Another name change
From this point on Spiral flourished, taking on Government funding, hiring professional staff and establishing houses wherein adults with severe disabilities could live independently fulltime within the general community with skilled, rostered support. In 1987, Commonwealth funding through HACC was made available for the purchase of Spiral’s first bus, with the first car following in 1989. As the years passed SPIRAL acquired further specially fitted buses and a fleet of cars to enable it to provide day outings and transport to community activities for the scores of adults with severe disabilities scattered around the region. In 1993 Spiral again underwent a name change becoming the organisation Supporting People In Respite And lifestyles.
Grand Re-Opening of Spiral in 2010
Spiral re-opened their newly purpose built centre in Nambour on 7 January 2010 and although there have been adjustments over the years, this space has always been functional and encompassed the ideals Spiral has projected. This space has a commercial kitchen, Sensory Room, hub, veranda and small kitchen.
Spiral 25 and beyond
In May 2006 Spiral celebrated its 25th anniversary in the Hall where it first began, the Nambour Baptist Church Hall. As many members of the original Committee as could be located were present as were families of existing and past clients, and the clients now using the service. The SPIRAL journey was recounted together with pictorial remembrances of the more recent past.
Since 2006 Spiral has continued to develop its programme base focussing on Community access and the provision of meaningful activities for the clients. Funding was obtained through a grant from HACC which was to be used to improve the building, commensurate with the respite house at the rear of the property ceasing to operate and moving to a purpose built facility at Yandina. Architectural drawings were done and costings obtained for a complete makeover of the Spiral building. Over a period of 4 years, in-depth discussions were held with Government regarding the provision of new premises for Spiral. It was agreed that the building could continue to be used by Spiral and once this approval was obtained applications for funding were made. Fortunately, the large grant of funds made by HACC was able to be rolled over and as soon as financial approval was granted for the balance work was able to commence on the new Centre. This occurred in early 2009.
Alternative office premises were found in Maroochydore for the Spiral administrative staff, but the programme base was required to move and alternative venues were found to operate from. This meant that the Spiral programme became very community based operating out of 3 venues depending on where clients lived. For those in the north of the Coast the programme was centred around Noosa; for central clients Maroochydore was the base, and in the south, Caloundra became the temporary home. Adjustments were made to programmes and staff routines were significantly altered. But it was all worthwhile, when after the Christmas break 2009-2010, on 6 January 2010, the new Spiral building at Image Flat Road was officially opened by the Minister for Disability Services, Annastacia Palaszcuk. On the following Monday, staff and clients commenced the 2010 programme year in the new purpose -designed Centre, featuring a commercial kitchen with special access considerations, a dedicated arts and craft room, general purpose space for indoor activities, an edible garden, an expansive deck and office space so that all the functions of Spiral are closely interlocked and co-located allowing for an easy transition from the activity programme and the activities of administration.
The Spiral journey has involved a large number of people over the past 30 years. Volunteers at Committee level, volunteer support workers and trainers in the early days, staff in support worker roles, administrative staff, in-house residential support staff, training staff, community organisations, fund-raisers within the organisation and outside in various Service Clubs within the community, parents who provided transport for the clients in the early years, Government officials both at State and Federal level. No matter what role they have played in support of the organisation they have made a difference, and have brought Spiral to be the organisation it is now. The dreams of those dedicated people 30 years ago have been realised, and Spiral is now poised to continue to play its part into the future for those families who have adult children with disabilities living on the Sunshine Coast.
Special thanks must go to Joan van der Vliet , Pam Trevor and Paul Outtrim for their assistance in compiling the Spiral History up until this point.
Launch of Spiral’s Website and New logo in 2011
After a number of years with the same logo, Spiral was fortunate enough to secure some design students who were studying at University of the Sunshine Coast and they designed a new website for us as well as a new logo and corporate documents. This is the logo that we have now and the transition from old to new is Spirals continuous improvement and adapting with the times.
Spiral’s 30th Anniversary 17 December 2011
On the 17 December we had over a hundred people come and share in Spirals success of operation for 30 years.
NDIS rally on 30 April 2012 in Brisbane
30 April saw 17 Spiral members rallying in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) co-ordinated by the Every Australian Counts campaign office. It was a great turn out that received a lot of press coverage including a Spiral members radio interview and our pictures on their website. Money and politics have also gotten a lot of airplay, especially for Queensland, but there is still a lot of optimism that the accelerated timeframe for launch sites will be achieved and the program continue to grow. Now the chant is “Make it Work”. The Productivity Commission’s report suggests there are 800,000 people in Australia who could benefit from an NDIS, but only 100,000+ are registered on the Every Australian Counts website – so if you haven’t already joined the cause, please consider doing so and asking friends and families to join as well.
Spiral is a member of the National Disability Service (NDS) as the peak body for disability service providers across Australia. NDS provide regular updates on issues impacting on the sector and the NDIS (the funding proposals) is certainly getting a lot of airspace.
Since 2012, a lot has happened in the NDIS space and 2019 is the year the NDIS will roll out on the Sunshine Coast.
National Youth Disability Conference 24 – 25 September 2012 in Melbourne
In September 2012 Simon attended the National Youth Disability Conference in Melbourne which at the time was the only youth advocacy group in Australia and Simon attended a number of workshops and discussions on Wellbeing, employment, rights and advocacy for young adults with disabilities.
Loud and Clear established in 2015
What a year it has been.
One year on and the members of the self advocacy team are growing in confidence and self belief in themselves.
They have been learning the skills to be effective communicators and self advocates.
Showing these new found skills is very exuberant at times, but this just makes people smile and want what the members have, a love of life.
They are up for any challenge and each step out of their comfort zones to try new experiences, sometimes with a hefty nudge from each other. They are fearless.
It has been a fun ride with many new opportunities along the way to attend advocacy conferences, events on the coast and conducting workshops that help others to be heard.
For me to see the team working together, discussing issues, laughing together, arguing at times, putting their points across and being so proud of Loud and Clear is what self advocacy is all about, what life is about.
They are truthful and real and all bring their own unique talents and strengths to their Loud and Clear.
They have shown people just who they are and what they want to achieve in their own lives and they will get stronger and become the people they strive to be in a very noisy, fun filled and unique way. The way it should be. Perfect.
by Kathy Walker
Old Ambulance Station
In January 2016, Spiral became the resident company in the Black Box Theatre for four days a week and this collaboration with the Old Ambulance Station is growing more and more as the year progresses. Spiral looks forward to the further collaborations and relationships that we have with the residents in the Old Ambulance Station.
Makeway Lab Collaboration in 2016
The Makeway Lab has been designed and developed on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Recently the Makeway Lab was awarded Queensland Government funding to develop an art and health program and trial and research the activities to gauge their benefit and opportunities for expansion.
In April 2016, the trial commenced with Spiral Nambour. Spiral’s programs aim to help people build capacity, link into their communities, access leisure and recreational interests, learning and vocational opportunities to become valued members of their communities.
The Makeway Lab Residency aimed to enhance Spiral’s programs and include both creative and design for health applications and culminated in a showcase exhibition as part of the Horizon Arts Festival including a sensory space featuring the participants work.
Fundraising and Community Events 2016
This year Spiral has participated in a number of fundraising and community events such as two of Bunnings BBQ’s at the new Maroochydore location, Sunshine Coast Concert Band in Caloundra and our Dance in February at Nambour. Other Community events such as Nambour Together, Fair Day Out, Bunnings Planting Day and of course the month long exhibition and workshops at the Old Ambulance Station that contributed to The Horizon Festival and Disability Action Week were huge successes for us this year.
2017 and Beyond
Spiral has enjoyed the full year that has been 2016 and like everything else Spiral continues to grow and our workshops are evolving every year and getting better and better.
Spiral looks forward to all the years ahead and all the continuation of building relationships and collaborations within our Sunshine Coast community.
35th Anniversary Booklet
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our history. Please download the 35th Anniversary History Booklet (PDF 1MB) if you would like a copy of our history.
Please contact Spiral if you are unable to download the History Booklet.