Jan 21

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Volunteers Needed in February

Can you help this February?

As you well know, Bunnings sausage sizzles has been a very valuable source of fund-raising for CLA for a number of CLA Sausage Sizzle at Bunningsyears now.

We are now organising the next 2 sausage sizzles and dearly love, in fact, in need of volunteers to assist, they are:

1) February 1st Mornington Bunnings, contact Yvonne Alaimo on Mob: 0417 840 980 carer@communitylifestyleaccommodation.org.au

2) February 15th Rosebud Bunnings, contact Pauline Musgrave on Mob: 0409 047 720 musgrave2@bigpond.com

The roster: 2-3 hour shifts (you choose), starting from 8am, finish 4pm.

If you could assist please respond ASAP.

Feel free to share with friends and family. Many thanks.

Jan 10

Volunteer Opportunity: CLA looking for Fundraiser Co-Ordinator

Job description: Volunteer fundraiser co-ordinator

Community Lifestyle Accommodation Ltd (CLA) is a grassroots, not for profit company, that responds to the needs of carers, and people with a disability and we are looking for an enthusiastic and driven volunteer who can assist us with organising fundraising events to fund support & advocacy to carers and address the critical lack of suitable accommodation for people with an intellectual disability.

Click here for full job description

Dec 02

We have a new Carer Information & Support Advocate

My name is Yvonne, I am CLA’s new carer information & support advocate, committed to assisting participants and their parents/carers with NDIS pre-planning, including accompanying the family to the NDIS planning meetings. I can assist with NDIS plan re-views, speak with the service sector and advocate for the family on issues impacting on their lives.

Cath is taking some time off to be with her daughter Zoe as she transitions from school into day program and study she will be missed greatly by families and CLA. Cath is assisting me settle into the position.

I am a mum to Sophie who has a disability she is 19 and happily involved in a day program on the peninsula, I also have a son Jesse who is 22 he is an apprentice plumber, my husband David has a garden maintenance business.  We have lived on the peninsula for the last 15 years with a short move to NSW but deciding to come home were disability services are more accessible.

I have a background in childcare for 20 years and in last 5 years aged care I’ve worked in home nursing care in NSW, and a local aged care facility on peninsula for the last 2 years. I have knowledge on the NDIS pre-planning process and understand the different stages in participants lives where they may need accurate information and support to achieve their goals in a NDIS world.

Please feel free to pass on my details to other Peninsula families, the more people that know about CLA’s independent free NDIS pre – planning services and how important it is to be well prepared to achieve the best outcome for our family members with a disability. The more families who you use our service will help convince the government to extend our Transition Support Program (TSP) funding.

I’m very excited about my new position and look forward to working with all our current families and our new ones that come on board.

Kind regards,

Yvonne Alaimo 

Carer Information Support Advocate
M: 0417 840 980

Dec 02

All Abilities Sailing at BYS

A personal story from a CLA Member and Volunteer about the All Abilities Sailing Program at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

We’ve moved from Melbourne to live in Rye since late 2017 and loving it. My adult son, Jamie especially shown his enthusiasm and happiness since being here. Apart from everything else, attending the Sailability Blairgowrie has definitely been a highlight for him (and me).

It was a glorious sunny Boxing day (2017) when Jamie started with Sailability. I was an anxious mother worrying about so many things as Jamie is diagnosed with autism and is non verbal. But all my anxieties were washed away once I met the wonderful Sailability team.

First we were greeted by the beaming smile of Brian, who is the founder. Brian was very warm, welcoming and informative which helped to settle my nerves.

Then we met Lindsay, who was the volunteer assigned to take Jamie out on the boat. I thought I’d better be upfront with Lindsay just so we won’t get any unwanted surprises. I was very nervous but tried to sound all cool and said to Lindsay:

“So Lindsay, just so you know Jamie is autistic and non-verbal, are you OK with that?” he appeared to be unphased and just shrugged his shoulders as if saying “ok, whatever”.

Brian and Jamie - Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian and Jamie – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian and Jamie – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht SquadronBrian, Christina and Jamie – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht SquadronBrian, Jamie and Christina – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht SquadronI added “So, just say if for some reasons, not that I think it will happen, Jamie decides to get off the boat while you’re out there, what would you do Lindsay?”, again Lindsay appeared to be totally cool about it all. And I think being cool is contagious – plus I thought what’s the worst that can happen, Jamie and I both can dog paddle, and the potential embarrassing or mortifying scene is nothing new in our lives, thanks to Jamie – so I myself ignored my anxieties and said to Lindsay “OK! am sure you know what you’re doing, have fun out there and thanks for doing this!”.

And off they went. I followed them by foot to capture the moment on camera and true to Lindsay’s words, everything went swimmingly.


At the end, Jamie got off the boat smiling.

I was rapt of course as it’s difficult to find activities within the community that Jamie could engage in and be happy with.

Fortunately, that wasn’t a one-off. Jamie has been sailing on a weekly basis since then and he always has a beaming smile every time he goes sailing (huge bonus point for anxiety-ridden mums).

I have to say, it’s not just Jamie that gets so much out of Sailiablity Blairgowrie, I do too. I’ve had some wonderful and informative conversations with Brian about what touches my heart on a daily basis: disability, and the aspiration to make it better for the people in it. I’ve also enjoyed some belly laughs with some of the volunteers. They are such amazingly dedicated people. Without them and their understanding I don’t think this program could have given us the enjoyment we experienced and hoping to experience in time to come.

Thank you Brian and The Team!

Linh Le

Brian and Jamie - Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian and Jamie – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian, Christina and Jamie - Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian, Christina and Jamie – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian, Jamie and Christina - Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Brian, Jamie and Christina – Sailability Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

If you would like to share a story please email us at events@communitylifestyleaccommodation.org.au.

If you are interested in trying sailing please contact Brian Jones on 0466 273 874 or brianjones0305@gmail.com or visit http://www.bys.asn.au/sail-training/sailability/

Click here for the Try Sailability Blairgowrie PDF flyer.

They sail each Tuesday, weather permitting, catering for groups and for some individuals who wish to come on Tuesdays. They also have opportunities at advertised weekends and in holiday periods.

Nov 27

FREE All Abilities Day next Wednesday 5 December

ALL ABILITIES DAY is happening next Wednesday 5 December from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Come and try a range of sports, dance and art activities as well as a BBQ lunch – all for FREE!

Bookings essential and will be closing very soon (the Shire has extended the deadline so make sure you don’t miss out!)

You can book online here https://allabilitiesday2018.eventbrite.com.au

#AllAbilities #MentalHealth #IntellectualDisability #MorningtonPeninsula #CLA #CommunityLifeStyleAccommodationLtd #Community

Nov 24

Every Australian deserves the choice to have a home of their own

The issue of a severe lack of appropriate housing and accommodation options for people with intellectual disability, and the consequential impact of ageing parents who continue to provide care for their sons and daughters living with an intellectual disability is escalating at an alarming rate.

Please read here an open letter to Minister Dan Tehan from Justin Nix, Director, Equitable Access Solutions who wrote this letter to the Disability Reform Council (DRC) in support of Ms Marie Hell, who represents a very large cohort of ageing parents throughout Australia with adult sons and daughters living with an intellectual disability.

He also wrote this as a professional with 28 years’ experience in the public and private housing and disability sectors. Much of his work is committed to working with this cohort of people to facilitate housing outcomes and specialising in the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) framework.

Click here for full letter (PDF – 172kb)

You need Adobe Acrobat to open this file which you can download for free here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/


Nov 07

Could this have been the best CLA party yet?!!

Report on our Carers’ Lunch 2018 – our annual event held in carers week to recognise our carers – the unsung heroes in our community – an event to relax, make friends & enjoy the entertainment.

The Morning Star Estate ballroom was buzzing with chatter and song. Chris McConechy even got the crowd marching around the room playing his washboard – what a great atmosphere!
The scrumptious 2-course meal prepared by Blue Mini Cafe was served by the lovely VCAL hospitality students from Peninsula Specialist College. This was their first experience working in hospitality outside of the College and what an outstanding job serving our meals with such great smiles 😃😃😃
The beautiful voices of Bernadette Maher and the Beleura Choir supported by Vaughan Wilson filled our hearts with song and brought out our best singing voices. Special thanks for Russell Joseph, candidate for Nepean, for his fabulous MC’ing.
Thanks to a clever raffle system set up by our patron Judy Barrett the many winners in the raffle walked home with prizes they had set their heart on. Many thanks to her and her daughter Christine for donating and decorating the gorgeous Morning Star Estate ballroom.
The icing on the cake on the day was a very generous cheque of $5,500 for our housing projects received from Paul Nitas CEO of Hillview Quarry.
All-in-all a wonderful event to remember! We would LOVE to keep organising more events to bring together our community and join our voices. Can you help at an event or know someone who could please get in touch!
Also, YOUR membership is highly appreciated to make the much needed work we are doing possible. For more information please go to www.communitylifestyleaccommodation.org.au and sign up today for only $10 p/y.
CLA wishes to thank all of its supporters including Alfred Health, Carers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mornington Peninsula News Group, Nepean Music Centre, Bakers Delight Dromana, Peninsula Hot Springs, Enchanted Adventure, Peninsula Sisters,  Rosebud Boomerang Bags and our many other raffle prize donors 💐👏
Table with raffle prizes Carers Lunch 2018 - Community Lifestyle Accommodation Bernadette Meher & Vaughan Wilson Carers Lunch 2018 - party favours Carers Lunch 2018 - celebrating our carers Russell Joseph candidate for Nepean and Department of Health & Human Services - MC Carers Lunch 2018 - Mental Health Carers Lunch 2018 - support for Intellectual Disability Chris McConechy getting guests to march around the room Chris McConechy getting guests to march around the room Outstanding raffle thanks to our generous donors Rosebud Boomerang Bags - CLA raffle supporter Kevin Turner, Judy Barrett and Marie Hell Spontaneous open mic performance at Carers Lunch 2018 Christine and Judy from Morning Star Estate - donated and decorated ball room


Oct 25

Inquiry into “market readiness for the provision of services under the NDIS”

Markets, Markets, Markets. We hear a lot about markets when it comes to the NDIS. But without attention to how markets are operating, the choice and control promised by the NDIS will become meaningless.

Please read here how The Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS were so concerned about how things were going they recently conducted a separate inquiry into “market readiness for the provision of services under the NDIS”.

Click here: http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/just-get-on-with-it/

Oct 17


Dear Members and supporters,

CLA’s chairman Kevin Turner & board extend an invitation to attend our 8th Annual General Meeting
CLA Logo


Date: 12th November 2018

Time: 10am for 10.30am – 1.30pm

Venue: Mornington Shire Office (Council Chamber) – Cnr Main & Queen St Mornington  


There are 3 board positions to fill, anyone wishing to go on the board please submit an application 21 days before the AGM to the Secretary. CLA member Pauline Musgrave has been appointed as a director to be passed at the AGM.

Our Guest Speaker is Kaya Latage CEO Communication Rights Australia

They provide Human Rights Information, Advocacy & Support Coordination

Leading Human Rights Organisation In Australia

Been in existence for over 35 years

Proactive Registered NDIS Support Coordination

Significant experience & knowledge in the disability field

Giving priority to individuals who have communication difficulties and little or no speech

Light lunch provided, please state dietary requirements when booking.
Please RSVP by the 2nd of Nov to assist with catering.
Kevin 9787 3730 or marie.hell@bigpond.com.

Kind regards,
Marie Hell
Secretary, CLA Ltd.
PO Box 66 Bittern Vic 3918

Oct 10

Family funded independent advocacy is needed now !!

We need social justice for all Australians.

Please click here for CLA’s submission ‘Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 – Discussion Paper A‘ (PDF 528kb). To view this document you need the free Adobe Reader which you can download here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/.

#WMHDAY1 #WorldMentalHeathDay #MentalHealthDay

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