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Annual Report 2013–2014 celebrating 30 years


The Community Living Project (CLP)’s Mission is to provide a quality service in the southern region which enables people who have intellectual and/or multiple disabilities to achieve a purposeful and valued community life through assisting people to have: home; relationships; valued roles; competencies; community participation and inclusion.

Contents Chairperson’s and Executive Officer’s Report


Reflections on 30 Years


Supported Living Circles Initiative Circles@School Micro Enterprise Project

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Treasurer’s Report


Financial Statements Extract


Auditor’s Report




Front cover, clockwise from top left: Joc McCann at work in her micro enterprise; Mary Edwards with her Circle friend Jody; Ben Wishart, home owner; Construction at Saltash; Gabriel with a Circles@School friend.

Chairperson’s and Executive Officer’s Report This is the 30th year for the Community Living Project, an organisation that is testament to the foresight of a small group of resourceful and visionary families. These families believed in the power of ordinary, typical lives for all people – the seeming conundrum whereby ‘ordariness’ is the safest path to a good life, a life filled with experiences centred around home, family, friendship, valued roles and inclusion. The families’ challenge in 1984 was to clear the path to a good life for their sons and daughters in the face of powerful systems that presented many obstacles, resulting in people with disability losing the opportunity to grow, thrive and contribute to their community. A scan of past CLP Annual Reports shows that much has been achieved in 30 years, yet so much remains to be done. We walk alongside families as the people we support move into their own homes, complete study, build careers, travel the world, and yet continue to struggle against societal expectations and attitudes which result in these ‘ordinary’ achievements being seen as ‘extraordinary’. Our work will only ever near completion when we are surrounded by unsurprising and everyday stories of people with disability living a good life. The CLP founding families were indeed visionary – even if it has taken 30 years for the system to catch on! The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is offering

the promise for more people with disability to access a ‘flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations’, and while it is in essence a funding mechanism, it is built on person-centred principles and sits in close alignment with CLP’s Mission and objectives. In reviewing our Strategic Plan, the CLP Board have discussed the opportunity created by the NDIS to sharpen our focus on personalisation, and using our combined experience, expertise and passion, ensure that the eventual transition for people and families to the new pathway of the NDIS is as seamless as possible. We must work more creatively as an organisation to ensure that our administration continues to be efficient and effective, and our communication strategies help those families looking for a highly personalised service to find their way to our door.

Above: Olive Weston, Senator Don Grimes and Gordon Bilney MP, 1984. Right: Jill Wishart, Ray Brooks and Olive Weston ’Breaking New Ground’, 2013.


We will have to build new networks and alliances with like-minded agencies to strengthen our influence on government directions and build long-term sustainability. We will need to look at opportunities for future planning roles with families to assist them to dream of what a good life might look like for their son or daughter. We are encouraged by Lorna Hallahan, who facilitated our strategic planning session in May, in recognising that organisations grow in the direction of their questions. CLP needs to invest in asking powerful questions that will help us to grow in the direction of future possibilities that are consistent with our Mission. Workforce development remains a key issue generally for the sector, while recruiting and developing people to work within the CLP philosophy continues to be a crucial area to invest in with and alongside families. This year CLP’s Board has started addressing these priorities. Several Board members have attended seminars during the year on the NDIS. We undertook a review of our finance and administrative processes, redefined job roles, and invested in additional clerical support.


We would like to thank Fred, Pat, Anne-Marie, Rosemary and Lyn, and welcome Carol Riches as an excellent back up to the team. Special congratulations to Fred Thomas on reaching his 10 years with CLP – even more impressive given that it started as a six-week casual job! Just prior to Christmas we received a favourable response from the state government to our request for a review of the Equal Remuneration Order pay reimbursement. The reimbursement each year will now be calculated on a greater percentage of our total budget, which will become more significant to our revenue as the increases accumulate over the next eight years. We thank the Department for their willingness to provide ongoing support to smaller agencies. The investment in our new office was a strategy to help build our independence and long-term sustainability. The land was purchased in 1996 after an anonymous donation way back in 1987, and it was a remarkable feeling at the end of

September to finally walk through the doors of this bright, accessible, welcoming building. It was also wonderful to have around 50 people, including new and ‘old’ CLP families, attend the fairly impromptu ‘Breaking New Ground’ event at the block last November. Feedback was very positive and reflects the strong community spirit that exists. Many people seemed to enjoy seeing the photo posted on our active and popular Facebook page.

“I feel privileged to be part of a human service organisation which refuses to compromise its principles and values, in spite of the pressures of economic rationalism.” John Grantley Chairperson’s Report 1995/1996

We would like to make particular thanks to the supervising builder, Steve Heinze from LangCo, and the Project Manager, Megan Hayward from JFA, for their efficiency, approachability and high quality work that resulted in the office being completed two months ahead of schedule.

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This year we have continued to influence the thinking of people beyond our organisation, with presentations to conferences in Sydney and Canberra, to Australia Award Fellowship (AAF) fellows from Indonesia, to university students, and at a range of seminars in SA during the year. Jayne Barrett also ran a very well-received Action Learning course over six months to Disability Services staff. Independent evaluations of the Micro Enterprise Project and Circles@School this year demonstrated extremely positive outcomes. Big congratulations go to MEP staff for winning the Innovation Award at the NDS SA event in November! We will continue to work hard to establish sustainable ongoing funding for these innovative projects, and thank the staff and families involved for their willingness to ride this period of uncertainty with us. It is also important to recognise our contemporaries in JFA Purple Orange such as Robbi Williams. JFA have funded and continue to provide resources for innovation projects such as MEP and our collaborations are crucial.

Above: Darrin Hepworth, Georgina Williams and Brenda Oakey ‘Breaking New Ground’, 2013. Right: ‘Breaking New Ground’, 2013.


We would also like to acknowledge the efficient work of Anne-Marie Hamilton in coordinating the move from 111 Beach Road with very few hiccups. Last but not least, again we thank Darrin Hepworth for his experience and energy in setting up charitable trusts. Registration of the CLP Trust as a charity has been approved, and we have a formal office lease drawn up between CLP and the Trust.

This year has seen some exciting developmental thinking in terms of home-sharing opportunities, with many families attending a seminar organised by Project Officer, Katrina Holmes, with our guest from My Place in WA, Rod Davies. We will continue to drive this thinking so that it becomes a real option for people into the future. We are also building our capacity in shared management of support, with several families choosing CLP as a Host agency for their individual budgets. We welcome several new families to CLP and look forward to sharing your journeys.


“We have put many hours of staff, Board and individual time into discussion, analysis and … debate about the what’s, where’s and how’s of our future – there is an incredible list of items to be considered in the areas of organisation, size, geographic boundaries, types of service required,… funding availability and the effects of Industrial Agreement restraints.” Bill Freeman Chairperson’s Report 1989/1990

Sadly, we have also farewelled Josie Neill, Rob Easson and Dallas Towers this year, and send our deepest condolences to their families. We would like to thank all our dedicated Board members who continue to give their time, skills and passion to our efforts. We would like to thank Paul Barnes who joined us as Treasurer until May, and we will miss his experience and skills. Thanks go to Darrin for stepping in to temporarily fill the gap. Alicia Brown also moves on after one year of great contribution on the Board, and we wish her and her family all the very best for the future. A huge thank you goes to John Lodge who has very capably represented people receiving direct support for the last 12 years. We will miss your contribution.

We thank and congratulate our two service managers, Kathryn and Jayne, and acknowledge their significant input in terms of leading their teams to constantly think more deeply and to drive innovation. Jayne celebrated her 30 years with CLP this year – a significant and outstanding achievement. We thank Jayne for her ongoing wisdom, commitment and loyalty to CLP values, families and staff, and for sharing such a big part of her life with us.

Andy Stanley defines vision as “a clear mental picture of what could be, fuelled by the conviction that it should be”. We will continue to work toward our vision, fuelled by the conviction of the founding families which remains as strong today as it was in 1984. Caroline Ellison Chairperson Prue Gorman Executive Officer

In conclusion, leading an organisation such as CLP and holding fast to principles, ethos and vision that is often beyond political rhetoric is a never ending challenge. Where CLP is positioned in terms of the NDIS and other reforms and the existence of our new office is testimony to CLP’s leadership and the effort of others such as individuals, families, Board, steering committees, staff and other supports. It is the endless and seamless supportive network that is CLP, which makes achievements of an ‘ordinary’ life possible.

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Reflections on 30 Years 1984

Parents of Disabled (South) ‘PODs’ set up an office at 98B Beach Road, Christies Beach.


February: Incorporation of ‘Community Living Project Inc. (for people with an intellectual disability)’. March: Inaugural meeting of CLP Board.


Funds left by an ‘unknown benefactor’ (later used to part purchase land at Saltash Avenue).


Sponsored ‘Housing Connexion’ (later changed name to ‘Life’s for Living’).


Funds approved for four ‘families as employers’ for accommodation support.


Revised Mission Statement and Objectives. Moved office to 111 Beach Road, Christies Beach.


Purchased land at 31 Saltash Avenue, Christies Beach.


Website developed.


Approval for the new ‘Disability Provider Panel’.


Revenue reaches $1m.


First family retreat held.


‘Circles of Support’ established in association with Macquarie Bank and the JF McLeod Trust.


CLP gains accreditation under the new Service Excellence Framework (SEF).


Four families go on Canadian exchange. Ross Womersley moves on from CLP after 25 years. Supported Living Manager role created. CLP revenue reaches $2m.


Prue Gorman commences as new Executive Officer. Website revamped.


Successful SEF reaccreditation. Focus on self management. Enterprise Agreements for CLP and Circles. Circles Governance Group established. Reciprocal visit of Canadian families.

Katrine Hildyard MP, July 2014

CLP Life Members


Micro Enterprise Project and Circles@School trials funded for two years.


Plans and finance approved for a new office at Saltash Avenue, Christies Beach. CLP Development Charitable Trust established. Revenue passes $3m.


Jayne Barrett celebrates 30 years’ employment with CLP. New office constructed and move to 31 Saltash Avenue.


“Happy 90th birthday to my dear friend Olive Weston – very well respected community leader, WWII nurse, activist, carer, wise political adviser and volunteer, co-founder of disability organisation Community Living Project Inc., member of Port Noarlunga Christies Beach RSL and inspiration to many. A privilege to celebrate with and honour this amazing woman!”

Molly Warner Olive Weston Ray Brooks Jill Wishart Colin Lawn Bill Freeman John Grantley Ross Womersley

1995 1995 1995 1997 2002 2003 2008 2010


My Reflections on 30 CLP Years What a task – I’ll start with some general questions: 1. Has the world changed for people with a disability in 30 years? 2. Are things better for people living with a disability? 3. Are things worse for people living with a disability? 4. Why is it so hard for people living with a disability to have a good life? 5. Why is it so hard for services to get it right? I don’t believe the world in general has changed significantly for people living with disability. We’ve created a lot of legislation around rights and antidiscrimination, which has in turn increased awareness, but generally, it’s still incredibly difficult for people living with intellectual disability to have a full, independent and inclusive life in community. Although large institutions are not the first fallback position, we still have cluster settings and group homes as the ‘norm’. Government decisions, based on funding availability, deem these to be to be the only options, declaring all else to not be financially viable. So what has happened to the values about person centredness, rights and citizenship that are espoused in masses of documents and written material?

The really big difference is the CLP approach of “How can we, or what will it take to make this happen or change for you?”. This is real person centred service provision i.e. driven by the individual and not by the service provider – so often talked about but not always practised. Many other services are driven by the funding (or lack of) and people seeking a service from them are told what they can or cannot have. The CLP Mission Statement continues to provide the catalyst for reflection on “how are we travelling?” CLP’s philosophy and support to individuals over 30 years has transformed many, many lives. Not only to the individuals who are supported, but also to the wider community including politicians, local and international students, and community groups. As a leader in the field, CLP continues to make a difference in a world that is still struggling to understand that disability doesn’t equate to secondrate citizenship! As the NDIS unfolds, CLP is well placed to continue implementing its philosophy and service provision.

Next questions:

As a founding parent, it is immensely rewarding to see the dreams and hard work of the initial parent group develop and enrich so many lives.

1. How is CLP different from other services? 2. Has CLP made a difference?

Jill Wishart CLP Life Member and Founding Parent

Above left: Prue Gorman, Olive Weston and Katrine Hildyard MP. Right: Ben Wishart, proud home owner and landlord.

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(Editor’s Note: We are thrilled that Jill has been recently named as a National Disability Awards finalist for the 2014 Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability, which recognises an individual with lived experience of disability who, through exceptional effort and outstanding achievement over a significant period, has improved outcomes for people with disability. Congratulations Jill!)


Thanks for the Memories… but what will the next 30 years bring? I have to say I am extremely proud as I think about the fact that CLP is turning 30. Remarkable! Wonderful! Awesome even! And congratulations to every single one of you, who together have helped to forge the CLP as it exists today. It’s no surprise but we did have a few ‘naysayers’ along the way. People who argued that the place of people who live with a disability was not right in the heart of our community, but somewhere else with other people who also had a disability. People who had only ever seen people who live with a disability in roles that we de-value: as sick, dependent, unable, reliant. Above: Paul Howse, Michelle Howse, Gordon Bilney MP, Ross Womersley and Tracy Jenkin, 1986. Right: Retiring Board member, John Lodge.


Now it’s extremely fortunate that on the other hand we had some champions of another view. People who believed there was another way. Parents who had only ever seen their children – now adults – as living and belonging in their local community, as having a contribution to make and with lives to get on and lead. Community members who saw that it was important of help change the status quo. Workers who came inspired by the fact that they could play a part in helping people build lives and assume roles that would carry purpose and value in the eyes of other community members. Over 30 years I hope that together we have built a service that has a genuinely personal and enabling relationship with the people we have supported, as well as with the people who love and care about them. It has never been perfect. We made mistakes but we also learnt from these as we walked together. We occasionally became dispirited but mostly we remained determined to

ensure that the role we played in people’s lives was an enabling one. We worked towards helping people take control in their own lives and to give voice to the things they wanted. We grew up together. CLP’s challenge now – to keep learning, to keep enabling, to keep adding value, and to remember it’s CLP’s role as an organisation to evolve with each person, to push them to keep dreaming ever bigger and to ensure that the support they receive really does enable them to both imagine and pursue a life lived well. I really want to extend my sincere appreciation to those who already have and those who will step forward and help lead CLP over the next 30 years. I also really want to extend my special thanks to all of you – and there have been many – who became companions on my journey and the journey as we grew the dream. Ross Womersley Executive Officer 1984–2009


On Reflection Amidst the excitement of preparing to move to the new office, I took the opportunity to tidy up some of our files and information. Many people have lots of information on file – health concerns, skills assessments, financial arrangements, family histories and even school reports. Every now and then I came across something that shared people’s hopes and dreams of the future, and it made me take stock and reflect on our roles as support workers in people’s lives, and the CLP Mission Statement. One of the things I have learned is that people’s hopes and dreams are usually connected to what others think are possible. A school report from over 15 years ago says that one woman “struggles with literacy, and is unlikely to move beyond basic education”. A note I found later tells me the woman hoped she would “be able to read magazines sometime in the future”. It seems she had accepted what her teachers thought was possible. And yet when I think of that same woman now, I think of the times I have met up with her at TAFE, of the University graduation certificate and photo she proudly shares with me and others, and of the poems and stories she has authored. One of her dreams now is to publish her life story. It strikes me that having access to people who believe in her potential is an important part of the shift this woman makes to her dreams. And this is where we come in.

We walk alongside her and share with her our confidence and admiration for her efforts. When she talks about her future directions, we encourage her to think ‘big’ and deeply. And when she hits a roadblock, we support her to find a different way round. We believe her dreams are possible, and she believes they are too. Time and again I have seen how we all blossom when others see our unique gifts and believe in our potential. Rarely is it an instant bloom – usually we start very small, with very small dreams and very big fears.

I have been a member of the CLP Board for 13 years, from 2002 to 2014, and it has been an honour to have been asked to sit on the Board. Since being on the Board I have seen lots of changes, some I have liked and some I have not, but I know these decisions are made with people’s best interests at heart. Since I first received support from CLP in 1988 I have seen a lot of workers come and go. I have had the privilege of having some very good workers over the years I’ve been with CLP.

Months and years go by, and the voices of those around us grow louder, encouraging us, celebrating our successes and helping us to learn from the hiccups of life.

I’ve learnt a lot since being with CLP both as a Board member and as someone who gets support but what I regard highly about being on the Board was having a strong sense of belonging and my opinion truly valued.

For me, this is our role as support workers. This is the intent of the CLP Mission Statement, unwritten but infused with high expectations.

I will miss being on the Board but I wish all Board members and staff the very best for the future in the new building.

As support workers we can make a choice to believe in people, and to seek the very best for them as they seek the best for themselves.

John Lodge Board Member 2002–2014

It’s a privilege to do so. It takes practice and intentionality, and vigilance. And the benefits are worth it. I look forward to reading this woman’s life story (and secretly both hope and dread that we get a mention!). Julie Edwards Senior Coordinator

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Supported Living Here we are again at this busy time of year. It seems to come around with increasing frequency, particularly after such an eventful few months. This is a time of reflection and thoughtful planning for the future. We ask ourselves: what have we learnt and what changes need to be made for the future, for us, for the people we support and their families? As a service, we need to prepare for the NDIS and consider how we stay true to the principals and values that we have adhered to so strongly and that have acted as our firm foundation for 30 years. In that time we have seen many changes – our new building being one of them. As I reflect I consider the contributions of those founding members, their tenacity, strength, and their refusal to yield. It is that strength and commitment to the dream they had for their sons and daughters to live a full life in community that enables us to keep striving alongside families. It is interesting to see that same strength in some of the newer families. Thank you Jill, Olive, Ray and Bev for your insight, for your mentoring and role modelling. And for being available to teach us, to learn together, to hear the stories of our history. We continue to learn from all the people we support and their families.

In thinking about Rob, we honour his gentle spirit and devoted family, and are grateful for the times he helped us to share his beautiful vision of the world, leaving us with a sense of peace. Josie was a woman of quiet strength. Her creativity and mindfulness, and her generosity of spirit and empathic approach impacted on all of us here at CLP. We will miss them both. Our heartfelt condolences go to both families.

The new building What a wonderful space we now have to work in – everybody is enjoying the freshness, and the opportunity for more reflection, from the very practical, to the nuances of individual support – working with people as they share with us their dreams, goals and vision for the future, and work out what is the next step on their journey. Moving into the new building has given us an opportunity to look at where we have come from, how we have changed and what remains the same. And it’s given us cause to think about what we have brought with us and what to leave behind.

It’s also taught us about teamwork. Any move is a complicated event, and as we have navigated ours we have learnt how to better work together and respect each other’s different approaches and preferences. Thank you to all the Support Staff, those that are walking alongside the people we support. We recognise that our organisation is only as good as the staff on the ground. They are usually working in isolation and do not have anyone to bounce ideas off immediately, so training and preparing are important. We encourage staff to think through issues, and to reflect on what the expectations are of the support workers and how do they get there? Training to ask the right questions is helpful and having a relationship with the coordinator where workers feel comfortable to come debrief, debate, challenge, grow, and learn is beneficial for all. Our training focus this year has been on valued roles. We have used tools from Jane Sherwin (a consultant from Queensland) and The Better Practice Project’s latest publication ‘Valued Roles for All’.

Every year brings some sadness, and this year it was the passing of Rob Easson in March, and Josie Neill in August. Right: Construction at Saltash. Far right: JFA Project Manager Megan Hayward, CLP Board member Pierre Rosenberg and Manager Tindo Solar Richard Inwood.



We have also used the talents that lie within CLP and a tool has been developed by one of our workers Mel Jackman. With the understanding that it is the Support Workers who hold the key to a person moving forward, the Senior Coordinator, Coordinator and I meet weekly and look at next steps, with the conversations including – how does the person achieve their dream? Are we heading in the right direction? Are we checking in with families? What do they need? What is their preferred way of communicating? Are we really hearing what people are saying? We remind ourselves that we are a service and some people do not want further intrusion. We ask ourselves how can we support them, and understand that people all learn differently. Thank you again for the amazing team that I work with. Thank you to the growing admin team and their support and knowledge. It is great having them to discuss issues with, what may seem like a good idea may create some difficulties in practice, and they offer excellent support and I appreciate their individual gifts and talents. Thank you Julie, Bob, Monica, Helen and Vanessa. Thank you Prue for your guidance and leadership. It has been a year that has bought some challenges to members of our team, but I think it has been fair to

say the support to people has been seamless and people have stepped up where necessary. That is a reflection on how we work together, and our commitment to values based support. I say it every year; it is a privilege to work with such a team, and with the people and families we support. Kathryn Knaggs Supported Living Manager

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In Memory of Josie Josie showed me that disability actually meant ability and boy, was she able!

Able to love Able to learn Able to dance Able to dream Able to sing Able to soar Able to play Able to ponder Able to care Able to comfort Able to laugh Able to light the way Able to be my beautiful sister, always looking out for me forever in my heart. Now it is time to say ‘goodbye’ but I know that you will live on in our hearts and minds forever. Above: Brenton and Josie Neill. Right: David Roach on holidays in Sydney.


Heather Milchem August 2014


Sharing Stories “Possibly the greatest Hi, I’m David. I have been challenge facing the by CLP since 1984, Project in the years ahead supported back in the days of Ross. is the need to continue I have a very busy life. I volunteer at the Glenelg library as well as being an to maintain highly individualised, flexible, and usher at the Marion Cultural Centre. recently joined a men’s breakfast quality services. Two things I’ve group at the Community Centre which are almost certainly and a photography group in my pre-requisites to sustaining local area. In the past few years I have been on some holidays, one such an effort are firstly, to Sydney and also to Port Lincoln. our ability to attract and I really enjoy staying in Sydney and usually stay in Hyde Park. While in retain high quality and Sydney I go to the aquarium, circular experienced staff, and, quay, and Sydney’s wild life park and take a cruise along Sydney Harbour. secondly, our ability to recognise the flexible way David Roach in which we ask them to respond to each service user and their individual need for support.”

“The CLP grew out of a desire to create a better future. Increasingly as the larger service system, funding structures and government policies undergo massive change, it is imperative for all of us involved with the CLP to keep reminding ourselves, our politicians, our public servants and other community members, of all the things we have learnt, while also trying to maintain a very clear focus on the future we aspire to.” Ross Womersley, 1996

Bill Freeman Chairperson’s Report 1987–1988

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Circles Initiative In 2014, CLP Circles Initiative celebrates our first ten years. Being involved in the lives of 40 people, we see what a difference having a bunch of intentional friends involved in a vulnerable person’s life can make. Some of the things both big and small that Circle friends have helped people achieve are: • Moving from the family home to a home of their own. • Inspiring and supporting people to move from institutional care to live in a home of their own. • Enjoying regular holidays together. • Spending time together enjoying a common interest. • Going regularly to a sports match e.g. football, basketball. • Invitations out to dinner and coffee. • Catching a movie together. • Celebrating special occasions together. • Help to buy a new car. • Having people care about you and offer good advice and advocacy. We see amazing outcomes when Circle friends get together regularly as a group with the person and get involved as their champions.

Circles Action Learning Course

build the personal networks of a person in their service.

During the first six months of this year, we ran an action learning course for Disability Services staff working at Strathmont and Highgate Park, exploring and teaching a nominated group of staff how to

Following the course, one of the staff was invited to join the Circles Initiative facilitators for at least six months, being guided to work with several people who are currently living at Highgate Park.

Above top: Stuart Mackenzie with Circle friends. Above below: Tim Adam with Circle friends. Right top: Angie Reichelt at the Community Garden with her Circle friends. Right middle: Paul Coutts and his friend Jannah Thompson presenting at the family retreat. Right below: Attendees at the 2014 Family Retreat.


Thank you to the Circle facilitators for the efforts and expertise put into their work; Katrina who has assisted in managing Circles, Natasha, Hannah and more recently Marg and Olga from Highgate.


Our 4.5 fulltime equivalent staff hours are spent being actively involved with people who live either in their own home, at home with families, in group homes or institutions, spread from Upper Hermitage to Goolwa and all places in between. The Circles Initiative Governance Subcommittee meets bimonthly and I thank all who have contributed time and wisdom.

Our Family Retreat 2014: ‘Imagining Possibilities’ In March we held another one of our biannual Family Retreats, which was made possible made possible with the appreciated support of Community Benefit SA. Heather Simmons from Perth led the retreat program, which featured many people making presentations about their achievements and how they are being supported to live their lives. These inspirational stories help many more people to believe that their lifestyle aspirations are possible, having support to live the same life as any citizen, a home of their own, control over who their support staff are, what they do and when they work, having strong freely given relationships involved in their lives, enjoying a career and leisure of their choice. Jayne Barrett Circles Initiative Manager

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Circles@School Our Education Departmentfunded C@S project is now in its third year. Amanda our Circle Facilitator is involved with 11 students with disability who are in a mainstream class in their local mainstream school. Using the Circles methodology, C@S is helping to invite and engage student who are their peers to get

involved in their friendship circle, helping them to belong. At the same time C@S gets involved with the student’s parents, encouraging them to build allies who support their journey of inclusion in mainstream school. Some key indicators of C@S success are play dates after school, invitations to birthday parties, having fun at camp, sleepovers as well as having study buddies, playing and hanging out at recess and lunchtimes at school.

“Don’t ever allow yourself to be trapped by thinking that having a disability means life has to be any less than anyone else’s. Our ambition to create a world in which people who live with a disability are welcomed and valued has not been fulfilled and is an aspiration that remains as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.” Ross Womersley, 2009

In November 2013 C@S had an external evaluation conducted by Prof Robert Jackson. A comprehensive evaluation report has been completed. Many references from our C@S project are likely to be used more broadly in the evidence and support of inclusive education nationally, which is some of the work of Bob Jackson does as an advocate and expert in inclusive education. Thank you Amanda for your great work, commitment and support, and also to members of the C@S Steering Committee who meet bimonthly to provide advice and direction. Left: Khye with his Circles@School friends. Right top: Gabriel with his Circles@School friends. Right below: Dallas with Seacliff Life Saving Club members.



Conversations About… The Future Heather Simmons (our great ally from Perth) led discussion with parents of C@S in exploring the future for their child, where to live, how to live, future career aspirations, recreation and leisure pursuits, relationships and friends who care about you. The parents had not met one another before but were united in their hopes and dreams that their sons and daughters would have opportunities to live their lives included in ‘mainstream’ life as would any other child growing up to adulthood. These are some of our parent leaders of the future. ‘Conversations About…’ is a regular small group we hold where we invite family members to join in a targeted discussion for a few hours about a particular topic of interest. Some of our past ‘Conversations About…’ sessions have explored topics such as: • After school what? • Moving from the family home. • Shared living arrangements. In the last 30 years we have had many struggles and will continue to have many in the future… but we are still here working on strategies and projects that will hopefully support people to belong.

Farewell to Dallas We were very sad that Dallas Towers passed away recently. Dallas was in her early 30s and had been involved with Circles Initiative for many years. As a Pisces, Dallas longed to swim in the sea… the effects of MS had meant that Dallas couldn’t go for a swim in the sea without lots of help.

Circle friends helped approach the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club which started a great relationship with club members and several swims in sea.

Jayne Barrett Circles Initiative Manager

Dallas was made an honorary member of the SSLSC. Dallas will be greatly missed.

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Micro Enterprise Project “Jill Wishart continues to remind the Board that organisations like the CLP have a vital role in promoting positive action in response to this vast and pressing need. This has to include reminding people that the CLP is living proof of the capacity for people to be supported to enjoy decent ordinary lives in their local community.”

30 years ago CLP was starting out as one of the first new and innovative services designed specifically to provide community living supports to people who did not want to live in institutions, and we had all the uncertainties of funding and sustainability for the future. 30 years on, CLP’s Micro Enterprise Project, a new and innovative model designed as an alternative option to Day Programs, finds itself in the same uncertain position. The last two years of work initially focussed on local and overseas research that informed us about how we might design the Micro Enterprise Project (MEP) as a new service model to be offered to people who live with significant disability. The establishment funding granted by DCSI and JF McLeod Benevolent Fund ended on 30 June 2014.

John Grantley Chairperson’s Report 1998–1999

The future of MEP is not clear under impending NDIS changed funding arrangements.

We are pleased to report that a framework and model for MEP has been operating and has involved 11 people with seven people establishing their own active and successful micro enterprise. We continue to seek ongoing sustainable funding for MEP and are pleased that DCSI and JF McLeod are possibly to fund another two years at the same level to extend the trial. We are thrilled that the Wyatt Trust has also joined as a funding partner for the next two years.

While MEP is endeavouring to establish itself in the ‘market place’ as an option for people with individualised support funding, we are also keen to ensure that as a ‘new’ model of service we can situate ourselves to be known as a real option for consideration. MEP does not have resources for individual paid supports to a person, rather this comes from their own funded support allocation.

Left: NDS SA 2013 Innovation Award. Above top: Joc McCann at work in her micro enterprise. Above below: Wendy Butler accepts the Innovation Award from Minister Tony Piccolo. Right top: James von Stanke receives a community grant from Brad Butler of the Fleurieu Community Foundation.



MEP is funded to offer inspiration, individual enterprise focus discovery and enterprise set up advice and support services, operating as a resource unit to provide the know how to move to a career choice of operating a small enterprise. Little start up funds are required, the amount of time each person spends working in their enterprise can be part time or full time depending upon their stamina and capacity, the enterprise focus being discovered to match with each person’s gifts, interests and passions, and using freely given expertise to assist with oversight of the individual’s enterprise. Wendy Butler, fulltime MEP consultant, and more recently Ali Harper (casual consultant since February) have done the direct work with people and their Enterprise Advisors Groups, and deserve a big thank you for their dedication, tenacity and know how to help people through the MEP framework to achieve their vision of a career in operating their own small enterprise.

The MEP Steering Committee made up of stakeholders meets by monthly and provide us with direction and guidance, and I thank you all for your time and expertise. The next two years for MEP will focus on promotion, seeking sustainable ongoing funding and securing MEP as a strengthened and respected model, while also continuing to assist as many people as possible to set up and operate their own enterprise, offering a high standard of product or service to their communities. Jayne Barrett Project Manager

Some of the Enterprises being assisted by CLP’s Mirco Enterprise Project

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Treasurer’s Report Community Living Project has had yet another year of growth, invested in the Trust and built an office and all within budget. What a year! With a reported surplus of $22,618, CLP has maintained an increase of service delivery as demonstrated by the increase in funding across all areas of service delivery except for Specific Funding as seen via the table opposite. Interest received is down given the investment into the development of Saltash Avenue and otherwise, income is comparable to the increase in services and normal annual CPI Increases.

“The CLP has not deviated from its Mission Statement to provide a quality service and support to people in achieving a purposeful and valued community life. An impressive aspect of the Project is its proactivity. It makes every effort to respond immediately to needs and to provide support from a position of strength.” John Grantley Chairperson’s Report 1994–1995

Funding Comparison 2014 to 2013 Program










Self Managed











Over 100%

Specific DCSI

Expenditure is comparable to the previous year other than an increase in wages of 9% which is consistent with our growth in service delivery.

We are able to service ongoing commitments and are now in a position to build an underpinning wealth for years to come.

The 2014 year has seen a provision of $15,000 for ‘making good’ the current office space in preparation for moving to the new office (September 2014).

It is anticipated that depreciation expenses will increase next year with the new office, however, it is anticipated that the budget will see relief from the building’s ‘Green Energy’ design and power savings as part of standard operations.

During the year, the block of land at Saltash was transferred across to the Trust so as to build the new office which has increased in value from $140,000 to $192,000. This increases the value of the office complex and enables the Trust to build wealth for CLP for years to come. The accounts now identify borrowings (a loan) of $499,358 which have been equal to the progress payments made to develop the office to June 2014. The full amount allocated to the building is $650,000 and we are all pleased (and proud) to say we have built the office within the allocated budget.

It is with great satisfaction that we can contribute to the long term future of CLP and sincerely thank all of the members for their support with the Development Trust and every Board Member for their enthusiasm throughout the year. I would like to thank Paul Barnes for his contribution as Treasurer during the year and certainly the tireless efforts of Prue and all the staff. Their commitment should be recognised as CLP has always, and will continue to, rely on the dedication and support of all. Thank you to everyone. Regards

CLP as an organisation is again in a stable and positive financial position and managing cash flows well. Darrin Hepworth Acting Treasurer



Financial Statements Extract Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Comprehensive Income for the Year Ended 30 June 2014

2014 $ 3,619,202 (3,220,498) (15,149) (360,936) 22,618 Nil 22,618 0 22,618 0 $22,618

2013 $ 3,320,062 (2,942,772) (14,079) (315,448) 47,763 Nil 47,763 0 47,763 0 $47,763

2014 409,314 134,331 482,437 14,196 1,040,278

2013 434,899 187,919 250,000 12,296 885,114

798,378 798,378

216,355 216,355



Current Liabilities Trade and other payables Provisions Total Current Liabilities

499,258 74,640 573,897

378,848 40,064 418,912

Non-Current Liabilities Borrowings Provisions Total Non-Current Liabilities

499,258 74,640 573,897

0 44,590 44,590

Total Liabilities



Net Assets



592,724 119,872 712,596 0

570,096 67,872 637,968 0



Revenue from ordinary activities Employee benefit expense Depreciation expense Other expenses (Deficit)/Surplus before income tax expense Income tax expense Net (Deficit)/Surplus after income tax expense Other Comprehensive Income Total comprehensive income for the year Surplus attributable to non-controlling interests Surplus attributable to members of the parent entity Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2014* Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents Trade and other receivables Financial assets Other Total Current Assets Non-Current Assets Plant and equipment Total Non-Current Assets Total Assets

Equity Retained profits Reserves Parent interest Non-controlling interests Total Equity *Extracted from the Annual Statutory Financial Reports

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Statement by Members of the Committee



Auditor’s Report

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Our sincere thanks to… Board of Management Kerrie Ashcroft Paul Barnes (Treasurer) November 2013–May 2014 Alicia Brown Caroline Ellison (Chairperson) Prue Gorman (Secretary) Darrin Hepworth (Acting Treasurer) June 2014–October 2014 Anna Hughes John Lodge Brenda Oakey (Vice Chair) Pierre Rosenberg

Finance Sub-Committee Paul Barnes November 2013–May 2014 Alicia Brown Prue Gorman Darrin Hepworth June 2014–October 2014 Fred Thomas (Finance Officer)

Circles Initiative Sub-Committee Drew Ames Jayne Barrett Vasilka Cronin Prue Gorman Mel Jackman Joan Jones Nicholas Linke Katrina Morgan Brenda Oakey Jed Richards (Chair) Pierre Rosenberg Jannah Thompson


Micro Enterprise Project Sub-Committee Kerrie Ashcroft Jayne Barrett Wendy Butler Andrew Coidan Alicia Fidock Liz Gazard Prue Gorman Leeanne Head Cathie Webb Robbi Williams

Circles@School Sub-Committee Jayne Barrett Jackie Beard John Brayley Briony Carman Audra Cooper Dave Edwards Prue Gorman Stephanie Grant Leanne Longfellow Nicole McKenna Amanda Murphy Sam Paior Robbi Williams Meryl Zweck

Left: Previous Board member, Joan Jones at ‘Breaking New Ground’, 2013. Back cover: ‘Breaking New Ground’, 2013.


And many thanks to all our staff members who so willingly share with us their experience, insight, energy and commitment.

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