Community Connection is a not-for-profit company and was established in Townsville in 1992.
Daisy Kellie, Sharon Yoxall and Ann Greer, realised the need for specialised, individualised and custom designed support for people and their families with disabilities living in the Townsville community.
The trio identified that there were no services available, that met the criteria and offered opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to participate in their community and have a good life. Sharon, Ann and Daisy then set about establishing such an organisation, now known as Community Connection, which continues to offer cutting edge services and grow from strength to strength.
We provide a diverse range of support to individuals and their families throughout the Townsville region, Community Connection has developed and refined the true meaning of individualised support.
Whether an individual requires full time support, or just a little help for a few hours per week, we can assist in providing the level of support required. We listen to individuals with a disability across all communication means to maximize personal choice and control. We see parents and families as the right and proper advocates for people that are not able to speak for themselves.
Community Connection works “outside the square”.
Our organisation is built around the core belief that individuals with a disability and their families have a right to a good life – in the ordinary sense that we all understand a good life to be, with full and valued participation in community.
To make “what can be” a reality for individuals with a disability.
Community Connection provides personal support and assistance to individuals with a disability, and their families, so that all people have choice as to how they want to live within their community.
Our Values and Beliefs
- That individuals with a disability have a right to live and participate in their communities.
- That individuals with a disability and their families have a right to a good life – in the ordinary sense that we all understand it.
- That community life and relationships cannot be artificially duplicated or approximated by placing individuals with a disability in group or institutional settings.
- That people deserve a life they don’t need a break from – not a break from a life characterized by intolerable pressure.
- That individual’s with a disability deserve the support they need to maintain good standing within their relationships and not to be seen as a burden.
- That the families of individual’s with a disability deserve the support they need to maintain their health and wellbeing.
- That parents and families are the right and proper advocates for their sons and daughters who are not able to speak for themselves.
- That we listen to individuals with a disability through all communication means to maximize their own personal choice and control.
- That we advocate all responsible bodies, so that they are aware of the extent and nature of these needs.
- That support is always one-to-one, with a matched person selected by the individual with a disability and their families.