People with disability in Toowoomba have a greater opportunity to be more involved in the community thanks to a new and contemporary Learning and Lifestyle hub close to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Endeavour Foundation’s relocated service, now located in Hodgson Street, was moved from an older premises in Bridge Street in North Toowoomba, and has been renamed the Toowoomba City Learning and Lifestyle.
Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo said the new location would provide ready access to community organisations and cultural activities for 28 people with a disability in the heart of the community services and lifestyle precincts in the Toowoomba city centre.
"This means people can interact with a wide range of community members. The new hub is close to public transport, has a number of community organisations and cultural centres nearby, and offers easy access to the many beautiful public spaces that Toowoomba is known for," Mr Barbagallo said.
"The Learning and Lifestyle will focus on supporting people to engage in community-based activities, along with life skill development programs on-site. These types of activities and programs go a long way towards helping people with disability to build independence, confidence, self-esteem and interpersonal skills."
"Through the support and fundraising efforts of Endeavour Foundation’s Great Endeavour Rally, $30,000 has been donated to the Learning and Lifestyle, which will be used to purchase assistive educational technology such as interactive whiteboards and iPads. Communication technology offers some wonderful ways for people with a disability to express their own day-to-day choices more easily."
Mr Barbagallo said the Toowoomba City Learning and Lifestyle was a great example of what the future could hold for people with a disability, where greater choice, control and independence becomes a part of everyday life.
"We must improve opportunities for people with a disability to be included in all aspects of life because inclusion is the driving philosophical force behind national disability reform," he said.
Kirrily Boulton, National Media and Communications Manager
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Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing support to people with a disability in more than 4,000 placements from more than 230 locations throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.