Marissa is excited to be joining the Enliven Community team as a Co-Facilitator

Marissa brings eighteen years of lived experience. Over all these years, she suffered with her own personal adversity as a patient with a serious, rare, and life-threatening medical condition. Due to the challenges of living with her own disability and degenerative medical condition, she deeply understands the hardship many others go through during difficult times […]

Valid Conference 2024

Enliven Community had a stall at the “Our Voice” Expo of Valid’s ‘Having a Say Conference’ in Geelong, Victoria this month.    Our team loved taking this fantastic opportunity to meet so many people throughout the sector and talk all about the Community Cooperative Pilot Project. Our goal was to get more people thinking about the […]

The Importance of Facilitators Being Independent 

At Enliven Community we are passionate about Community Cooperative facilitation being independent. This means the facilitator is separate from the support provider and the housing provider. By being independent, facilitators focus solely on Community Cooperative members and take their feedback to providers anonymously – meaning the provider does not know which members raised a topic.   […]

Feedback from Community Cooperatives to Providers

Community Cooperatives are made up of its members – the people who share onsite disability supports. They do not however work exclusively from the shared support providers – be it the SDA provider or onsite support provider.  Community Cooperatives empower people to have increased choice and control over the supports they share. To achieve this, […]

Community Cooperative Meetings – What to Expect?

At all National Community Cooperative Pilot Project sites, we’re diving into the world of group Community Cooperative meetings, and it’s an exciting phase that many participants have eagerly anticipated. In these meetings, all individuals who share onsite supports, known as ‘Cooperative members,’ come together along with their Independent Facilitator. Community Cooperative meetings inside the Pilot […]

Exploring one-on-one sessions in our Pilot Project

Community Cooperatives are dedicated to strengthening communities and amplifying voices. Within these micro-communities, are individuals. In our National Community Cooperative Pilot Project, Independent Facilitators deliver 9 sessions. While sessions 3 – 6 are Cooperative meetings (meaning all members of the Cooperative are invited to attend), sessions 1, 2 and 9 are individual meetings between participants […]

My journey as an Independent Facilitator

Jessica’s experience working with people with disability I had my first experience working with people with disabilities when I was 13 years old. I spent 6 months doing work experience at a local school for people with special needs. This is what sparked my love and interest in this field and set me on the […]

The role of the Independent Facilitator explained

A Community Cooperative is made up of multiple individuals, with differing views, experiences, communication styles, and opinions. As such, its super important that you have an independent and impartial person there to help facilitate the meetings. We call this person the Independent Facilitator. The Independent Facilitator is important in helping keep the group fair and […]

Community Cooperative: Addressing the rights of people with a disability

Enliven Community pictures a world where people with a disability are supported to maximise their choice and control, and self-advocate for their human rights. Our work is centred around improving and upholding the right to live independently, access information, have equality of opportunity, have full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life, and the […]

National Community Cooperative Pilot Program Launching!

Enliven Community Living Options NDIS

We are so excited to begin rolling out “The Community Cooperative”, a national two-year Pilot Project! At Enliven Community, we are passionate about our work supporting the Community Cooperative Model in housing arrangements with shared supports. This Pilot Project will allow us to deliver this model to more people, learn more, and continue to improve […]