CBS Inc. Turns 20
Disability Driven Change for 20 Years
“CBS provides the support, respect and understanding I’ve needed in a role that is challenging, rewarding and an important step for me, in both my personal and work life.” – Thomas O’Connor, Community Concierge SA (CCSA).
Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. is a renowned leader in the provision of support and assistance for people with a disability or disadvantage, within open-employment, further education opportunities, recreation and the arts. CBS Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and State Government Department for Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI), which provides a wide range of services available in metropolitan Adelaide and rural/remote South Australia.
The goal has always been to support people achieve success by working to plan their futures, achieve their goals and change their lives.
CBS Inc. is celebrating the achievement of a key mile-stone birthday of 20 years, and had a celebration. Throughout these 20 years, CBS Inc. has committed to outstanding service provision through its underpinning values of integrity built on a strengths based approach, a client centred focus and a commitment to excellence. Executive and Founder of CBS Inc., Freddie Brincat OAM, said, “The key things for CBS Inc. are positive interactions and a strengths based model; following that and truly doing the job well, interacting with people well that attracts others, clients and businesses, and always looking for opportunities to bring the best people in.”
Throughout its 20 years, CBS Inc. has developed partnerships with some key stakeholders including TAFE SA, Peppertree Furniture, Flinders University, Autism SA and Eastwood Community Centre as well as existing relationships with schools. CBS Inc. is committed to developing projects which positively contribute to the lives of people with a disability including the CBS Inc. Moonlight Speakers and MCs leadership program, enabling selected consumers to advocate for people with a disability. Community Concierge SA (CCSA), is a social enterprise that involves CBS Inc. employing and training its consumers to undertake the role of concierge. This service allows staff with a disability to be first point of contact for almost 200 businesses. The CCSA’s real point of difference is that people without disabilities are coming to a person with a disability for help. Just one of many examples of CBS Inc.’s commitment to the disability community and innovation.
When asked about the inspiration for establishing CBS Inc., Freddie stated “There was a lack of any records that were kept of people with disabilities, there was a lack of photography and there was a lack of natural relationships. It was a time for change.”