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.

3 decades Vox Pop now live

To mark our 30th Anniversary on the 26th and 27th of October 2018, CRU held three events at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre.  We thank local journalist, Nance Haxton for her work in interviewing people for these ‘vox pop’. In the first of these Nance asked for people’s reflections of the events.  You may hear…

Inclusion DesignLab: Introducing Circles of Support…

CRU created two videos for the National Resource Centre (NRC) for Circles of Support and Microboards (COSAM).  The first was a montage of Circle Members reflecting on what it means for them to be invited, included and involved involved in a circle of support. The other film is a discussion between three circle facilitators discussing the…

In memory of Mike Duggan

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of CRU Life Member, Mike Duggan. Mike made an immense contribution to CRU over decades. He served as a management committee member for 23 years, 16 of those as president, and was famous for his ‘From the President’ reflections in CRUcial Times. To get a…

Update from CRU and catalogue launch

Download the catalogue here You are well aware that there is great change going on in our sector at the moment and CRU is not immune from that. Given how much we talk about change here at CRU we do appreciate that change is unsettling and we ask you to bear with us as CRU…

QCIE – Peer Support Network dates for term 3

Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE) has announced times for Term 3 for their Brisbane and surrounds Peer Support Network ‘coffee and a chat’ sessions for families interested in finding out more about school inclusion or joining with other families pursuing an inclusive education. QCIE will be starting ‘coffee and a chat’ sessions in Townsville…

Fortnightly Event Update

Download the Date Claimer here CRU has some exciting events coming up in various locations in Queensland. Click on the image to view our newly released date claimer, and see below for more information on our events and how to register. You can also check out the events page on our website www.cru.org.au   BRISBANE…

NACBO: Workforce Innovation through Self-Managed Supports

In collaboration with the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO), of which CRU is a founding member, CRU developed two films that explored self-managed arrangements from the perspective of support workers. Workforce Innovation through Self-Managed Supports is a website developed by NACBO, has been designed to resource people with disability, their families and supporters who…

February events

Upcoming CRU Events for February 2018 As Christmas approaches and the 2017 year is coming to an end, planning for 2018 has started at CRU.  Below you will find a list of a few of the events that are already confirmed and more details are attached . There is also an accessible version with details…

Initial Events for 2018

Notice of upcoming CRU Events 2018 As Christmas approaches and the 2017 year is coming to an end, planning for 2018 has started at CRU.  Below you will find a list of a few of the events that are already confirmed and more details are attached . There is also an accessible version with details…

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…

AMPARO Advocacy: Esperance’s Story

As part of the Queensland Government’s NDIS Participant Readiness Project, Amparo Advocacy contracted CRU to create a film aimed at the Swahili speaking Congolese Community in Queensland.  We filmed Esperance in her own home, with the assistance of Mercy, a local interpreter.  The following films aims to communicate how paid supports can be used to…

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:  https://moralcoherency.com/ 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…

Michael Kendrick on…

CRU invited Michael Kendrick to our office to interview and film him discussing the topics of leadership and change.  Below is a selection of clips made from these sessions with more to follow. The value of imagining better Why is imagining better important? The leadership challenge of imagining better Learning to imagine better

2017 Date Claimer out now

We have been busily planning for 2017 to share the date claimer that will cover the early months of the year. There will be more events added though the year but we were keen to get this to you as soon as possible. On one side you will see a list of general events across the state. …

Upcoming CRU Events

Planning for 2017 is underway at CRU with more events to be finalised in the next few weeks.  We thought we would send a few dates now so that you can put them on your calendar before it fills up too much. The first is a Dinner at Southbank in on 27th February that will…

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…

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…

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…

Three upcoming events in Townsville

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting three events in Townsville on Monday 31 October.  These events will be held at the Townsville Sports House, 3–9 Redpath Street, North Ward, Townsville. During the day there will be two events held simultaneously, one for parents interested in inclusive education and one for support workers. That…

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…

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: http://thegoodlife.cru.org.au…

Date Claimer for 2016

The year is off to a busy start at CRU. We are pleased to attach a copy of the Dateclaimer for the first half of 2016. On one side you will see a list of workshops across the state.  As is usual for CRU, each of these workshops will have a registration fee and each of…

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…

Disability Leadership Project: Information Sessions

In late 2013, CRU accepted a private donation, to be paid annually for five years to contribute to the development of strong, principled leadership by people with disability and families throughout Queensland in order to contribute to better lives for people with disability. This donation is funding the Disability Leadership Project which is a project…

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…

Events held in 2015

CRU Events CRU is proud to announce some of our upcoming events for 2015. To the right you can download the 2015 Date Claimer. On one side (the green side) you will see a list of workshops across all regions of the state. The majority of these workshops are open to people with disabilities, family members…

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)…

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…