End of Year Message from Melba CEO Glenn Foard
Dear friends of Melba,
I’m writing to thank you for your support in 2018 and to wish you and your family all the very best for a healthy and happy festive season as we come to the end of a very productive 12 months.
This year has seen Melba continue to deliver high-quality services, grow and flourish, honour our past and prepare for the future.
In 2018, Melba has successfully completed a merger with Karden Disability Support Foundation. We are excited about the opportunities this offers the people we support, as well as staff and volunteers.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continued to be a focus of much activity during the year. The scheme is driving unprecedented change, along with the new Continuity of Support Program (for those older than 65 years and so ineligible for the NDIS).
Supporting individuals and families to make a successful NDIS transition is critically important. It is not easy to navigate the new arrangements and requirements, but we worked intensively with individuals and their families to prepare for their ‘first plan’ and have seen many positive outcomes.
We were honoured to have been one of five organisations selected to assume responsibility for transferring accommodation and respite services throughout Victoria. We look forward to providing services in the Central Highlands and Wimmera, Melbourne’s southern suburbs and across Gippsland.
The creation of additional housing options, providing people with housing choice, was a continuing goal this past year. A home is essential if people are to have a good life. Our initiative in Anderson Street, Lilydale progressed during the year. All permits were obtained and a builder has recently commenced demolition and construction works. Our funding appeal raised $160,000 – the remaining amount to fully fund the project. Our thanks go to our generous ‘Builders of Change’.
Additionally, a purpose-built replacement for Lara Court, Mt Evelyn has been constructed by the State Government. Projects with other partners in Mt Evelyn, Ringwood, Rosebud, Wantirna South, Cheltenham and Frankston will deliver homes for some 50 people in the future. These are all exciting developments that will deliver great outcomes for individuals we support and their families.
It was a great pleasure to work with partners who share our values and objectives including parent and advocacy groups, housing developers, schools, allied health service providers, community organisations and Government departments. We look forward to pursuing further joint projects in 2019 and beyond.
As always, however, our key achievement at Melba continues to be the work we do with the many individuals and families who entrust us to provide the support that meets their unique needs, and assists them to live a joyful and fulfilling life.
Thank you for helping to make all of this possible.
CEO, Melba Support Services
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