Co-operative Model

About our community model, offering supported living options for Tasmanians with acquired and/or neurological disabilities.

The concept

HOPES co-operative living concept is designed to give people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities a safe environment in which to live as independently as they are able. 

The project offers a financially viable, and personally empowering supported living model for people with acquired and neurological disabilities, who are unable to live satisfactorily in the community without support.

The rationale

A majority of adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities following an acquired brain injury or neurological disease, have led full independent lives prior to the event and have a clear memory of that life.

Common outcomes range from problems with memory, planning and organisation, plus a lack of insight, to severe physical impairments; and, for most, loss of social networks, and a feeling of uselessness.

The Model

How the model works

The HOPES co-operative model consists of a small cluster of independent units surrounding a common house, encouraging residents to interact and support each other, while retaining their personal space.

The model is based on priniples of co-operative living, in which the day to day running of the property is managed by a co-operative body consisting of residents and their advocates, assisted part time by our co-ordinator. There is an emphasis on shared responsibilities and resources, designed to promote resident participation and empowerment.