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Dedicated to achieving great outcomes

We are a passionate team of professionals with lived experience of disability. We’re here to help you achieve your career and personal goals, so you can live your best life.

Stuart Timms has lived experience of C4 Quadraplegia
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Our Purpose

Let's work together to achieve your goals

Our team will help create a personalised plan that reflects your life goals. We’ll work together to discover what’s important to you, and put a plan in place that helps you live life to the fullest.
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Our Team

Our hardworking team is our greatest asset

Scott McLarty

Director

Scott started Connecting Futures to help NDIS participants achieve their goals, and has decades of experience in the disability sector.

Scott McLarty

Director

Scott started Connecting Futures to help NDIS participants achieve their goals, and has decades of experience in the disability sector.

Scott is a passionate husband and father to three beautiful kids.  Scott started Connecting Futures Australia with a focus on building the capacity for NDIS participants to achieve their life and career goals. 

His purposeful and inquisitive nature about the disability sector is driven in part by lived experience within his family. This personal experienced drives Scott’s passion to develop a truly inclusive service for NDIS participants.

Scott has over the past ten years’ developed experience in the Disability & Training sector, culminating with his involvement with the rollout of the NDIS in the Loddon region from May 2017. Scott has been responsible for running Support Coordination, School Leavers Employment Service,  RTO’s, Australian Disability Enterprise and Employment Pathways for people with a disability.

Scott’s personal and professional experience underpins his commitment to providing uncompromising services to both participants and industry participants within the disability sector. Scott holds a diploma of Business Management HR& Marketing from Latrobe University as well as Cert in TAA (Training & Assessment), Cert IV Project Management and Certificate IV in Disability from Bendigo Kangan TAFE.

Samantha McLarty

Director

Sam is a passionate Allied Health Assistant who has been actively assisting NDIS participants to build capacity in line with their goals.

Samantha McLarty

Director

Sam is a passionate Allied Health Assistant who has been actively assisting NDIS participants to build capacity in line with their goals.

Sam is a passionate and qualified Allied Health Assistant who has been actively assisting NDIS participants to build their capacity in line with their life goals. Sam’s passion is driven through family members with lived experience. 

Sam is actively working in Support Coordination and focusing on building capacity for participants and families. Sam’s experience and knowledge ensures her participants receive the very best personalised service, to assist them in achieving their life goals.

Melissa Harrington

Manager - Support Coordination & Specialist Support Coordinator

Melissa is a dedicated specialist support coordinator who has lived experience of autism and navigating the NDIS.

Melissa Harrington

Manager - Support Coordination & Specialist Support Coordinator

Melissa is a dedicated specialist support coordinator who has lived experience of autism and navigating the NDIS.

Melissa is a long-term Bendigo local, and her favourite things about her hometown are the many friendly faces and overall sense of community.

Melissa started supporting people with varying needs by facilitating aged care assessments for over 5 years. This fuelled her passion to further develop her skills, leading her to undergo studies to obtain a Diploma of Community Services and Social Welfare.

Her inspiration to become further-skilled in the disability sector came from her son, who lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a first-hand experience as a mother of an individual who requires extra support and understanding to calmly and successfully participate in their community and home environments.

Melissa has worked tirelessly within the NDIS frameworks to ensure her son and others are given the right supports they need to live their best lives. She prides herself on treating participants and their families with understanding and utmost respect, ensuring she goes above and beyond in her role as a specialised coordinator of supports.

Melissa enjoys her work/life balance by enjoying early morning walks, shopping trips to Melbourne and catching up with family and friends.

Tamara Donaldson

Specialist Support Coordinator

Tamara has a Bachelor of Social Work, and has spent years working and volunteering within the disability and training sector.

Tamara Donaldson

Specialist Support Coordinator

Tamara has a Bachelor of Social Work, and has spent years working and volunteering within the disability and training sector.

As a child Tamara attended day programs with her Grandmother and this is where the seed was planted for Tamara’s desire within the sector.  Desire grew into education, culminating in Tamara’s Bachelor of Social Work and other qualifications.

Over the last decade Tamara has worked extensively around Australia and across the global village. Tamara considers her greatest learning experience volunteering as a school counsellor in Africa. Throughout her work, and travels, Tamara has enhanced her knowledge and experience base whilst working with a variety of clients with Autism and intellectual disabilities.

Within her own life Tamara is focused and committed to pursue her own dreams, which translates into providing passion and drive to assist others in achieving their personal dreams and goals.

By using her life experience, combined with her education qualifications, she considers that her role as a support coordinator is to facilitate and enable her clients to achieve their personal goals and dreams.

Bridget Butler

Support Coordinator

Bridget has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years in the community mental health and in support coordination sectors.

Bridget Butler

Support Coordinator

Bridget has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years in the community mental health and in support coordination sectors.

Bridget has been in the industry for over 15 years working in the community mental health sector and in support coordination. She has experience in working for non-for-profit organisations and in private industries.

Bridget has a very diverse background regarding study, personal life and likes to express this individuality and has not limited herself to one area.

Her interests include sculpture, computer programming, astrology, counselling, and gardening.  

Bridget is always discovering new challenges and new ways of doing things within the disability sector..

“I believe every life is precious, unique and relevant. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by other’s world views and lose sight of our own pathways. I am into promoting self-authenticity, self-awareness, and self-authority. I am keen to support you to support your self – I get to learn more about me doing this as well – so, thankyou for being you”.

Jack Makepeace

Support Coordinator

Jack comes to Connecting Futures Australia with extensive experience in the disability sector including time as an LAC.

Jack Makepeace

Support Coordinator

Jack comes to Connecting Futures Australia with extensive experience in the disability sector including time as an LAC.

Jack comes to Connecting Futures Australia with vast disability sector experience. Jack was previously employed by NDIS Local Area Coordination(LAC) contractor Intereach for over 3 years.

At Intereach Jack worked with NDIS participants providing Local Area Coordination support and plan development as a Local Area Coordinator. Jack was privileged to have access to extensive NDIS training and development during his time at Intereach.

Prior to his employment with Intereach, Jack was employed by local service provider Scope as a disability Support Worker. He has an extensive knowledge of disability support and experience at working with a wide variety of disabilities and complex needs.

Olivia Boardman

Participant Experience Coordinator

Olivia holds a deep passion for working with families and individuals that acquire a disability.

Olivia Boardman

Participant Experience Coordinator

Olivia holds a deep passion for working with families and individuals that acquire a disability.

Though Olivia has not had much experience in Support Coordination before, she has had firsthand life experience by helping support her older brother who has Cerebral Palsy.

Olivia’s hope is to help successfully support families and individuals living with disabilities, live their best lives to their fullest potential.

Stuart Timms

Participant Experience Coordinator

Stuart has lived experience of C4 quadriplegia, and is dedicated to supporting others to achieve their life goals and aspirations.

Stuart Timms

Participant Experience Coordinator

Stuart has lived experience of C4 quadriplegia, and is dedicated to supporting others to achieve their life goals and aspirations.

Stu Timms is passionate about supporting people with a disability because he has first hand knowledge of living with a disability. Following a diving accident when he was 18 years old, Stu has C4 quadriplegia, so he has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges people with a disability face as well as the NDIS and local service system.

He has completed a Bachelor of Human Services and a Master of Social Work degree. Stu grew up in Bendigo and has been navigating life with a disability for 11 years. He enjoys music, going to gigs and festivals, travelling, and spending quality time with friends and family. He is passionate and caring and dedicated to supporting others to achieve their life goals and aspirations.

Talitha Travers

Support Coordinator

Talitha has spent years working as a Support Coordinator, specialising in complex care, behaviours of concern and autism.

Talitha Travers

Support Coordinator

Talitha has spent years working as a Support Coordinator, specialising in complex care, behaviours of concern and autism.

Talitha has been around people with disabilities for as long as she can remember, so when the opportunity arose for her to volunteer with a disability organisation it felt natural. She transitioned into being employed with the same organisation as a support worker for 3 and a half years. During this time as a support worker she worked with an array of individuals, specialising in high complex care, behaviours of concern and autism.

Talitha has a passion for building the capacity of those around her, enabling their voices to be heard and valued and supporting the power of choice and control within their services. She is a strong believer in education being the way forward in the disability community, in order to create a society that is understanding and accessible to everyone. 

Talitha is proud to work for Connecting Futures, working together as a team to get the best level of care for our participants.

Sophie Gardner

Connecting Employment Hub

Sophie has worked in the employment sector for over 8 years, and has extensive experience working in state and federally funded programs.

Sophie Gardner

Connecting Employment Hub

Sophie has worked in the employment sector for over 8 years, and has extensive experience working in state and federally funded programs.

Sophie has been in the employment sector for over 8 years. Holding extensive experience working in both state and federal funded programs including Disability Employment Services, Jobactive and Jobs Victoria Employment Network.

Sophie brings a range of expertise in assisting participants from the justice system, working with clients with medical conditions, transitioning individuals from long term unemployment into sustainable employment.

She has a passion for building people's capacities and skills sets, diversifying the workforce and focusing on peoples abilities.

Julie Gardner

Career Mentor

Julie is passionate about supporting NDIS Participants to achieve their career Goals. Julie has worked in the DES sector for a number of years.

Julie Gardner

Career Mentor

Julie is passionate about supporting NDIS Participants to achieve their career Goals. Julie has worked in the DES sector for a number of years.

Julie brings a diverse range of experience and is passionate about helping others. Julie joined Connecting Futures Australia coming from a local Disability Employment Provider where she worked one on one with participants into employment and supporting them through to reach milestones.  

Julie has experience in business having owned and ran her own hotel and a virtual assistant business and has worked in a variety of roles in the private sector as well as the Victorian Ambulance industry.

Julie is community focused and enjoys networking and developing relationships with stakeholders which help provide opportunities for our participants.

As a Career Mentor Julie is passionate to know her participants helping work with them to develop their skills, source volunteering/work experience opportunities and meet the career goals and future working environments.

Teagan Williams

Career Mentor

Teagan has a passion to work alongside young adults to build their capacity to work towards their career goals.

Teagan Williams

Career Mentor

Teagan has a passion to work alongside young adults to build their capacity to work towards their career goals.

Teagan finds working with people in the disability sector rewarding and a fulfilling career. She is driven at the thought of developing people’s skills that she supports so that they can be who they want to be.

Teagan has extensive skills in the disability sector as a qualified support worker. She worked closely with many different individuals for three and a half years with a disability provider. Teagan worked closely with children and adults with autism, complex care plans, personal care, mental health and behaviors of concern.  

Teagan is a passionate young person that thrives on supporting people to live their best life and the life that they want.

Our History

This story is just beginning…

2019

Taking our first steps

Our director Scott established Connecting Futures in 2019, bringing a decade of experience in the disability and training sector with him.

2019

A warm welcome

Within a short time, our support coordination and employment services were in high demand, and our organisation grew in a very short time.

2020

Expanding our team

We’ve had such a fantastic response since our launch in 2019 that we are constantly expanding our team to meet the demand for our services.

2021

An exciting future unfolds

We’ve got so many exciting ideas for innovative ways to help people with disability and for new programs we are keen to explore. Watch this space.