Disability support provider Li-Ve Tasmania has formally united with genU, creating new opportunities for Tasmanians with disability.
To mark the occasion, genU CEO Clare Amies was presented with a handcrafted plaque by wood worker and Acquired Brain Injury prevention advocate, Alfred Archer, at the iconic Oakdale Lodge residence for people living with disability in Tasmania.
Clare Amies and Alfred Archer at Oakdale Lodge.
Li-Ve Tasmania and genU share a long history in providing high-quality, person-centred disability services within regional communities. They also share a strong purpose to empower people to live their best possible lives.
Together as genU, they will continue to support our Tasmanian communities through disability and aged care services and genU’s wide range of disability, aged care, training and employment services will provide new opportunities for Tasmanians.
“Through the combined strength of our organisations, we will be able to continue providing high-quality services and supports, as well as create pathways to benefit clients and more career opportunities for staff. The benefit of local knowledge combined with national scope, is an exciting prospect,” said Clare Amies, genU CEO.
Li-Ve Tasmania Board Chair and former Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, will transition to the genU Board to build on the strong Tasmanian voice and extend this nationally. Having held several non-executive positions in high growth technology companies and not-for-profit organisations, David will bring a wealth of experience to the genU Board.
“I’ll be working to make sure that there is continuity for people genU now supports locally and for their staff and communities. This merger is a great example of how Tasmanians can benefit from interstate growth, investment and expertise,” said David Bartlett.
“The Tasmanian part of genU now makes up almost half of the organisation’s core disability services business and genU is Tasmania’s second largest disability support provider, so we have a significant platform locally and an opportunity to contribute on the national stage.”
Darren Mathewson, Patrick Eadington, Clare Amies and David Bartlett.
During the event Clare Amies also announced the expansion of volunteer and student placement programs. genU have received funding to deliver Aged Care volunteer services in the Northern and Southern Regions of Tasmania from 1 July, 2023. Made possible through the Commonwealth Government funded Aged Care Volunteer Visiting Scheme (ACVVS), the scheme aims to improve the lives of elderly people experiencing social isolation through friendly volunteer visitations in an aged care setting or in their own home.
The funding, which also includes additional services in the Barwon and Grampians region, will enable a significant increase in services for elderly people and volunteer opportunities across Tasmania and Victoria over the next three years.
Li-Ve Tasmania actively sought a successful partnership to achieve a sustainable, long-term future for disability and aged care services across the state and sees genU as the ideal partner.
Other familiar local leaders will continue to play important roles with genU, including disability advocate and Li-Ve Tas Board member Patrick Eadington who will add his lived experience and activism to genU’s Care Governance and Client Experience Committee.
“David and Patrick’s ongoing involvement brings very significant experience and knowledge to the organisation, I am looking forward to great things to come from this partnership,” said Dr Michael Stanford, genU Board Chair.
Over 420 Tasmanian staff and 220 clients will transition to genU, who will continue to provide Tasmanian offices in the north and south to support its operations in Tasmania.
Learn more at Li-Ve Tasmania and genU unite as one