Karden Disability Support Foundation (KDSF) is a small and innovative not for profit organisation that provides individualised services to more than 100 people with disability. The organisation is based in Ballarat and supports people in the City of Ballarat, Hepburn Shire, Moorabool Shire and Golden Plains Shire Local Government Areas.

Karden provides the following services for people with disability in Ballarat and surrounds ;

  • Direct Support
  • Service Coordination
  • Person Centred Planning
  • Program Delivery

KDSF staff strive to create customised services for all the people we support. An important part of our work is also to work with our community and help them to understand that a person with a disability is primarily that – A person first. Our individualised flexible support service enables people to access their community or receive the support they require at home, or both!

Follow the links for more detailed information about what we offer:

  • Individualised Support Services
  • Arthur Creative Services
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Support Coordination
  • Picket Fences

Individualised Direct Support Services

Whether the person is supported through funding for independent living, day or individualised support, we take an individualised approach, tailoring our responses to the needs and wishes of the person. You can also combine with others to share the expense of a support person to take you on a planned activity outing of your choice

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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Arthur Creative Services

The “Arthur Creative Services Division” offers arts programs that encourage and facilitate high quality arts and cultural activity within Ballarat, whilst promoting a wider acceptance and participation in a professional arts context by people with a disability.  Our arts programs also offer commercial, exhibition and professional development opportunities for artists with a disability interested in pursuing commercial / career pathways.

This is achieved via:

  • A range of arts based workshops for emerging and established artists with disability. The core programs are designed for beginners who are wanting to get an introduction into the arts, or can also be used as a working supported studio base for more established artists. The pathway programs are designed for artists who have been established within the arts and are wishing to pursue an arts pathway to independent practice (either studio based or within the community)
  • Provision of and participation in local events and festivals
  • Continuous strategic work on the development and implementation of a multimodal arts space for creation and housing of above and broader community arts activity.

Arthur Studio is located and operates from 602 Urquhart Street, Ballarat. (enter via Windermere Street carpark)

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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Therapeutic Services

The “Therapeutic Program” aims to provide evidence based interventions for people to access a safe, confidential and respectful place to work through, any issue that is important to you. It is an opportunity to explore where you are in life and where you want to be. You are the expert on your life and our role is to guide you through a process of greater self-understanding and awareness of yourself. This process often reveals new ways in which you can improve your circumstances and live a fulfilling life based on your values and beliefs. Any type of therapy is a cooperative partnership that aims to empower you by giving you greater insight into your strengths and giving you the tools that will help you deal with life’s challenges.

This is achieved via a stream of different modalities that suit diverse communication needs:

  • Counselling
  • Arts Therapy
  • Drum Program
  • Mindfulness
  • Drama Therapy
  • Sand Play Therapy
  • Clay Field (trauma therapy)

The Therapeutic Program will be run from 602 Urquhart Street, Ballarat. (enter via Windermere Street carpark)

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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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.

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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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)

Read more about Picket Fences