Community Living Options was established in Victor Harbor in 1982 by a group of local parents who wanted respite and accommodation for their adult children. They didn’t want their children to be forced to move far away, or into an institution. They wanted their children to have the opportunity to thrive and live in their local community, hence, Community Living Options was born.
Since 1982 CLO has seen exponential growth because our clients love our services. And because we’ve seen so many happy clients, we have expanded and now provide services for many people spread throughout Metro Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and even across on Kangaroo Island!How CLO can support you
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Integrity and Honesty
We expect everyone to be trustworthy, reliable and honest.
Individuality and Independence
Every person is different, we value the things that make each person unique. Everyone should then be supported to be the unique person they are and achieve as much independence as possible at home, at work and in the community.
Safety and Security
Everyone has the right to feel safe and live free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Dignity and Respect
We all have the right to be valued and respected within society and act in ways that develop self respect and respect for others, acknowledging privacy, choice and control over one’s life.
Rights and inclusion
Every person has the right to realise their potential in all aspects of their life and to participate and contribute to society.
People and relationships
We acknowledge the strength of families, friends and partners in creating an enriched enjoyable life. We believe in providing great staff and great services to enable a great life for everyone. We believe in creating the best people by supporting value centred leadership practice.
Innovation and Quality
We believe in new ideas, flexibility, dependability and continuous improvement. We enjoy being creative and dynamic to provide a great service and support a great life for everyone.
Valuing customer experience and a passion for service
Putting our customers at the centre of everything we do and ensuring we deliver value to support people to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Mel has a Psychology degree with Honours and has since gained a Masters of Business Administration. Mel has extensive experience in the disability sector, starting as a support worker 30 years ago. Her experience supporting people has been varied, including those with complex needs, psychosocial disability, those involved in the criminal justice system, personality disorders and significant mental health disorders. Mel has worked as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner and specialist for most of her career and is now registered with the Quality and Safeguards Commission as a PBS practitioner. Mel has extensive experience in transformational change and organisational development and learning. Mel commenced at CLO in 1999; working in management and leadership roles and before being appointed as the CEO in January 2018.
Alan is a practicing Solicitor in Strathalbyn and Fleurieu and has been on the Board since 1998. In his time on the board, Alan has seen many changes from the small organisation that started CLO to the huge increase in clients and staff that have occurred over some 20 years. Alan is a member of the Governance Subcommittee.
Having started out as a teacher in Switzerland, Chris gained his MBA at Adelaide University in 2006. Now working as a Business Manager, Chris brings with him a great deal of experience in the aged care field. Chris has undertaken the Governor’s Leadership Foundation programme at the Leaders Institute of South Australia. Chris has been on the Board since April 2011; one of our longest serving members. Chris is Chair of the Governance Subcommittee and a member of the Governance Subcommittee.
Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Science (Surveying) from the University of South Australia. With his background in executive and project management, Mike brings a wealth of experience in strategy and risk with in-depth experience in business drivers and business improvement. Mike is a member of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee.
Joining the Board in October 2018, Bernadette has a degree in Science (with Honours) and an MBA. Bernadette has more than 15 years of strategic marketing, strategic planning, risk management and business improvement experience in environments undergoing transformational changed. Bernadette serves on the Governance Subcommittee.
Doug joined the Board in March 2018 with a background in Human Resources, workforce management and Disability Services. He started his career with 20 years’ service with the Australian Army. Doug has a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Doug has undertaken and is a graduate of Governance Leadership courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and the Governor’s Leadership Foundation programme (GLF) at the Leaders Institute of South Australia. Doug is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee.
Kathy comes to the Board with a background in finance, having worked in the education sector as an Accountant and Finance Manager for many years with demonstrated outcomes for financial planning, business proficiency and business administration. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Accounting and is currently completing her MBA with an accounting specialisation. Kathy joined our Board in May 2018, and Chair of our Finance Audit and Risk Sub-Committee.
My name is Andrew, I am 28 years old and I have been supported by Community Living Options since I was 18 years old, I really like CLO.
I’m a very happy person, a very positive person (most of the time anyways!). I’m a gentle giant, just a lovely person to be around, all that kind of stuff. I love my support workers, I love being with CLO, they’ve been good to me.
My life has changed a lot since being supported by CLO, I’ve got a lot more freedom and I’m not so angry anymore – when I was first with CLO I was a very angry, bitter person. I’m not like that anymore, I’ve changed a lot, I’ve grown up! I love life, I enjoy life, I’ve got a lot more freedom and I’m a lot happier.
Hello, my name is Jamie and I am 31 years old. I have been supported by CLO for 7 years. I have a brain injury that was caused by a motor vehicle accident which occurred back in 2008.
I was in Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre for almost 3 years. When I was in the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) before going to Hampstead they said I would never walk again. I was motivated to prove them all wrong – I knew I could walk again.
From here I moved out into a supported living accommodation where I sustained a second brain injury from a fall. I went back to Hampstead for another year and had to learn to do everything again.
This is when I moved into my new home and started supports with CLO. This is also where I felt myself starting to live again. I enjoyed having my own space in my house and being able to express myself. I have a fantastic team of support workers. They have helped me achieve many of my goals.
When I first moved into the house the back yard was just dirt. It is now a beautiful garden and I enjoy being outside. Before my accident I was working as a chef apprentice. I still love cooking although I do struggle with some things in the kitchen. This is where I have great support and my staff help me to cook and be as creative as I can be. I LOVE FOOD.
I like to open my horizons to new things every day and want to meet new friends. I have started going to a group called “Just for me” I have met a few people and enjoy going each week. With the support that I am currently getting from CLO I am able to have a great life.
Adrian was introduced to CLO in 2016 through the Exceptional Needs Unit and found supported accommodation to give him the opportunity to find himself and rebuild his life, Adrian had experienced long term addiction and spent the previous 30 years living between institutions, being homeless and sleeping on the streets. He set some short and long term goals with intent for independent living.
Adrian moved into his accommodation and engaged in activities within the community, this helped Adrian to keep busy and also learnt new skills. He was able to learn gardening and cooking skills which enabled him to feel more independent, leading to his long term goal.
Adrian has now reached three years sobriety and practices his 12 steps and meditation daily to maintain this. In early 2019, he has been released from the Public Trustee and now manages his finances independently.
Adrian has become the treasurer at AA meetings and is sponsoring a new member to assist with their sobriety, Adrian takes great pride in this and enjoys helping his fellow community members. He is now closer to achieving his goal of becoming a peer support worker in the drug and alcohol field.
With supports, Adrian has been able to become independent in the community and maintain his sobriety, he has shown great strength and resilience to achieve what he has today. Adrian has stated that he is starting to feel like he is living a much more active, productive, rewarding and overall better way of life.