It all started in 1994 when a family on the north side of Brisbane struggled to get much-needed support for their son, who was living with a disability.
With commitment and support from other families in the area, they rallied together and held a meeting in the garage of their home to discuss their challenges. From this meeting, Community Access Respite Services (CARS) – a local, caring and dedicated disability support service – was born.
We’ve grown and evolved in many ways since then. We now support over 170 valued clients and their families on the north side of Brisbane, and have a team of more than 100 incredible employees. We now offer a comprehensive and diverse range of services and supports, with a focus on helping our clients achieve their goals and live their best lives.
CARS is led by a professionally diverse volunteer management committee, with each member bringing a unique blend of expertise and experience in the disability sector.
We are accredited with the Institute of Healthy Communities Australia across all service delivery and program areas, and we are committed to meeting the Human Services Quality Framework Standards.
“To expand the realm of possibility for all people living with disability; promoting independence, active participation and the achievement of personal potential.”
“An inclusive community where all individuals living with disability choose a path of wellbeing and fulfilment that is uniquely theirs.”
Mel Fleming, General Manager
Mel oversees the day to day operations of CARS. She is committed to leading and inspiring our large team of staff to provide the best possible care and services to our clients. Mel strives to see our organisational values in action each day and welcomes feedback anytime to help us continually improve CARS and our services.
“The aim of the CARS support team is to contribute in a positive and meaningful way in the lives of the people we support. Their goals are our priority and at the heart of what we do at CARS”.
CARS is managed by a volunteer committee from many different areas of business and life. A number of the team have a first-hand understanding of what it means to care for a person living with disability.
Sharyn Ghidella, CARS patron
Sharyn agreed to become our patron early in 2016 and our president’s son, who is a devoted fan, was over the moon.
Sharyn wholeheartedly supports and endorses CARS and is committed to helping in any way she can with fundraising and promoting CARS in the broader community.
We work alongside you
Working together to achieve goals
Being supportive and understanding
Communicating openly and honestly
Fostering teamwork and empowering independence
We take the time to listen and understand
Understanding and championing personal goals
Building excellent relationships and listening carefully
Seeing and appreciating potential
Promoting and respecting personal choices
We celebrate diversity,
and honour personal choice
Celebrating diversity and respecting rights
Focusing on person-centred care
Taking responsibility for own and others’ safety
Understanding the consequences of our actions
We continually improve,
strive to exceed expectations
Seeking and responding to feedback
Continuously delivering best quality care
Being flexible, innovative and responsive
Promoting solution thinking