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. 

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: frequently-asked-questions-re-merger-with-melba

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

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, with no waiting lists, individuals experience outcomes shortly after initial contact.

Individualised Support Services 

Full coordination model of support services, including:

  • In home services such as, personal care, home duties and medication administration
  • Individualised day programs,
  • Assistance with community connections
  • On call
  • Advocacy
  • Unfunded planning

Arthur Creative Services

The Arthur Creative division delivers performing and visual arts programs. Whilst these are group based services the model has been designed around an individual approach, this includes the fee structure that isn’t and never has been reliant on block funding.

The modalities include:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Screen Printing

Therapeutic Services

Our Therapeutic Services provide evidence based interventions to help people deal with life’s challenges in whatever form they may take.

We offer a range of therapeutic modalities that cater to the diverse needs of the community:

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Arts Therapy
  • Rhythm 2 Recovery ( a drum based therapeutic intervention)

Support Coordination

The Karden Support Coordination service aims to assist individuals to navigate often complex service systems in order to find the best possible mix of services to meet their individual needs and preferences. Karden has designed Support Coordination to not only assist to source services and link people into their communities, but with the view to also build on personal capacity to independently manage informal and formal services and support networks.

Picket Fences

Lots of individuals with a disability have the capacity to live independently within the community with the right supports in place. Karden Disability Support Foundation (Karden) through the Picket Fences program enables individuals with disability to make choices about where and how they will live.

Picket Fences offers individuals the opportunity to live independently with customised support within their local community.

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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