The small CRU team based in Brisbane is a connecting point for many people across Queensland who believe that people with disability should belong to and participate in community.  We know that partnerships are important if we are to achieve our vision of full and meaningful lives for people living with disability.

One of the unique aspects of CRU is that our constituency is made up of people with disability, family members and workers from the government and non-government sector. CRU is a place for people to collaborate, challenge and inspire each other and we welcome all people who share our aims to link with us either formally or informally.

CRU has engaged in partnerships both locally, nationally and internationally.  We are committed to ensuring our partnerships reflect and progress the mission and work of CRU.  Examples of this include:

  • Contributing and sharing our resources
  • Developing and facilitating niche training for organisations and families
  • Working with governments, councils and organisations to manage change
  • Collaborating to develop multimedia resources
  • Investing in strategic leadership development
  • Linking people to combine efforts in creating meaningful change.

Working Partnerships

National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations

CRU is a member of the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO), a collection of organisations committed to working together to deliver capacity building projects around Australia.

The member organisations are:

19 Stories of Social Inclusion

19 Stories of Social Inclusion is a project led by Belonging Matters in collaboration with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (Melbourne University).  The project invited 19 Australians with disability (and their networks) to share their lives of connection, belonging and contribution.

Its aim was to capture the diverse ways that people are living inclusion and in doing so help other to get the essence of what ‘inclusion’ can mean in practice in the lives of those who are doing it.  The stories were shared as a mixture of videos and written articles.

The number 19 was chosen as Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities refers to the right to live independently and participate in the community.

Self-Managed Workforce Innovation project

The Self-Managed Workforce Innovation project explores how self-managed arrangements deliver good outcomes for the person living with disability and the workers involved in their supports.  A series of interviews with support workers, and those that employ them in a self-managed arrangement, are being conducted and will soon be shared through a dedicated website.

These will help people living with disability make informed choices about which support model can best deliver the supports they seek and to attract and retain support workers.

Getting on the Grid

This project is working with people with disability in Queensland who are known to be at risk of missing out on accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Built upon a peer leadership model that works with members of their communities, this project involves running short interactive sessions targeted at people who are:

  • transient, living in supported accommodation, living in caravan parks and/or experiencing housing challenges
  • homeless, or at risk of homelessness
  • exiting the child safety, criminal justice and juvenile justice systems
  • from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex and asexual communities (LGBTQIA).

The getting on the grid project is a collaboration between Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), the Community Living Association (CLA), Micah Projects and CRU.

CRUs part in this initiative has been to participate in the steering group and to contribute to the evaluation of the project.

For more information please visit the Getting on the Grid homepage.

Uniting Care Queensland

Uniting Care Queensland (formerly known as Uniting Care Community is the) health and community service provider for the Uniting Church.  They have over 15000 staff and 9000 volunteers and provide assistance to people across Queensland.

Since 2015 CRU has worked with Uniting Care Community to develop and deliver values based training to their staff across Queensland.

This has involved connecting with all levels of their staff; from front line workers through to their executive team.

MDA/Diversewerks Training for CALD Sector Development

This project was a collaboration between the Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and Diversewerks.  It’s aim was to increase sectoral understanding of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and to support the development of CALD disability service options under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This project was funded by the Department of Social Security’s Sector Development Fund and led by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS).

CRU was a member of the reference group for this project and participated in the project co-design and review from August 2017 until September 2018. The project reference group members included staff from National Disability Services (NDS), the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, AMPARO Advocacy and Steps Group.

CRU was also engaged to develop a short introductory training program on contemporary disability practice. Participants were provided with an overview of the pillars of support that are useful for assisting people with disability to achieve social and economic participation, have choice and control in their lives and to work towards their goals.

Participants also explored how this the move to individualised, person centred support is improving the lives of people who live with disability.

The project also created a toolkit to assist organisations to build capacity to provide culturally appropriate support for CALD communities under the NDIS.

The resources are grouped into the following key areas:

  • Organisational planning
  • Organisational capacity
  • Engagement and planning

See the toolkit

CRU particularly supports two voluntary and unfunded organisation that promote Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and Inclusive Education in Queensland.  They are:

Values in Action Association

Values in Action Association (ViAA) is an independent Social Role Valorisation (SRV) education initiative that runs workshops and events in South East Queensland.

ViAA works with individuals, families, human services, community organisers and activists to assist people understand Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and to explore how they might use the lessons of SRV to achieve good lives for devalued people.

CRU is the Australian distributor of Valor Press, the publisher of the SRV texts.  We sell 8 books on SRV and PASSING through our online bookstore and continues to promote VIAA events.

Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE)

Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE) believe that local, regular school needs to be the default option for all student with a disability and recognise that this will only be achieved through changes to policy, process and the resourcing of schools and their community.

Some members of the collective with Lisa Bridle, after an inclusive education forum at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

This Queensland Collective, which started in 2017, is a statewide group of families who promote inclusive lives for their children with disability and work together to make inclusive schools a reality for all.

CRU has contributed to this parent voice giving assistance with planning facilitation and resourcing families to tell their story.  CRU has also collaborated with QCIE in running and promoting events.

Members of the collective have also been supported through our Disability Leadership Project which has assisted them to attend workshops, run workshops of their own and present at events.

Examples of Past Alliances

In its 30 years history CRU has partnered with many groups, organisations and committed individuals to create change.  In recent years this has included:

  • Participant Readiness CALD work:  Mamre Association, QDN  and CRU
    These three organisations advocated for a funded targeted strategy as part of the NDIS Participant Readiness Strategy.
  • Griffith University NDIS Symposia series
    This series of nine symposia explored key topics that needed to be discussed to ensure everyone could have equitable access to the NDIS.  Topics included employment, home, CALD communities, children with complex health needs and people who are hard to reach.
  • Community Safeguards Coalition
    A coalition of advocacy groups, individuals, some service providers and others who worked for many years as a united and unfunded lobby group.
  • CRU is a signatory of the Action for Universal Housing Design
  • Communication Rights Alliance

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