Our Story

Kellie Puxty & Shelley Youman... Co-Founders of One Community

A Message from our Directors

Back in 2018, we were working together in the NDIS space when we quickly realised there was a gap in the system: Participants and NDIS service providers needed a more effective and efficient way to connect with each other.

One Community was born in 2018 with the vision to help connect the industry for better participant outcomes. We began with our Ready-Set-Connect networking events, and these have now grown by adding specialised focus events for Kids; Mental Health; Innovation and the Transition from school to life post school.

We are so proud to have now have close to 500 events under our belt and have facilitated thousands of provider/Participant connection right across local communities in metropolitan and regional Australia.

Alongside our flagship Ready-Set-Connect events, we host Success Circle, which is becoming a much-loved and valued networking event for CEOs and Senior Managers. These will continue to roll out across Australia in the year ahead.

Helping people live their best lives is what drives us. We seek to support both NDIS Participants and the disability service sector, and we believe this is best achieved through creating connections and shared learning.

The idea for the Awards came from our One Community members, calling for a chance to celebrate the great work that was happening in this industry. In 2021, we acted and created the Australian Disability Service Awards, eager to bring people from across Australia together at the one event to celebrate.

These Awards are a project of love, not profit, as they share their values with One Community – connection and collaboration. Together we can achieve so much more and maximise the outcomes of the NDIS for people with disability.

It is not just individual’s lives being changed and their families’ lives being changed, its whole communities being positively changed. We are very privileged to work in an industry where we can make a difference and contribute to building a diverse and inclusive community.   

We hope you can join us in Sydney for the 2024 Australian Disability Service Awards. 

About One Community

One Community has one focus – to connect. Through our range of specialised Ready-Set-Connect events, we provide a platform to bring together participants, people with disability, support coordinators, parents/carers and teachers to connect with service providers in their local area.

Our Success Circle events connect CEOs and Senior Managers with an expert panel discussing a range of current issues and burning topics. Our guests love the connection with the industry colleagues and value the insightful conversations that take place.

At One Community we have a team of very passionate people who work alongside focus groups consisting of people with disabilities and service providers, to ensure that services meet the needs of the industry.