Community Living Australia Launch Event at Government House

Written on the 2 August 2016

Community Living Australia Launch Event at Government House

 

Community Living Australia (formed through the merger of two respected local disability support service providers - CLASS and Community Lifestyles) was officially launched by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia on Thursday 9 June at Government House.

The launching of the Community Living Australia brand ties into part of an overall rebranding strategy whereby as of 1 July 2016, the CLASS and Community Lifestyles brands will be dissolved and the whole organisation will be known as Community Living Australia.

The Patron of Community Living Australia, His Excellency spoke about the pride he receives from being involved with such a great organisation that supports South Australians with disability. His Excellency commemorated the contributions of both CLASS and Community Lifestyles to the South Australian community over the past 30 years respectively and thanked them for their service on behalf of all South Australians.

Bill Rowe, Chairman of Community Living Australia paid homage to the proud history of the organisation and spoke to its future as a provider of specialist disability support services. 'Community Living Australia is a genuine and caring partner who provides a voice for people living with disability, frailty and social isolation in our regional communities. It has been formed through the merger of two organisations who were steadfast in their commitment to their local communities and clients. Community Living Australia is no different and will build on these solid foundations to provide services which even better meet the needs of our clients, their families and the communities where we operate,' added Mr Rowe.

Speaking of the benefits of the merger Mr Rowe explained that; 'We are now able to offer our values-based, holistic and personalised services to more people than ever before, helping them to live the life they want to live and to achieve their own personal goals.'

Pam and Melanie Smith, a mother and client who regularly access the services offered by Community Living Australia provided testament to their experience with the new organisation; 'Success depends on a community of people working together for a common goal and that is how we feel about our relationship with Community Living Australia. Together we work with them to ensure the services we receive align with working towards meeting and achieving Melanie's needs and personal goals'. 

'With the support of Community Living Australia Melanie has pursued her passion for photography and recently hosted her own exhibition in fact, it was the second most successful exhibition ever held at the gallery!' Added Mrs Smith.

Mrs Smith stated that she couldn't speak highly enough of Community Living Australia adding, 'they have been a very positive experience in my life and more importantly in Melanie's.

'Now supporting over 500 clients and employing close to 450 staff, Community Living Australia is committed to ensuring clients and people with disability have valued roles in the community, the opportunity to accomplish their goals and the ability to realise their dreams.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia with Melanie Smith


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