Life Without Barriers is committed to working in partnership with the community, government and private sector to improve the lives of the people we support. The partnerships we have developed, and are creating, are a reminder that we can work together to deliver high quality care and support services. In particular we gratefully acknowledge funding, support and contributions delivered through our government and non-government partners.
Here are some of our more recent partnerships which are helping to build a better life and future for the people we support:
Life Without Barriers works with the CREATE Foundation to support children and young people in Out Of Home Care to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Two of Australia’s high-profile hip hop musicians, Urthboy and Josh Pyke, joined forces with some of our young people in foster and residential care to create a music track and animated video clip which talks directly about their experiences in care. The aim of the project, called Spitballin’ with Urthboy, was to empower our young people to talk about their experiences and draw out their opinions about life as a young person in care. Australia’s national youth music station Triple J launched Someone Else’s House where it reached third place on the Australian Hip-Hop iTunes’ charts. The track now regularly features on Triple J and ABC TV’s Rage and has reached more than 22,000 hits on YouTube. Proceeds from the sale of the song go to the CREATE Foundation to help them in their ongoing advocacy work which provides young people in Out Of Home Care with a voice.
In March 2014, Navman Wireless and Life Without Barriers commenced a partnership to support vulnerable individuals, families and communities across Australia. The first initiative under this partnership will involve Navman Wireless providing sponsorship to support young people in out of home care to attain their driver’s licence, with a particular focus on regional and rural areas.
As a sponsor of the Newcastle Jets for soccer season 2016/2017, Life Without Barriers organised for our customers with disability and children in care to attend the Jets Match Day on 4 December 2016 and to participate in several activities during the day. Life Without Barriers also benefits from advertising at McDonald Jones Stadium, as well as on the Newcastle Jets’ website and social media during the whole season.
Life Without Barriers secured the position as community partner with the Penrith Panthers NRL club for its 2014 NRL season. Our partnership with Penrith Panthers (based in western Sydney) saw our children in care receive the opportunity to attend a First Grade match at Sportingbet Stadium, and provided LWB with free advertising at the ground.
People’s Choice Credit Union
As a sponsor of Life Without Barriers, People’s Choice Credit Union, funded a care coordinator position for our New Horizons program in South Australia. New Horizons helps young people leaving foster care to transition to living independently as adults. Through this invaluable partnership assistance, LWB will be able to assist young people to develop plans and life skills for their future, and to build their confidence and abilities needed to make important decisions such as where they live, study and work.
Sparke Helmore has proved legal advice and assistance to Life Without Barriers since 2000. A recently implemented new approach by Sparke Helmore to its community engagement and pro bono program also benefitted LWB.
Telstra has supported Life Without Barriers during 2013–2014 as a multi-dimensional partner providing community service announcements for the 2014 National Carers Awards and 2014 Staff Recognition Awards, as well as being a key core Information Technology partner providing a range of commercial services including Video Conference capabilities, mobile applications development and strategic input and advice on LWB initiatives.
In November 2016, Life Without Barriers and Veolia partnered to launch a scholarship program to assist students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to successfully enter and complete a course of study at any tertiary institution in Australia. Starting 2017, two students will receive a scholarship of a maximum value of $15,000 each per annum for the complete duration of their course, and will be given the opportunity to complete a work placement with Life Without Barriers or Veolia.
Life Without Barriers has a fleet arrangement with Volkswagen Australia and has received support for our community-based programs since 2014. In light of the recent concerns raised around emissions levels of certain Volkswagen vehicles we have commenced discussions with senior representatives of Volkswagen Australia with regards to the impact of this situation on our ongoing relationship.