'focus' Individualised Support Services is the operational 'arm' of Kindilan Society which is an approved Public Benevolent Institution with full registration as a charitable organisation. We are not formally affiliated with any other entity; however we are pleased to be involved in various networks to improve the effectiveness of our work for people with a disability.
Our organisation is governed by a 7 member Board of Directors. The overall responsibility for managing the operational activities is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer who leads a management team consisting of the Manager Client Support, plus a number of Coordinators and Team Leaders.
'focus' is made up of the following client support divisions:
These divisions receive administrative support for their work from our Administrative Services division.
At 'focus' we believe in the concept of individuals making a positive difference in their own lives, and in the lives of others.
We assist people to achieve their personal goals and to live a full and abundant life through:
Fundamental to 'focus' Individualised Support Services is an ethos that supports the importance of family members in the lives of the people who receive our services.
'Kindilan Society' itself was initially established in 1972, as a small residential school for children with an intellectual disability. Between 1972 and 1979 the accommodation and training services were provided for a small number of children with an intellectual disability, originally under the auspice of the Rudolph Steiner 'movement'. It has since grown to become a much larger organisation focussing on meeting the needs of adults with a wide variety of disabilities.
Given the increasing age profile of the clients, the school was ultimately redeveloped as an Adult Training and Support Service (ATSS), and more recently has undergone a total restructure to become a "Community Support Service". The Community Support Service has now extended beyond the original Red Hill buildings to include separate locations throughout the local community. The majority of people attending the service are predominately involved in community based programs, with appropriate staff support.