CLA shares its success stories below

Connecting Communities Expo

CLA attended Connecting Communities Expo on Tuesday 19 June at Beryl Grant Community Centre.

Carers WA, in partnership with Down Syndrome WA and WA’s Individualised Services hosted the free Expo in Albany.  Around 100 community members attended to learn about the NDIS and to speak with a range of local providers about the types of services available in the area.

Community members also had the opportunity to meet with the NDIA (the Agency running the NDIS).  Information sessions were held throughout the day covering different aspects of the NDIS, as well as one-on-one information sessions.

CLA welcomed many people to its stall where information was provided about the services provided by our organisation.

Community Network Coach Rob Golledge and Relief Coordinator Amanda Dawson enjoy the day with CLA client Brendon Kay.

Photo of CLA staff and Customers at the Connecting Communities Expo on Tuesday 19 June at Beryl Grant Community Centre.

Rob Wins Top WA Disability Award

CLA was recognised for its outstanding staff at the recent WA Disability Support Awards which recognise people who provide the highest standard of support to increase the quality of life of people with disability.

CLA’s Rob Golledge won the Excellence in Regional Support Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in helping the people that CLA supports to connect to their community.  As part of his role as Community Network Coach, Rob coordinates a range of social, educational, sporting and artistic activities to enhance the life skills of the people CLA supports.

“Rob has risen to the challenge of finding a variety of cost effective, sustainable ways to help individuals engage with their community and increase their independent living skills.” said Lisa Archibald, CLA’s Community Manager.  “Active recreation for people with disabilities increases wellbeing and alleviates loneliness and boredom in the people who attend the activities Rob coordinates”.

Hosted by National Disability Services (NDS) WA at the Crown Perth on Saturday 28 April, more than 750 people came together to recognise people in the disability sector providing supports of the highest standards in WA.

The Awards celebrated the achievements of people who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and commitment to supporting people with disability. They recognise those who go beyond ordinary standards of service and have a profound impact on the lives of the people they work with and support.

Other CLA support workers nominated for awards included:

Photo of Support Worker, Clinton O’Brien

Clinton – Excellence in Supporting Social Inclusion

Photo of Support Worker, Fiona Jeffrey

Fiona – Excellence in Home and Family Support

Photo of Support worker Delma Witham who supports one of our Autism Customers Katy* (* in the interest of privacy, the subject's name has been changed)

Delma – Excellence in Home and Family Support

Photo of Support Worker Kelly Hewitt

Kelly – Excellence in Home and Family Support

Photo of Support Worker, Peter Green

Peter – Excellence in Home and Family Support

Photo of Support Worker, Matt Pouwelsen

Mathijs– Excellence in Home and Family Support

Email Rob at  to find out more about LifeSkills, CLA’s range of educational and social activities for people with disabilities in the Lower Great Southern region.

Changing Places in Albany

After six years of planning and four years since lodging the grant application, we will have a Changing Places facility in Albany, due to open at the end of July.  The facility is located just behind The View restaurant at the Entertainment Centre, at the exit point of the overhead footbridge linking to Stirling Terrace.

Changing Places are secure, clean facilities for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community.

The facility will be locked using a Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) system. This system keeps the Changing Places network secure, safe and reserved for people who need them, whilst allowing people with disability 24/7 access.

Everyone with a companion card will be receiving a letter inviting them to apply for a MLAK key. Temporary keys are also available (in the case of a lost key or visitor) at the City of Albany Visitor Centre or North Road office for a $20 bond. CLA will have its own key which we can lend out temporarily if required.

Equipment will have instructions and people are asked to supply their own towels, slings and cleansing products and wipes. The facility does offer disposable table covers and bins for any waste as well as soap on tap.

Contact CLA’s Community Manager Lisa Archibald to find out more about LifeSkills – CLA’s educational and social activities for people with disabilities.

Photo of our Community Manager Lisa Archibald

Our friendly, well qualified staff are always happy to answer your questions.

Phone: 08 9842 3855