As the Information Consultant at CRU, Hugh is responsible for managing, promoting and sharing information from CRU as well as handling information requests that are made to CRU. Hugh is a Social Worker by trade but worked as a support worker for many years before that degree. He is a keen advocate for social justice, SRV and community inclusion values.

CRU News Update

This is an update from Margaret Rodgers, our CEO. We are in the last months of delivering the Participant Readiness for the NDIS workshops so if you live in Brisbane or the south east region and you haven’t been to any workshops or information sessions yet I would encourage you to sign up for one…

NEW CRUcial Times… and more

  We are pleased to launch the latest edition of CRUcial Times. In this, our 52nd edition we explore  The role of formal support in building better lives. You will find articles from a range of authors who explore not only what good support looks like to them, but the benefits that arise when it is used…

Moral Coherency: ‘How to function morally, coherently and adaptively in a world that is disfunctional, including its human services’

CRU is pleased to support the upcoming Moral Coherency workshops being held in Sydney in July.  This event is being run by a local co-operative called “The Implementation Project” For more information please visit their website: Moral Coherency:  ‘How to function morally, coherently and adaptively in a world that is disfunctional, including its human…

Central Queensland Events

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) starts to roll out in  Rockhampton, Gladstone and other parts of Central Queensland from 1st January 2018. People may be contacted up to six months before the roll-out date to start the access process. During the six months before the NDIS starts in your region, from July to December…

Griffith University Symposium. “NDIS and CALD communities: Aiming high for equitable access”

CRU proudly partnered with Griffith University, AMPARO Advocacy Inc and Queenslanders with Disability (QDN) on the ninth Griffith University NDIS Symposium.

In this event titled “NDIS and CALD communities: Aiming high for equitable access”  asked the question:  What steps will ensure people from CALD backgrounds with disability are best supported by the NDIS?.  The presenters were chosen from a variety of backgrounds both locally and interstate.

The Griffith NDIS Symposia are a series that brings together people with disability, their families, researchers and professionals to ask some challenging questions about the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Resources from the day can be found on the event page.

The filming and post-production of this event was a collaboration between CRU and the staff and students of Indooroopilly State High School.

New Opportunities: Wisdom from the NDIS trial sites

These videos are from footage taken our our “New Opportunities for a Good Life: Experiences from NDIS Trial Sites” events.  Theseone day forums, held in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Hervey Bay showcased stories by and about people with disabilities and their families who have been involved in various NDIS trial sites from across Australia.

These forums were filled with practical stories of people with disability setting the direction of their own lives. All the presenters were from interstate and there will be a focus on sharing their wisdom and experience of their own personal experience within their NDIS trial site.

Having had experience using the NDIS, presenters discussed:

Creating a vision and planning for a good life
Self-directing and self-managing
Staying well connected in their community
Day-to-day experience of the NDIS

These videos were created for our resource website Bringing the Good Life to Life.

Bringing the Good Life to Life videos

These videos were created for our resource website Bringing the Good Life to Life.  The footage came from CRU events held in Brisbane and Rockhampton and share stories and topics including:

The power of planning
Focusing on potential
The value of real work for real pay
How low expectations limit the Good Life
Starting small business
The importance of starting with the person

Bringing the Good Life to Life – Update

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website we have developed as part of our NDIS Participant Readiness program.  This website has been created as a resource for people with disability and their supporters, both paid and unpaid. Our idea was to create a website that explored what makes a Good Life and…

News from CRU – September 2016

Here is an update on some of the happenings at CRU in this new financial year. CRU has recently signed a new funding agreement with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for another three years to continue our core general work across the state.  Our planning has been a little delayed for this…

QPPD Celebratory Dinner

CRU would also like to seek your assistance in spreading the word regarding a celebratory dinner being held on the evening of Monday 22nd August.  This dinner will commemorate the contribution of Qld Parents for People with a Disability (QPPD), an organisation which made a significant contribution to the lives of people with disability in Queensland and which was formally…

Upcoming Leadership events

CRU is pleased to announce two upcoming leadership events – one event is specifically for family members and the second event is open to all.   Family Leadership Weekend event:  Moving from Vision to Action Our Family Leadership Weekend at Boonah is a live-in event for families being held at “The Outlook, Boonah” on the weekend of 29-31 July. …

CRU Conference Full Program is Now Available

CRU Conference Full Program is Now Available We are delighted to announce that the CRU conference program is now available. If you have not already registered, we would encourage you to REGISTER NOW so you don’t miss out! Ticket Sales Close on Friday 6th May. Claiming a Positive Future: The Power of Possibility has been…

March Conference Update

March Conference Update You are probably now aware of the upcoming CRU Conference ‘Claiming a Positive Future: The power of possibility’ on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May.  We wanted to let you know that we have just released details of some new presenters. Our EARLY BIRD ticket rate is closing soon on 1st April,…

South West Events Update

CRU is offering a range of different workshops to assist people with disability and families to get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – including new options in 2016. Taking Charge of Change is still available, along with new short workshops and a workshop especially for families with young children. Registrations for upcoming…

Good Life Films

These video have been made for our website Bringing the Good Life to Life, designed to help people prepare for the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Each video shares but a glimpse into these peoples lives as they pursue ordinary lives:  at school, at work, in their own homes, with their friends and family and planning for futures rich with opportunities, relationships and purpose within the communities that know and love them.

All of these stories were created before the NDIS started in Queensland and the people in them have engaged a range of supports – many of which have been unpaid and have grown from opportunities presented from ordinary lives in community.  Opportunities everyone can enjoy when they are seen for their strengths, capabilities and potential.

We wish to thank everyone who participated in these videos.  They were created in collaboration with Peter Hegedus from Soul Vision Films, who also made our 2014 DVD Together in Partnership.

New Website Launched: Bringing The Good Life to Life

CRU is pleased to announce the launch of a new website we have developed as part of our NDIS Participant Readiness program. Titled ‘Bringing the Good Life to Life’, this website has been created as a resource for people with disability and their supporters, both paid and unpaid. This website can be found at:…

News from CRU – June 2015

2015 is proving to be both busy and exciting for CRU. We thought you might be interested in an update on our various activities. NDIS Participant Readiness Project The first quarter of this year has been a very active time for our NDIS Participant Readiness project.  In the first four months of the project, approximately 700…

News from CRU – February 2015

In the past few months, there have been a number of changes at CRU that I wanted to let you know about.  You may have noticed a rather full calendar for 2015 and some new names appearing so I thought it was time for an update. We commenced three new initiatives in the latter part…

Aoife O’Toole: Agency Transformation

The ‘Agency Transformation’ events held throughout October were designed to assist managers and other key decision makers to think through the core requirements for authentic service transformation so that services would be individually tailored and designed to assist people with a disability to live better lives.

The workshops were hosted by Community Resource Unit (CRU) partnering with The Workforce Council’s Disability Sector Training Fund (DSTF) who provided financial support to assist workers to attend.

Cheshire Ireland’s Service Quality Manager Aoife O’Toole led Day four of the Agency Transformation series and shared her experiences of individualising service for 17 individuals and closing two institutions in 2011.

Janet Klees: Building Lasting Relationships

Janet Klees has been coordinator with the family-governed Deohaeko Support Network for the past 15 years and has been deeply affected by the lives of the people that she has come to know. Janet is the author of two books “We Come Bearing Gifts” and “Our Presence has Roots” that are both for sale in the CRU bookstore.

All of Janet’s work focuses on individually-designed arrangements and she is especially concerned that families are well supported to think through practical, principled ways to ensure that their family members live meaningful, involved and secure lives within their communities.