Joy Barrett


I have spent most of my working life in not for profit organisations. Commercial objectives would never have been enough for me. I have always wanted my work to make a difference, to make the world a better place for people who are disadvantaged and  need someone to speak on their behalf.

Joy Barrett

Adults with severe intellectual disabilities need lifelong assistance in coping with daily tasks, and their carers need support and assistance, to ensure that a relatively good quality of life can be a possibility for all. Joy is the manager of Minimbah, a facility that provides day programs for adults with high support needs, in a caring environment, as well as providing specialist services and building community understanding of their needs and aspirations. Joy fundamentally believes that the care and support of adults with disabilities is the responsibility of the entire community and that this support should be based on entitlements rather than emergency response. Each community member, whatever their disabilities, is valuable and important.

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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