Category: Resource Library

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We are delighted to be working with Sukhi Arora

We have been listed as a not-for-profit with the employment service Seek.  This allows us to list volunteering opportunity online with them.  We are incredibly fortunate to have Sukhi Arora volunteering with us.  He has considerable experience in the social enterprise, community service and business spaces.  He is currently assisting with behind the scenes work with Gary.  

The platform is now greatly benefiting from the work of a few volunteers.  We are excited by this contribution and work, which is powering our progress towards launch, which we plan to do formally in December around World Disability Day.  

If you are interested in doing some volunteer work with the platform, send us an email to [email protected]  There are currently several spaces where we are looking for volunteers, everything from experienced business people to serve as mentors for our members through to talented artists to produce cartoon images.  We would be thrilled to hear from you.

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Changing how you think about generating income

For most of us, having to retire from ‘regular work’ means that we will need to change how we think about generating income.  This is also true for people with longterm disabilities who have not been able to engage and remain employed in the Australia workforce.

In the case of ‘regular work’, most of us strive to secure a job that will pay the bills, be rewarding and is respectful/safe. Reality is that many of us will not be able to secure enough income from one source to cover all of our needs.  Instead, we need to be prepared to compile a suite of income sources to get us what we need. Hopefully, all of them should address the respect, dignity and enjoyment criteria.

Our goal is to build and grow a resource library that will assist members to identify and pursue for themselves useful and realistic for their disabilities and capacity.  With the blog and mentoring, we hope to support members to maximise the money they earn from their endeavours.

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Why we have an Advisory Board

The question has been posed to us, “Why does the platform have an Advisory Board?”  It certainly isn’t a legal requirement, so why do we have one?  The quick answer is that we get considerable value from having one.  From early on, we decided the platform must be guided by strong disability voices and draw upon research smarts and an understanding of the body of academic knowledge.

That’s why our CEO has a disability and a doctorate. It is also why our Board includes three successful business people with a direct connection to disability and why we have two world-class researchers on our Board.  One of our amazing volunteers is also an accomplished health, disability and rehabilitation researcher.  Another volunteer is a disability support worker.

Our patron, the amazing Dinesh Palipana OAM excels while living with a significant disability.

The Board has been assisting Gary with operational tasks (thanks Jo), grant applications (thank Naomi and Elizabeth) and everyone has been a fantastic source of moral support and wisdom (thanks Elizabeth, Jo, Miriam and Naomi).  For our grant applications, it deepens our expertise and track record.

We strongly recommend members use such a support system.  Paid members also have access to a mentor.

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A very sad day: Bob’s funeral

Today is an incredibly sad day, it is the funeral of our CEO’s stepdad, Bob Smith.  He has been a great friend and role model.  He was also an enthusiastic fan of this platform.  Generous, thoughtful and a true gentleman, in the best sense of the term.  Bob will be dearly missed by his wife, family and friends.  His life was a life well-lived but Bob you are gone too soon.

Bob shared Gary’s love of fantasy and science fiction.  Gary attributes his work ethic and belief in the transformative value of work in its various forms to Bob.  

Needless to say, Gary won’t be working today.  But as we have reported recently, we have been able to automate and preschedule some tasks – such as posts to the newsfeed, the Resource Library and to social media.

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Two weeks up our sleeve

Using a combination of the free scheduling facility in WordPress and the free version of SlackSocial, we have scheduled in advance, two weeks’ worth of our posts to our Newsfeed and our Resource Library.  This is a great piece of mind, it also means we are a little bit more resilient to what’s going on with Gary’s Progressive MS.  We won’t let him kid you by suggesting he has more work/life balance in his life – because he is still nuts busy.

A combination of scheduling, Apps and services can make it easier to operate and plan for your money-generating endeavour.  We already have some great tips in the Resource Library, we will be writing some blog posts and will do some webinars on this topic.  The reality is for many disabilities, we need to prepare for the worst and have some capacity to deal with spells of time when we cannot work.

The goal of the platform is for us not to be so dependent on individuals for us to move constructively forwards.  Any expressions of interest in becoming a volunteer with the platform should be sent to [email protected]

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References for our recent student interns

During the last couple of weeks, we have provided verbal references for our two recent student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  We were very happy to do so because they did such excellent work for us, both have a great work ethic and definitely ‘value-added’ in their time with us.

We wish them well for the future and thank them for the contribution they made to the platform.

Our participation in the internship program conducted by Griffith Business School was simply excellent and we recommend all Queensland social enterprises think about ways in which to engage with them.  Given our connection to Griffith University, we were thrilled to be able to offer authentic work experience to two students and benefit from their input.

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Prac listings for Trimester 2, 2022

Recently we submitted the paperwork to list the platform for Griffith Business School student intern placements at the platform.  These will be building upon the excellent work done by our student interns (Kianna Lowe and Gabrielle Wilson).  They set a high bar to match but we hope to have a couple more student interns working with us.

This time, the student interns will be working on:

(i) Policy – Updating our policies, in preparation for us submitting for NDIA registration.  Then shepherding our application through the process to obtain NDIA registration.

(ii) Marketing – Drafting blog posts, and resource items and assisting with our webinars.

We are excited by the prospect of working with two Griffith University student interns and look forward to seeing what they come up with.

For members of the platform’s Advisory Board our Griffith University staff members, so we are delighted to be able to offer a couple of students practical experiences, while we benefit from their enthusiasm and contribution.

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394 resources and free access

Including the 14 resources we have scheduled and 47 Living Well items, we have 391 items in our curated Resource Library.  These hand-picked and excellent items will help members establish and operate their money-generating endeavour.

Paid and free members can access the items in the library.  There are a few items that are limited to Silver and Gold members of the platform.  In addition to the Resource Library, free members can access our webinars, blog and newsletters.  A link to express an interest in becoming a member is below.

Australians who live with a disability, their carers or people with an established connection to disability in Australia can join the platform as Bronze (free).