Disability and community services join forces for the future

Endeavour Foundation has welcomed two new disability and aged care service providers, amalgamating with organisations from Rockhampton and the Whitsundays.

The merger with the two organisations from Community Solutions Group, will secure ongoing employment opportunities, sustain services for people with a disability, and prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Barbagallo said it made good sense for the respected charity, with locations across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, to amalgamate with leading disability and community service providers Capricornia Respite Care Association (CRCA) and Compass Whitsundays – based in Rockhampton and Cannonvale respectively.

“Endeavour Foundation, Capricornia Respite Care Association and Compass Whitsundays share an unwavering commitment to delivering person-centred support for people with a disability, and/or the aged. This decision will help us to continue these services in the changing times ahead,” Mr Barbagallo said.

“As one organisation working together, we will be better placed to ensure people with a disability, their families and the elderly have access to the services, supports and choices they require.

“Capricornia Respite Care Association and Compass Whitsundays were a part of the Community Solutions Group. Endeavour Foundation and Community Solutions continue to work closely together with a view to amalgamate later this year.

“This amalgamation will allow us to create new opportunities for growth, innovation and diversification as one organisation under the banner of Endeavour Foundation.

“We share a belief that people with a disability are entitled to choice, control and independence in everyday life and we look forward to seeing this become a reality under the NDIS.”

Community Solutions Group Managing Director David Curd echoed Mr Barbagallo’s thoughts.

“Community Solutions has always focused on enriching people’s lives through a person-centred approach,” Mr Curd said.

“The transition ofCapricornia Respire Care Association and Compass Whitsundays, as well as the impending amalgamation between Community Solutions and Endeavour Foundation, provide us with a greater opportunity to support our communities through diversified services that best meet the needs of the people we support.”

Mr Barbagallo said under Endeavour Foundation, CRCA and Compass Whitsundays will continue to provide the same services.

About Capricornia Respite Care Association:

Rockhampton-based disability support provider Capricornia Respite Care Association – known as CRCA
– was established in 1990. CRCA provides services for people with a disability, their families and carers in
the Central Queensland area, including accommodation support, family support, adult lifestyle packages,
post-school services, in-home and community support, and respite.

About Compass Whitsundays:

Established in 1994, Compass Whitsundays provides home and aged care, respite and disability support in the North Queensland area, delivered both within the community and from a base in Cannonvale.

About Endeavour Foundation:

Endeavour Foundation was founded in 1951 by a group of parents who refused to accept that their children with an intellectual disability couldn’t be educated. Forming a makeshift school on a suburban
verandah in Brisbane, these courageous people advocated for change and laid the foundations for one of the largest non-government disability services providers in Australia. Today this diverse community organisation provides accommodation, community access, respite, education, employment, skills development and recreation for people with a disability from 230 locations throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.

About Community Solutions:

Community Solutions is a unique, not-for-profit community service organisation that brings together the resources of communities, business, government and individuals to target issues of concern and opportunity in regional communities. Currently, Community Solutions delivers a range of Employment, Apprenticeship and Traineeship, Youth, Care and Health and Wellbeing Services from 19 dedicated service sites throughout regional Queensland. Together with Community Assets Australia and the Community Capital Foundation, Community Solutions specialises in the provision of innovative services and essential community assets to individuals and regional communities which are disadvantaged and require benevolent relief. For more information, visit communitysolutions.org.au.

Contact: Kirsten Roos, Acting Media & Communications Manager, Endeavour Foundation

Ph (07) 3908 7138, or email corpcom@endeavour.com.au