It’s a particularly exciting time for me as the Summer Foundation starts the next stage of our journey to ensure people with disability have access to the support they need to control where they live and who they live with.
Our Board has just signed off on the strategy that we expect will see the Summer Foundation achieve its purpose in 5 years. The main change to the strategy that has driven us in the past is the formal addition of “lived experience” as one of our tools.
We will support those with lived experience relevant to young people with disability in aged care to inform, co-design and evaluate our resources, tools and interventions. We are actively recruiting people with lived experience to join our team. You can read more about our new strategy here.
We have been working closely with government as part of the YPIRAC Stakeholder Reference Group. It was terrific to see the Federal Government YPIRAC Strategy released on 30 September. After 14 years of work, it is great to have a government strategy and Joint Taskforce so closely aligned to the Summer Foundation mission and be in a position of supporting government to achieve its measurable goals for 2022 and 2025.
The launch of our new version of the Housing Hub has been very well
received – visit the website to see the new features.
With COVID-19 still very much a part of our lives, particularly in Victoria, we have had to be creative in planning this year’s Annual Public Forum, which will be held on Thursday 12 November.
It will be an online event that celebrates how life changing Specialist Disability Accommodation can be. For all the details, click here.
I hope you can join us.
Di Winkler, CEO & Founder