MORE INFORMED: Zac Paden, Matt Cassles, and Josie Donnelly from RED Inc at the NDS Disability and Diversity Conference in Alice Springs earlier this month.
MORE INFORMED: Zac Paden, Matt Cassles, and Josie Donnelly from RED Inc at the NDS Disability and Diversity Conference in Alice Springs earlier this month.

Musical idea inspired at Alice Springs disability conference

THREE locals have come back from a trip to the centre of Australia inspired and more informed when it comes to disability and diversity in our community.

Realising Every Dream Incorporated's Zac Paden, lead singer of Brotherhood of the Blues, as well as RED Inc support planner and Brotherhood musician Matt Cassles, and RED Inc operations manager Josie Donnelly, headed to the National Disability Services' Disability and Diversity Conference in Alice Springs earlier this month.

They were there to listen to a variety of speakers, and speak to the crowd themselves about RED Inc and the highly successful Brotherhood of the Blues project.

Mr Paden and Mr Cassles said they had an inspiring time at the conference, and were "blown away" by the experience.

"It was really good just learning about different things that are going to be happening with the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and how it's going to affect support workers and service users," Mr Paden said.

Mr Cassles said while it was clear there were still some "key issues" which needed to be addressed by the NDIS, they walked away feeling "100% more informed" about the NDIS and other happenings in the disability sector.

Mr Paden said, as a service user, he had walked away with a feeling that "it's going to be alright".

"The unfortunate thing for all service users is that they have to be reassessed for funding they've received before," he said.

In terms of their own presentation, Mr Cassles said it "could not have gone down better" and that people have already been contacting RED Inc. In a sweet surprise to the men, they sold every Brotherhood CD they took with them.

"Everyone was giving us compliments - I felt like we were going to come home with big heads," Mr Paden laughed.

 

Little Red Records

LEADING on from the success of Brotherhood of the Blues, RED Inc are now keen to set up their own recording studio and operation, to be called Little Red Records, led by Mr Cassles, Mr Paden and other members of the Brotherhood.

Mr Cassles said it would be an "inclusive studio space accessible for the community", and would make things easier to show carers just what their participants get up to during their sessions such as music.

It would also be an opportunity for participants to learn producing and sound engineering - which many have already expressed a keen interest in, Mr Cassles said.

RED Inc are currently holding a raffle in order to raise money for recording equipment for Little Red Records.

First prize is two tickets to Byron Bay's Falls Festival (three-day pass).

Tickets are available from both the RED Inc office, 87 Magellan Street, and the Pop Up RED shop next door.

Raffle will be drawn on Tuesday, December 15.



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