- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 20:33
Last year I shared with you that we had almost doubled our capacity in 12 months. This year I am proud to announce that we have moved from 4 to 14 properties collectively. Over and above this growth we have focused on developing a range of new service models and tailored programs with a view to improving people’s lives through better service delivery and innovation. From a sector perspective we have seen the launch of the National Disability Insurance and Community Visitor Schemes together with the introduction of Local Area Coordinators across Australia.
While this growth has been incredibly rewarding, we’ve had our challenges. As such, I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the EBL team for rising to the challenge once again this past year. The unwavering commitment of our employees meant that we were able to provide much needed respite and accommodation support to a number of new people and their families across the northern suburbs.
Over the past 12 months there has been significant reinvestment of funds into upgrading and improving EBL homes. We have established our first living arts centre ‘Jams Jars’ that focuses on engaging participants in activities of individual interest. We have pulled together as a team to promote new ‘circles of friends’ for young males entering our service who now attend football, soccer and social events as a group on a regular basis.
We have introduced a women’s housing model in Elizabeth which has been built in a cluster style providing a homely environment for six female residents. With the acquisition of these new homes in Elizabeth we have been able to relocate our administration office to larger premises located alongside some of our resident clients. It has been such a joy for our management team to be part of the daily hustle and bustle of these clients’ everyday lives.