Welcome to DARE Disability Support

DARE Disability Support is an NDIS Accredited local provider who has been supporting people with a disability in the Blue Mountains, Penrith, and Hawkesbury regions since 1961. We currently provide support to approximately 200 service users throughout residential, community activities, recreation & leisure, support coordination and business services.

Location

We are located in the Blue Mountains. We predominantly operate from Springwood, addition we have multiple group homes across the lower Blue Mountains.

DARE Disability Support Head Office

DARE Recreation and Leisure

DARE Industries

Our Quality Promise to you

With quality comes great service. We strive to be your trusted provider by giving you the highest quality individualised services while tailoring your support to meet your preferences and needs. That is why DARE has been providing accredited and award winning services for over 50 years.

DARE is committed to ensuring that our services not only meet but exceed the national and state regulatory standards of compliance.

Our high-quality services have resulted in:

  • Certified compliance with the National Disability Service Standards for Disability Employment Services
  • Third party verification Compliance with the NSW Disability Services Standards for ADHC funded service providers.

Our People

Our fully-trained professional staff play a crucial part in everything we do. We employ friendly, committed and compassionate staff who are chosen through an extensive recruitment process. All staff are vetted to ensure we have an honest team of people with the highest integrity.

We look for people who can implement the dare vision with commitment, enthusiasm, care and attention. All new staff go through an induction program and training and development does not stop at induction; we make it our mission to update staff’s skills and knowledge through professional development.

Our managers are all experienced, skilled and caring. Many of our staff including our senior management team have been with us for over 20 years. Each of them has an open door policy should you have any questions or require further information.

If you would like more information about roles with us please see our careers section.

Our Management Team

Chief Executive Officer – Andrew Daly

Recreation and Leisure Manager  – Virginia Lanyon

Business Manager – Tony Burke

Community Living Manager – Chris Hurley

Community Activities Manager – Kathryn Woods

Company Secretary/Finance Manager – Neville Thomas

Human Resources/QA Manager – Pam Hurley

 

Our DARE Disability Support Board

Donald Luscombe

Chairman
Donald Luscombe is a practising Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience and operates a private practice from Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains. With a passion for equality and justice for people with a disability, Donald has shown tremendous commitment to DARE, serving as a Board Member since 1992, including appointments from 1993-1996 and 2008-2014. In addition to his voluntary position with DARE, Donald maintains his role as Director of the Rural Fire Fighters Foundation, is a Founder and Director of the Coffee for Kids Foundation and was recently elected as a Director, and Treasurer, of Biznet Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Matthew Bryant

Deputy Chair
With over 25 years’ experience in the information technology field, Matthew has developed innovative business solutions for a wide range of local and international clients including the design of large-scale manufacturing systems. As a Board member of local arts, commerce and sporting groups, Matthew is active in both the Blue Mountains community and business sectors. Matthew with his wife and business partner Lola, have four sons.

Ken Wade-Ferrell

Ken has lived in the Blue Mountains at Winmalee for the past 40 years, is married with three children and seven grandchildren. Ken has worked in the accounting field for most of his career and until recently was the Financial Controller at Windsor Farm Foods. Ken has been an active member of the Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade for the past 36 years and has served the community in various volunteer roles.

Jacqueline Brinkman

Jacqueline Brinkman is the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), the peak regional economic development organisation in the Blue Mountains. Throughout her career, Jacqueline has harnessed new opportunities for the Marine, Arts, Tourism and Aviation industries. Since moving to the Blue Mountains in August 2011, Jacqueline has worked with Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Organisation and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Cheryl Kitto

Cheryl has worked in the recruitment, vocational education and Careers industries throughout Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Cheryl is an active Rotarian of 22 years standing and has been honoured with a Paul Harris fellowship. Cheryl is a past president of the Rotary Clubs of Springwood and Granville. Cheryl has been nominated for the Telstra women in business awards on two separate occasions. Cheryl lives in Springwood with her husband Norm.

David Rayner

David has worked in the Dairying Industry for 43 years. Currently, he is working with Parmalat in an advisory/mentoring role for senior managers. his interest in actively supporting organisations who care for groups in our community such as Ronald McDonald House, Riding for the Disabled has directed Davids desire to contribute to DARE and bring to the Board his experience gained from working within an industry which has undertaken major changes over the last four decades.

Mick Fell

Mick Fell is a Councillor on the Blue Mountains City Council. After a career in the community development field, particularly in local government, Mick retired to an active involvement in his local community. In the course of his career, Mick was involved in the development of a range of services, including services for people with disabilities, community-based housing and facilities management. Mick is currently a director on the boards of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and the Western Sydney Local Government Insurance Pool (WestPool).


History

Founded by a group of parents at Katoomba who identified unmet needs for their sons and daughters in the area of education, accommodation, leisure and employment.

Originally known as the Blue Mountains Handicapped Children’s Centre then the Blue Mountains Disability Services Ltd (trading as ‘Eloura’) DARE Disability Support has been providing quality programs to people with a disability in the areas of education, accommodation support, independent living, employment and training, recreation and social inclusion since 1961.

Over the last 50 years, we have seen many changes in the services we offer and we have learned what works and what does not work. We have a sound knowledge in determining how to best provide the support each individual requires and to offer every opportunity to reach life goals.

Where are we today? 

We are proud of our history and intend to carry on the work of our founders.

We are a proactive and committed provider with an established practice of family, carer and client involvement in all areas of management, operations, planning and staffing.

DARE works with service users whose support needs vary from low to very high and who may have complex and multiple disabilities.

We provide a range of service options including community living, home support, community activities and programs, pre-vocational training, skills training and employment.

We are excited our future direction under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the opportunities it will offer clients.

Our Purpose
Provide industry best creative supports – because YOU COME FIRST

Our Vision
DARE Disability Support will be the provider of choice delivering relevant and effective services that enhance the lives of people living with a disability.

Our Values
At DARE we share a belief that each individual has the right to fulfil his or her genuine participation in the broader community.

As a not for profit organisation, registered as a public company limited by guarantee, DARE Disability Support is recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a Public Benevolent Institution and a Deductible Gift Recipient. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible

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