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Upskilling and fulfilling Tassie disability staff
Li-Ve Tasmania is all about supporting people living with disability, statewide – no matter which service provider they choose.
Posted January 15, 2018
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‘A key factor allowing people living with disability to live their best possible lives is making sure their support staff are both skilled and fulfilled,’ says Li-Ve Tasmania CEO, Paul Byrne. ‘The Li-Ve Fuller grant is boosting skills and feeding passions, one worker at a time, across the Tasmanian disability sector.’
‘Research shows that people living with disability have more opportunities and better life experiences if support staff share their interests and skills, and are willing to try new activities, explore their community and seek adventure,’ says Paul. ‘At Li-Ve Tasmania, we’re leveraging this principle via the Li-Ve Fuller grant.’
Eleven workers have received grants totaling over $5,000. in the first year funding. Projects have ranged from an edible garden to a bonsai course, and from Auslan classes to guitar lessons.
Rodrigo Diaz-Icasuriaga has made films with a group of people living with disability for over 10 years. He received funding for a camera drone.
‘Our group has wanted work with a drone for years but we’ve never been able to afford one,’ says Rodrigo. ‘The Live-Fuller funding is turning our dream into reality. It means I can teach group members new skills and, with the drone in our hands, we can take our films to the next level and access mainstream festivals, such as Tropfest. The guys are really excited about the possibilities now open to them.’
‘If anyone working in disability in Tassie has a passion they’d like to share with the people they support, I urge them to check out Li-Ve Fuller and submit an application,’ says Rodrigo. ‘You can apply for up to $2,000.’
What are you waiting for? Get more information or apply.
The Li-Ve Fuller grant is offered by Jenny Fuller and Pam Bretz in loving memory of their sister, Margie Fuller.