Lifebridge awarded disability honour
AN AWARDS ceremony at Parliament House has recognised the hard work of a Murwillumbah support service.
Lifebridge, an organisation that helps people with a disability and their carers, won an achievement award for Excellence in Organisational Development at the New South Wales disability awards last month.
They won the award after being recognised for their work in re-structuring their organisation to be people centred.
CEO Rebecca Mussett said they were working towards making themselves a person centred community organisation.
The re-structure is to help people with a disability, and their families, to be at the centre of their decision making at all times.
Staff at the organisation are trained in person centred thinking and person centred approaches.
Ms Mussett said the award could not have come at a better time.
"It was such a testament to be nominated and great to win," she said.
"We've been working so hard to make the changes and it's nice to be recognised."
Although the organisation is still in the process of implementing the changes, Ms Mussett said she was excited for the prospect of supporting people the way they wanted.
"We're basically ripping apart the traditional service models and completely changing it," she said.
"It will be about real outcomes for real people rather than just restbite."
Ms Mussett said it was an honour to win the award and wanted to thank the peak body of the National Disability Services and the other organisations nominated.