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Hunter Valley Disability Services Consortium Successful in NSW Disability Supported Accommodation Services Transfer

Posted 20 April 2017

Hunter Valley (HV) Disability Services Limited is honoured to be selected by FACS (the NSW Department of Family and Community Services) as the chosen provider for the transfer of 37 accommodation and supported living services across the Hunter Region of NSW.

HV Disability Services is a not for profit consortium comprising local, well respected community organisations including Ability Options, ConnectAbility Australia, Finding Yellow and accommodation partner Evolve Housing, who combined have over 100 years’ experience supporting people with disability.

The locally based consortium members are fully committed to the people they support to live the best life possible and experience respect, belonging and contribution within their local community. Each consortium member brings a wealth of experience, established workforces and strong networks within their respective communities. All organisations have in-depth working knowledge and experience of the new NDIS framework.

Mr Fred Van Steel, Chair of HV Disability Services and CEO at Ability Options said “The current employees at FACS already make a real difference in the lives of the people they support. They are highly trained, knowledgeable and committed and are an asset to the organisation, supporting continuum of care for the residents, families and carers. We look forward to working together with them to ensure a smooth transition of management and to further enhance the services and programs that provide opportunities for people to achieve their goals.”

As an immediate priority the consortium members of HV Disability Services will be focused on ensuring the next stage of the transition process for residents, their families and support staff is as seamless as possible.

“Continuity of services and clear communication with all residents, their families and carers is vital. Collectively we are already deep into planning all aspects of the transition process. We have already formed a specialist transition team with extensive experience, to allow for the successful transfer and ongoing management of the homes from ADHC (Department of Aging Disability and Home Care, FACS) to our organisation.”

“We are really excited by this wonderful opportunity and look forward to welcoming participants, families and staff, and ensuring people with disabilities live inclusively in their communities, assisted by support services delivered with integrity, respect, compassion, innovation, diversity and understanding ,” Mr Van Steel said.

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