Who We Are
Life Without Barriers are a not-for-profit organisation working in more than 300 communities across Australia. Our services currently support just over 11,500 people living in their own homes or in residential houses that we manage.
We deliver services in the areas of disability, out-of-home care, aged care, mental health and support for refugee and asylum seekers. We also provide services to homeless people and to youth involved with the justice system.
We were established through the shared determination of local community members in Newcastle who wanted to improve the lives of people with a disability. Motivated by their own experiences and in response to demand for local disability support services, they decided to act. Generating interest in the community, proposing to create a new non-government organisation for supporting people living with disability, a Board was formed and Life Without Barriers was established.
We are national and diverse. Our major programs support people with disability, children in foster care, older Australians.
Since the early days of supporting and delivering services, initially for people with disabilities, we have held to the fundamental ethos that people achieve better outcomes when their natural supports and relationships are strengthened within their community.
We are problem solvers who support complex clients with a 'can do' and innovative attitude.
We believe in the rights of people and the importance of relationships. These foundations shape our unique approach to care and underpin the purpose, vision and values of our organisation.
Over the past few years we've entered a new era for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives and every day we are strengthening our support, and listening to first Australians. Our early learning centres at Minjilang on Croker Island and Lajamanu on the edge of the Tanami Desert opened in 2013 and now each enroll up to 30 children aged birth to five years.
We are local and community based. We employ and support local people and offer a vital network of services across Australia.
Under the leadership of our Executive management team, working with our Board of Directors our services are making a difference to the people in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.
We are trusted by government, clients and stakeholders and are known for our focused approach and quality service delivery.
Our 2015 Annual Report provides a snapshot of key activities and outcomes during the 2014-2015 Financial Year. You can read the full report here , and previous reports on our annual reports page of this website www.lwb.org.au/annualreport.
In working with clients and communities, we have been able to bring about significant changes for individuals across the country, including:
- sharing our Child safety messaging with all communities and contacts
- opening several supported living accommodation sites in three states
- developing services for over 5,200 refugees and asylum seekers
- establishing support services and transition programs for young people leaving Out of Home Care
- opening a new partnership-based mental health service in Victoria
- establishing and expanding our community aged care services
- helping clients in our disability support services transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- opening Domestic Violence counselling services
We encourage you to watch the video below and for an overview of our 2014 Annual Report by our Board Chair, Terry Lawler