When I lost my place at a community centre, I had the support to advocate for myself until political intervention made change happen. Without encouragement from my WA Blue Sky team, I wouldn’t have ‘made a fuss’ – having the confidence and help to feel empowered is the key to make people effect positive changes despite their disability.
I don't go the 'extra mile' in the things I do, to seek acknowledgement. I get a sense of fulfilment, walking away with a feeling of accomplishment, in being able to support to the best of my ability.
Being a mother & carer of my son, I can empathise with our service users & their family members, even though all our journeys are different, the care & respect we have for one another, can only make all our lives better
Back in early 90’s several families decided to create a small organisation to provide a better outcome for our family members with disability, where we are not be a number in a long waiting list or a big company.
Our meeting was held on a beautiful sunny day, and one of us looked skywards saying let’s call it Blue Sky and hence the name we have today.
It was not an easy task to start this Organisation from scratch. Our first service was the development of three individual housing units, in which all involved were included in the design - these became a showpiece for disability services in Perth.
What started as a dream for a small number of parents has gone on to become the organisation we know today, welcoming many new members and service users, and offering different service types and locations.
Laurie and Des Corboy
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