Since inception Karden have been providing individually funded 1 to 1 service and its business as usual, as  Karden are proudly registered with the NDIS. 


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Welcome to Karden

Founded in 2006, Karden is a not-for-profit agency that provides disability services to individuals with a disability across the Ballarat and surrounding area. Karden currently provides employment for approximately 126 staff (predominantly casual workforce). The current target market for Karden is defined as a person that has a Disability as recognised under the Disability Act 2006. A key feature of the services provided by Karden is the ability to provide a tailored and flexible approach to individuals that meets their needs, in a way that is rewarding and fulfilling to them. Individuals access Karden in a variety of ways, including; self-referral, NDIS participant, direct referral from DHHS, TAC or Ballarat Health Services. Karden’s approach enables us to be responsive and accessible to the people that are entering our service, individuals experience outcomes shortly after initial contact.


Important Merger Update 

I am very excited to announce that after some time, we are now in a position to finalise our Merger with Melba Support Services. I can confirm that we have executed our Merger

agreement and Karden will now formally become a part of Melba Support Services on the 1st of July 2018.

Whilst Karden and Melba have been working towards finalising our merger, we have continued to undertake joint activities. This “test of time” has only further confirmed my belief that Karden and Melba are beautifully aligned in mission, vision and values. This time has provided more evidence of the synergies and compatibilities. The photo below was taken some time ago shared by both organisations, cementing my belief that this Merger is an excellent decision for both organisations.

Rachael Jones

Photo: This pre-merger celebration photo was taken some time ago with Glenn Ford CEO of Melba . Looking forward to being able to show some post-merger celebration photos in the very near future.

Karden Disability Support Foundation to merge with Melba Support Services!

Karden today announced that it would be merging with Melba Support Services, based in Lillydale. Chair of Karden Disability Support Foundation, Ms Daina MacLeod said “Karden and Melba share a very similar mission, philosophy and values that focus on respect, treating people with dignity and human rights. This is one of the main reasons we have chosen to merge”. Rachael Jones, CEO of Karden Disability Support Foundation said “This is not the first time that Karden and Melba have worked together. We were jointly awarded a Government tender in 2015 to provide support to the clients of the Sandhurst Centre”. Melba is an excellent fit for Karden and the merger will enable us to expand the services we provide, Melba has been a leader in the disability services sector for the last 44 years. We are thrilled to be joining an organisation with such extensive experience and alignment of values and purpose”.

Continuity of services for existing clients of both organisations is guaranteed. The organisations have undergone an extensive due diligence process and the Boards of the two organisations have resolved to complete the merger by 1 July 2017.

Download the Frequently Asked Questions here: FAQ

Download the full media release here: media-release-stronger-disability-services-in-victoria-through-merger


Talk to us about a tailored package of support for you or your family member on the phone 03 5331 7924 or face to face – We are based at 602 Urquhart Street, Ballarat (enter via Windermere Street)


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