OUR STORY


“Having been bullied for having a disability throughout my childhood, I am a firm believer in social justice. I feel that the needs, rights, and basic human dignity of every person should never be overlooked.

Individuals with a disability should never be treated as less but provided with the opportunity to participate in the community as any other person. Supports are necessary to ensure the dignity and respect of an individual. Everyone has the right to choose what they want from life, and making those choices is empowering and essential to human growth.

Living Communities exists to assist people who sometimes have their voices lost in crowded spaces. This is especially true for those who identify as LGBTQIA++.

We are here to empower our clients, providing them with ways and means to improve their quality of life.

Ben Bullivant, Founder of Living Communities

OUR MISSION AND VISION


At Living Communities, we promote the individual rights, freedom and expression of our diverse community by promoting opportunities for meaningful participation in the community. We do this by building a ‘living community’ – a breathing, growing, and adaptable network of support – to ensure individuals who access our services reach their goals.

Our primary objective is to provide disability support services to members of diverse communities, in particular the LGBTQI+ communities, who identify as having a disability and/or require support services. We aim to provide a range of services in the areas of core supports, psychosocial recovery coaching, capacity building, and support coordination.

Our vision is to promote the growth and development of the daily lives of our people, by building living communities. We do this by making our clients the centre of everything we do.

OUR OBJECTIVES


To achieve our mission and vision, Living Communities base our objectives on the six National Standards that apply to Disability Support providers. 

Rights – Living Communities promotes individual rights to freedom of expression, self-determination and decision-making. We actively prevent abuse, harm, neglect, and violence. 

Participation and inclusion – Living Communities works with individuals and families, friends, and carers to promote opportunities for meaningful participation and active inclusion in society. 

Individual Outcomes – Living Communities services and supports are assessed, planned, delivered, and reviewed to build on individual strengths and enable individuals to reach their goals. 

Feedback and Complaints – Living Communities seeks regular feedback which is used to inform individual and organisation-wide service reviews and improvements. 

Service Access – Living Communities manages access, commencement and leaving a service in a transparent, fair, equal, and responsive way. 

Service Management – Living Communities has effective and accountable service management and leadership to maximise outcomes for all participants.