Minister for Disability Services and Mental Health Curtis Pitt today congratulated the Endeavour Foundation on its 60th birthday at a luncheon to commemorate the anniversary.
Mr Pitt said the organisation was one of the Bligh Government’s most important long-term partners in the provision of disability services.
“Endeavour has such a lot to be proud of and a lot to celebrate as one of the real success stories in community service delivery,” Mr Pitt said.
“As an organisation, Endeavour has been a rock – a sound base for principles and services
that have supported people with a disability, their carers and their families so well.
“Successive governments in this state have provided funding to help the foundation deliver a broad range of specialist disability supports.
“Today these services include supported accommodation, respite, in-home supports, community access, and learning and life skills programs.
“In total, these services support more than 3,350 people with a disability from 230 locations in Queensland and New South Wales – with nearly half, or 1,600, of these people living here in Queensland.
“I congratulate all those involved with Endeavour and acknowledge the dedication and professionalism that has been a hallmark of their services.”
Mr Pitt said he had been fortunate to visit the foundation’s new Toowoomba learning and lifestyle centre in March and saw first-hand how the organisation did its work.
“This purpose-built facility, which the government helped fund, is making life a little easier for some 140 people with a disability in the Darling Downs region,” he said.
“Its dedicated staff help their clients to gain invaluable skills in such areas as using computers, numeracy, literacy, handling money, road safety, health, physical activity and craft.
“I made this visit soon after I took on the Disability Services portfolio and it was educational for me personally, to look at how the centre operated and speak to staff and people with a disability there.”
Mr Pitt said that by working together, government and non-government organisations were able to help make Queensland a more inclusive, engaging and welcoming place for people with a disability and carers, as well as for the community in general.
People with a disability, their families and carers can now find information on government supports and services at www.qld.gov.au/disability