About

We believe everyone can celebrate who they are, achieve to the best of their abilities, determine their own futures and make a positive impact on the world

Who is swara

swara is a Not-for-Profit NDIS registered and DSOA support provider located in Woolloongabba, QLD. For over 47 years, swara has been passionately supporting a community where people of all abilities feel loved and respected and able to reach their full potential. The swara family welcomes all people with mild to moderate disabilities.

For more information on joining our family, please submit an expression of interest in the contact section or call our centre directly on 07 3391 4119.

Our vision

swara is an enduring community leader, empowering people of all abilities to reach their full potential in a loving service environment.

Our mission

Enhancing and connecting creativity, human dignity and leadership.

Our philisophy

Loving service in action.

The Pink Twins’ legacy

swara was founded in 1975, by Pink Twins Dorothy and Moyia O’Brien who saw the need to help families and communities. They used their own funds, and those of loyal supporters, to establish swara in the Roma Street Parklands. The Twins understood that many people with disabilities, need, first and foremost, a sense of value, of belonging, and of relationships that are secure and not too dependent on conformity. These two wonderful ladies identified that, often, the greatest handicap was the lack of self-esteem, and the experience of isolation and rejection that befell many in our community.

The Twins would often talk about finding a spark in another and fanning that spark until it becomes a roaring flame. We at swara are committed to recognising and nurturing sparks and flames in all who join the swara family. We will work on that human potential in everyone, and not just our participants. And we will celebrate as we make those flames roar. We will do this through Loving Service in Action.

The Pink Twins are no longer with us, at least not in person. But I have every confidence and belief that they are with us in spirit. I also feel they would recognise the new challenges faced by the organisation they founded, and would be thrilled (using their expression) with the Loving Service swara’s precious clients continue to receive despite the present, dynamic environment.

Extract from TP O’Brien’s annual Chairman Report, November 2018

About swara

swara is a Not-for-Profit NDIS registered and DSOA support provider. Loving service is our credo. We aim to brighten the lives of people of all abilities, empowering them with a sense of real worth. We give them the confidence and means of reaching their full potential in a loving service environment. The swara family welcomes all people with mild to moderate disabilities.