Who we are
ConnectAbility Australia was founded in 1992 by a group of community members and families to meet the needs of people with significant disabilities to provide opportunities to access community based resources, aged care support, facilities, disability support and family counselling.
In 2015, a decision was made to diversify and grow the organisation to provide supports and opportunities to other groups within the community and a merger between ConnectAbility and Jesmond Connected Communities was completed. We now provide a broad range of personalised supports to older community members, children and young people and people with disabilities. ConnectAbility customers reside throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland and other Lower Hunter local government areas.
Our approach is personal, flexible and centred on the person. Whether you are attending one of our Friendship Groups as an older person, a playgroup, community education sessions, or are a person with a disability looking to achieve goals and dreams ConnectAbility will work with you and, should you choose, those closest to you to ensure you achieve your goals.
Aged Care and Disability Support Services Newcastle & Central Coast
In 2017 ConnectAbility, along with Consortium members Finding Yellow and Ability Options were successful in winning the tender for the transfer of Government Supported Independent Living services to the not for profit sector. In December of 2017 ConnectAbility saw the beginning of the transfer of seventeen homes and around one hundred and fifty staff to ConnectAbility. A separate company, Hunter Valley disability support (HVDS) was established to take the initial transfer. ConnectAbility has also opened another three homes across the Hunter increasing the number of people supported to live as independently as they choose.
In December of 2018 ConnectAbility also took on the responsibility for the delivery of services previously provided by Central Coast Disability Network (CCDN) located at Erina following a tender issued by the Administrators. ConnectAbility now provides aged, disability and supported independent living on the Central Coast.
How we can support you
Dependent on your requirements, ConnectAbility can assist people with in-home personal care and domestic assistance, shopping and meal preparation, assistance with medication management, social supports and respite care both in-home and in the community. We look at creating meaningful relationships and true inclusion for people within the community. There are a number of community education and disability support opportunities offered such as language classes, vacation programs for school children, and youth and family counselling.
Whether you are looking to undertake further education and training, volunteer work or recreational activities using local facilities such as libraries, parks, gyms, shopping centres and other recreational venues ConnectAbility can work with individuals to address any barriers that exist for people being able to achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations.
Donations and support
We actively seek community and corporate disability supports and partners to further enhance opportunities and outcomes. ConnectAbility Australia is a not for profit incorporated association, and is registered as a gift deductible recipient with tax charity concessions. ConnectAbility ensure that as much as possible all funds raised go directly to providing outcomes for individuals or the groups choosing to be supported by our organisation. We are governed by a Board consisting of volunteer community and consumer representatives.