the hard living situation of the disabled youth, the Cooperative
opened the Practical Training School of Profession on base of the
Special Vocational Training School where the youth have been taught
in the three grade system since then. As a result:
- the disabled youth are given a chance to obtain a profession,
- there is a direct influx of the young, disabled employees to the Cooperative.
One of the most essential forms of rehabilitation
is the activity of the Sports&Tourist Circle.
The goal of the circle is to promote physical culture and tourism among
employees and the members of their families. Extensive social activity
organized in various fields is a significant help for the employees
especially for the disabled. The rehabilitation activity includes also
organization and assistance in leaving for the rehabilitation holidays
for the disabled.