Actively involved in working for the common good for over thirty years, Robbie Lloyd focuses on social -justice for disadvantaged groups, and community cultural -development for indigenous people. Combining social change with creating community, he works in reforming mental health and services for people living with intellectual disability. He also volunteers on community committees combining all age groups in sharing the task of 'people power' - for celebration, empowerment and giving voice to difference and diversity.
Robbie's emphasis is on person-centred, extended non-blood family models of community, and strategies to bring elders and young people together in shared development. With a focus on Action Research, he likes to encourage modelling new approaches to making a difference.
Starting out in the early 70s in school teaching, he got involved in alternative'child centred? education, then became a university lecturer in education, then journalist on the same topic, before teaching that as well at university. National politics and communications then lured him away from education in the mid-80s, and he worked on organisational change in business and government, coupled with voluntary community work. Ten years ago he turned towards Aboriginal Reconciliation, and went on a journey of learning, which took him through a number of years among Aboriginal communities in western and south-western NSW, as well as supporting cultural renewal in Bali, New Zealand and South India. Work which continues, alongside addressing the needs of people living with the challenges of mental illness and/or intellectual disability, and celebrating their unique consciousness.