GCCL has always been
about effecting change. 

At Gold Coast Community Lifestyles we believe in community and connection, we believe people and those who love them are best positioned to direct the supports they need to live a good life, rich in experiences and community. That is, people and families make the choices around how they live their life, and have control over how support is provided and by whom.

GCCL provides the administrative and management procedures to enable this to happen with minimal interference however upon request experienced, creative and driven professionals are on hand to resource, support and guide if requested.

We can help you to understand the NDIS and how to make the most out of your funding and achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

GCCL honours the
natural authority of families.

what makes us different

GCCL was developed by people with disabilities and their families

The primary people who developed GCCL to provide Tweed Heads and Gold Coast disability services, were all in receipt of individualised funding and in need of a service to be able to access the funds and adhere to legislative requirements of the funding. Our families knew what they needed and how they wanted support to be delivered, so rather than being locked into inflexible arrangements that they did not control, they developed Gold Coast Community Lifestyles. GCCL continues to work with families and individuals to enable them to decide how their support arrangements would best help them to meet the vision they have for their life and we now work closely with the National Disability Insurance Scheme to ensure funding meets the needs of the individuals we work alongside. We offer a wide and varied range of services, from plan management and support coordination through to providing dedicated support workers for in  home and community supports.

what makes us different

GCCL enables Self-Directed Supports

To us, self-direction simply  means that the person with a disability and their family are in control of their support arrangements. This means you decide when, where and who will deliver support. You can utilise our support staff for this and design your weekly supports or we can support you to recruit and manage your own private staff. 

We provide you with a range of tools and applications to enable this self-direction at a level that you feel comfortable with. Talk to us today about where you are on this scale and how we can assist you to get where you want to be.

what makes us different

We work to a VISION

All our service users draft a plan that details the vision they have for their life. Support arrangements are delivered to assist the individual and the family to make meaningful steps towards their goals and the lifestyle they choose to live.

what makes us different

GCCL believes inclusion and community are the cornerstones

A modern society recognises it benefits from the wide range of lived experiences people have to share. Inclusion and integration enable the collection of all of our stories which allows for a breaking down of barriers and a better understanding of eachother. But most importantly, a rich community life enhances an individuals opportunities for valued roles and relationships, critical to a meaningful life.

what makes us different

GCCL believes in creative community solutions and socially valued roles

The disability sector has undergone significant change with the rollout of the National Disability Scheme and GCCL has been well positioned to support individuals to take advantage of the benefits the scheme has put on the table but at GCCL we recognise that funds don’t necessarily equal opportunities. All our Coordinators and support staff work to a community based SRV framework that recognises that roles and connections create good lives and we work with individuals to identify what valued roles and connections are meaningful to them.

Our Team

Leisa Cooke

Executive Officer

Kirsty Schmitt

Support Coordinator

Clair Sykes

Support Coordinator

Nicole Hinchcliffe

Support Coordinator

Nicole Souness

Service Delivery Coordinator

Cat O'Driscoll

Human Resources Coordinator

Judy Adams

Finance Coordinator and Plan Manager

Jess Menyweather

Plan Manager Assistant

Sue Ellen Collas

Office Administrator

Tamara Beavin

Key Worker - Service Delivery

Christa Menyweather

Key Worker - Service Delivery

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