Windarring’s history grew out of a community idea in 1972 under the inspirational leadership of Dr. John Connell. The aim was to support local parents (who had family members with an intellectual disability) in order to give the parents some respite each day. The local community and service clubs raised funds to establish Windarring in Kyneton. Expansion to Castlemaine, Gisborne, and Bendigo followed.
From then to now
Today, the support of each local community where Windarring operates is still essential in establishing partnerships to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to be included in the life of the community.
Windarring has developed and consolidated services for people with disabilities to become an essential community service organisation in Central Victoria and is an essential partner in the lives of local families. Currently we provide services to over 130 individuals and their parents and carers.
We work within the broader community advocating on behalf of people with disability for access to mainstream services and we’re affiliated with a number of key peak organisations at all levels of Government to enable input into policy that impact on the life of people we support.
Windarring employs a team of skilled and qualified disability support workers who are employed across programs and activities including community access, recreation and leisure, respite, supported holidays and supported employment. Individuals and families can choose between 1 on 1 support, group activities or a combination of both to ensure they receive the support that suits the life they want to live.
The introduction of the NDIS on 1 May 2017 has been welcomed by Windarring as an opportunity to reset and think big for the future.
Windarring is a Registered Disability Provider with both State and Federal Governments and has Quality Accreditation from International Standards Certification P/L (ISC).