A note from our founder…. a personal journey
One morning in August 2007 at age 38, I woke up feeling sick and called an ambulance. I ended up having a major stroke, which blew up my cerebellum – a small region in the lower part of the brain that plays an important role in fine motor control.
For the next five months I was moved around to different hospitals. Eventually I was told I would be moving to a large supported share house. Instead I was moved to a 100-bed aged care nursing home in the Yarra Valley. My family had taken my car and had complete control of my finances. It felt like I was left with nothing and I felt trapped.
In December 2008 I finally moved to a supported housing facility in Beaumaris, where I live today.
I spent the next four years frustrated and struggling with disability service providers. To me it seemed like they just took my funding and didn’t really care about me as a person. No one was stepping up. I had to do something.
Give a Care has been truly fantastic for me. It has helped me have real choice and control over the support I receive, which in turn has aided my recovery and helped me better manage my life in so many ways.
My vision for Give a Care is to give other people living with a disability the chance to share my experience of what it’s like to have real choice and control over the types of support they receive.
Over the last twelve months we have recruited enthusiastic and energetic staff who are ready to provide high-quality, respectful care and support.
We truly Give a Care, and our client’s needs come first.
Jeff regularly represents the broad views of people with a disability and is a committee member of various advisory groups and committees representing people with a disability. These include:
- Speak up Bayside – (Bayside Council Funded) Self Advocacy Group
- United Brains – Self Advocacy
- With close ties to SARU the Self Advocacy Resource Unit based at Ross house
Jeff is passionate about self-advocacy for people living with a disability and is a member of various advisory groups and committees representing people with a disability.
Jeff has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards including:
- The Victorian Disability Awards for Emerging Leader; and
- The 2017 National Disability Award.