Introduction to Facilitation, Cairns 2018

3 workdays, over a 2 month period. 1.5 days in May and 1.5 days in July The purpose of this facilitation course is to assist people to intentionally develop the necessary skills and confidence to facilitate groups that support and benefit people with disabilities. We want people to strengthen their networks by learning together and…


Introduction to Facilitation, Brisbane 2018

3 days: April 18, May 16 and June 13, 2018 The purpose of this facilitation course is to assist people to intentionally develop the necessary skills and confidence to facilitate groups that support and benefit people with disabilities. We want people to strengthen their networks by learning together and from each other. The workdays will…


The NDIS: Getting Informed – For people who are blind or have low vision – Coorparoo

Join us for a tailored workshop that will provide information about the NDIS and has been designed to help people who are blind or have low vision to think about how they can best use the opportunities offered by the new scheme. This session will also include a guest speaker, Linda Blaik from Geelong, Victoria, who is using the NDIS and is blind. Having always been offered supports by various vision support organisations, Linda found the process of applying for funding for the first time very different to her previous experiences. Linda is now seeking out the supports suit her lifestyle and ones that make it easy for her to continue her volunteer work, travel and stay connected with her community.


CRU Southbank Dinner

  We invite you to join us for dinner at South Bank to catch up with old friends; meet new ones and hear about how people from different parts of the world are working to improve the lives of people with disability. THE DINNER WILL INCLUDE A SHORT PANEL PRESENTATION ‘The Critical Role of Families…

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

Leadership Forum: Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Communities

CRU will host a Leadership Forum: Inclusive Schools and Inclusive Communities with Canadian leaders on community inclusion, Dr Bruce Uditsky and Dr Anne Hughson from Inclusion Alberta, providing keynote presentations. The venue will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Boulevard Level (Grey St Entry) Registration from 08:00am for a 9:00am start. About the Forum: The…

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,…

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.

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…

Finding your Leadership Niche

Presented by Michael Kendrick Tuesday 19 May 2015 Riverglenn Indooroopilly Brisbane About the Workshop: Many people resist the label of “leader” believing it refers to those who are more skilled, experienced or articulate than them. Others think leadership only applies to people in formal (often management) roles. However, John Quincy Adams said “if your actions inspire…

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.