Paul Calcott

Paul Calcott is a Wiradjuri man from central NSW; as an infant he contracted Polio this has led to his passion; helping other Aboriginal people who are living with a disability.
Paul has been working within the disability sector for almost thirty years.

He finds his role as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Resource Manager with Suncare Community services very satisfying as it provides the opportunity to support our people and community in a positive way, and advocate on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities.

He finds working for a non-indigenous service can be a challenge at times, as Non indigenous services can have very different world views to our own.

Paul led a Reconciliation Action Plan for Suncare and developed policies and procedures to support the RAP, as well as starting an art group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability know as the Nandjimadji art group, they meet weekly in a culturally safe environment to share stories and connect to culture.

Paul loves to paint and has pieces in private collections and government agencies both here and overseas.
Paul gets great inspiration from the people he works with, and admires those who ensure our culture is respected and remains strong; this gives him strength, and pride in his heritage.
Paul said he would like young people to be strong in their heritage and believe in themselves, don't let people put you down.

He has very simple values we could all learn by. - value all life, respect the earth, and try to leave the earth a little better than how you found it. Paul describes himself as a fare person who's a little bit twisted, ha ha.

Paul's also proud to be involved in the First People's Disability Network of Australia. The only Aboriginal owned and run service representing Aboriginal people with disabilities, providing advice and support in the development of policy and procedure in relation to aboriginal people with disabilities.