Welcome to Mamre

Mamre Association is a Brisbane based non-profit organisation supporting families which have children with a disability.

Mamre believes that people with a disability and their families can have rich, full and meaningful lives within their communities and is committed to working with families in partnership to inspire, embolden and empower towards a better future.

At the core of Mamre is the Mamre Community; an intentional community affirming and upholding the worth of every person in society, whilst continuously pushing the boundaries for social change. From Mamre's early beginnings, the fundamental values of inclusion, relationships and friendship have continued to remain paramount, the word 'Mamre' meaning 'Mountain of friendship' in Hebrew.


The Importance of Quality Relationships

With the official start of the NDIS in Australia on July 1, 2016, an opportunity has opened up for people with disabilities and their families to rethink their future goals.  For those who are happy with where they were heading, things may continue on a similar course.  But for others; those who were unsure of their direction, looking to explore other possibilities or imagining something better, the NDIS may be the opportunity to rethink or tweak goals.  Along with informal supports, community supports, mainstream supports, the NDIS may then provide reasonable and necessary support to contribute towards making those goals a reality.  My hope is that many plans feature quality relationships as part of those goals! 

I was watching a TED talk recently about a Harvard study that has been going for over 75 years.  Back in 1938, a group of researchers began a study with a group of people that measured a whole range of things that track how that group travelled through life.  When the study reached 75 years, they looked back over the data with an eye to measuring how well people in that group travelled and what factors may have helped with that.  I don’t have the space here to go through all the data but the conclusion the researchers arrived at was that considering all the metrics, the single outstanding factor that contributed to people faring well in life were the quality of the relationships in their life.  Those who identified as having strong, quality relationships in their life measured strongly across a lot of the metrics of the study.  This contrasted sharply with those who didn’t have strong relationships in their life.  Quality relationships add so much to our life, including health and wellbeing benefits.