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.
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.
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.
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.