focus, formally known as the Kindilan Society, has been supporting people with a disability for over 45 years on the Mornington Peninsula.
focus, formally know as the Kindilan Society, has been supporting people with a disability for over 45 years on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Kindilan Society was initially established in 1972 as a small residential school for children with an intellectual disability. In its early years, the accommodation and training services provided were for only a small number of children. As the years passed the school gradually increased in size, additional homes were built and there grew the focus of today. An organisation supporting in excess of 140 adults with a disability throughout the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
A Zero Tolerance Approach
focus adopts a Zero Tolerance approach to ensuring people with disability can exercise choice and control whilst remaining safe from risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect.
The Zero Tolerance commitment is a determination to recognise, raise and respond to any deviation from the human rights of people using disability services. It is a personal and organisational commitment to always have our eyes open and always be doing better to support rights. This aligns our policies, procedures and practice with our obligations as set out in the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Code of Conduct, which can be accessed via this link.
Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Gail Foster Ph: 03 5981 5100
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Toni Stewart e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Manager People, Culture & Safety
Jayne Gillespie e: email@example.com
Chairperson: Paul Thomson
B Commerce, Accounting; Associate, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Paul is a Senior Partner at KPMG. He brings a deep experience in working with government and an understanding of the need to balance policy, financial and social objectives. His skills will support the Board to guide the organisation through the transition to the NDIS and beyond.
Founder & Patron
Emil . A . Negri
Tony Negri has been involved with Kindilan Society since a group of parents got together in 1970; to discuss the idea of establishing a school for children with an intellectual disability. At that time services in Victoria for anyone with an intellectual disability were extremely limited.
Three of those parents, Tony and the late Allan Steele and Richard Case, were asked to provide operational advice to the parents. By August 1971 Tony was Chair of the Committee, where he remained for the next 45years.
It was Tony’s vision for the organisation that made it all possible. He had seen other organisations’ in his travels and he knew exactly what he wanted for his daughter Jane and the children of the other parents.
There were many hurdles to overcome in those early years, no funding, very little support and a falling out with the Rudolph Steiner movement that almost saw the project fail.
It was Tony who led the Board through those tough times and pushed on to have what they all wanted. It was Tony who put his hand up to purchase the land at Red Hill, when no one else agreed and Tony who fought the battles to make their dreams become a reality.
Tony is the first person to be made Patron of Kindilan Society.
Our latest newsletter
Quarterly, we produce a focus Newsletter that is aimed at showing our families and loved ones what we are doing and just how much fun we are having!
focus Individualised Support Services will plan for sustainable growth in the area of our greatest expertise; providing permanent Supported Independent Living for adults with a disability.
We will continue to:
- Specialise in delivering quality care and support for adults with moderate to complex disabilities.
- Support adults living with a disability to access and participate in their local community.
- Create new and better ways for people to receive the support they require.
- Ensure that our services are responsive to individual needs and exceed expectations.
- Be sustainable for the long term.
The organisation provides a full Annual Report at the end of the financial year. These can be found below: