Our year in review
A snapshot of how we partnered with people to change lives for the better in 2019
Welcome from Chief Executive, Claire Robbs
When courage meets action, lives change. We are passionate about supporting people to live the life they want to live. In this past financial year we have partnered with over 23,000 people to support them to achieve their goals. Our job is to first and foremost, build relationships, so that each person's support is designed by them, for them. You will see this emphasis on relationships woven throughout the work we do.
There is fantastic work happening every day at Life Without Barriers and I am proud to be able to share a snapshot of this work here with you. Thank you for your continued belief in our commitment to partner with people to change lives for the better.
Claire Robbs, Chief Executive
Our year by the numbers
Financial year 18/19
Supporting people with disability
This year we partnered with 6,098 people with disability to help them live the life they want to live. We are people people, which means relationships come first.
We support people in a variety of settings such as Supported Independent Living, Supported Disability Accommodation and through centres in the community. Our clients have a range of goals that we partner with them to achieve, including being more involved in their community, gaining meaningful employment, building independent living skills and strengthening connections with family. Here is a snapshot of how we have supported people to live the life they choose.
Meet your new barista, Matt
Matt is kickstarting his dream of one day opening his own café with the support of Life Without Barriers and t...
Self-advocacy groups for people with disability
Self-advocacy groups provide support, choice and control for NDIS participants in Victoria.
Supporting children, families and foster carers
This year we provided out-of-home-care to 4,673 children and young people. We strengthened our support for children in care and foster carers this year through:
- Launching Changing Lives: New Directions in Care, as our evidence-informed service delivery framework which encompasses We Put Children First, our approach to keep children safe from sexual abuse.
- Providing CARE and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training to 1078 staff and foster carers.
- Surveying 1606 children and young people living in foster and residential care about their safety and wellbeing and found that 95% felt safe where they live.
- Helping our foster carers to build connections through carer and family camps.
Partnering with people to change lives for the better
As well as disability and foster care, we work in a number of other sectors, including aged care, support for refugees and asylum seekers, mental health, homelessness and youth justice. Here we share just a snapshot of some of the amazing work being done across Australia.
Braydon back home and in school with support from MST
With support from our multisystemic therapy clinician, Braydon and his parents saw huge changes in his life.
Creating career opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers
As an asylum seeker or refugee in Australia, the path to employment can be rocky. Life Without Barriers suppor...
Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We believe that reconciliation should not just live in the hearts and minds our staff, but in our hands as well. Through our Reconciliation Action Plan we are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, clients and their families in a way that is culturally appropriate, respecting their traditions and deep connection to country. This year we:
- Welcomed 141 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to our organisation.
- Supported numerous Return to Country trips and cultural camps for children and young people in foster care and people with disability.
- Partnered with 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to ensure our work is culturally informed and respectful.
- Delivered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture e-learning to 2,547 staff and a further 408 staff through face-to-face training.
- Celebrated and acknowledged key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events including participating in 60 NAIDOC community events.
- Supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with a total spend of $586,000 in goods and services.
- Embedded cultural support plans for children in foster care.
Living arts program - connecting to culture
The Living Arts Tjiranka Tjatu Nintiringanyi Program at Life Without Barriers began in July 2018. The program ...
What reconciliation means to Claire Wildish
The Living Arts program offers people from diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to develop a connecti...