2017 COMMUNITY PARTNER - COMMUNITY LIVING & RESPITE SERVICES INC.
At Riverboats we understand the importance of supporting the Echuca Moama community and establishing an official ‘festival community partnership’ with Community Living & Respite Services Inc. (CLRS) was a natural choice for this year’s event.
It’s a partnership based on admiration for all CLRS does for people living with disability across the Echuca Moama region, and after sponsoring their annual fundraising dinner in recent years, we’re pleased to be named a major sponsor for its Opening Doors Project.
The Opening Doors Project will see the establishment of a home, and independent living units which will provide supported accommodation for people with disability.
The major goal of the project is to continue to provide a platform for individuals to become more involved in the wider community by breaking down barriers to interaction and greater independence.
CRLS’s mission is to deliver quality services and support that empowers individuals and families to live the life they choose and they do this in spades.
Community partnerships are also an integral part of the CLRS mission and allow the organisation, now in its 37th year, to provide support to 300 individuals across the Echuca Moama region and beyond.
Encompassing respect, wellbeing, flexibility and accountability, all CLRS programs and initiatives are developed to meet individual needs – as well as family and carers.
Clients are supported to learn life-long skills, in an environment that promotes purpose and individual development.
One of the finest examples of this is the community based recycling program, Recyclability. This inclusive volunteer based social enterprise, involves people of all abilities and encourages reuse and recycling.
Established in 2015, Recyclability involves weekly kerbside collections of reused goods, letterbox drops and sorting of items for the Op Shop and ‘Stuff’ sales.
Surplus items are also on-sold to local businesses and commercial recyclers, providing a hive of activity for CLRS clients as well as creating a positive impact on our environment.
More importantly, the Recyclability initiative provides a sense of purpose and value for those involved, enhancing self-esteem, increased community interaction and involvement, and all-important workplace skills.
This program could not operate without the hard work and determination of CLRS clients and staff as well as contribution and awareness from the wider community.
CLRS chief executive officer Suzanna Barry explains how “the generous support of our local and wider community enables the organisation to continue to expand services to meet community needs”.
The community partnership with Riverboats is another opportunity to spread the awareness of CLRS’s work and educate festival goers on the positive impact of programs such as Recyclability.
The CLRS Op Shop, located only a stone’s throw from the Aquatic Reserve, will open its door throughout the festival weekend for those keen for a recycled (vintage) bargain or two.
It’s another great opportunity to promote the importance of social enterprise for Suzanna and her team.
“We are thrilled to expand on our community partnership with Riverboats and look upon it as a fantastic opportunity to showcase the amazing work our clients are taking part in to improve their pathways to increased life-skills and greater independence,” she explains.
“A purchase from our Op Shop at 4 Percy Street Echuca, adjacent to the festival, will make a difference to CLRS and our clients”.