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Our Community

CUA was created by members for members. A strong connection with community continues to underpin our organisation, 70 years on from the foundation of our oldest member credit union.

While our growth and success during the past 12 months enables us to reinvest in CUA, it also creates opportunities to deepen our relationship with members and build stronger communities.

Bringing local school projects to life

Diamond Valley Special Developmental School has a simple philosophy when it comes to their students: “Live, laugh, learn”.

Around 128 students with varying intellectual and physical disabilities attend the school in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

After winning $5,000 from CUA Community Care last year, the school is now putting the finishing touches on an independent living centre that will give their students a brand new space to live, laugh and learn vital life skills.

In addition to the CUA grant, generous local businesses have donated labour and materials
to transform a former maternal and child health centre building, adjacent to the school, into a ‘home’. Here, students will learn how to do the laundry, cook, vacuum and clean.

“The centre will give our students an exceptional opportunity to learn the skills they need for independent living in a real-life scenario, ultimately making sure they take care of their health and wellbeing in the future,” Occupational Therapist Mieke van Brouwershaven said.

“CUA’s grant of $5,000 has enabled us to transform the bathroom space into a fully accessible wet area where our students can practice personal hygiene skills like brushing their teeth and grooming.”