Geelong Disability Service's StoryGeelong's Trusted NDIS Provider
Geelong Disability Services – GDS, became a official Geelong NDIS registered provider, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Service Provider in 2015 and a registered Disability Service Provider with the Department of Health and Human Services of Victoria.
Geelong Disability Services was established by husband and wife team, Donna and Ray Witnish.
Having lived, supported and cared for real life experiences with both physical and mental illness, GDS was created to help provide the type of reliable competent service/s they would expect and by happy to receive.
With this as Donna and Ray’s goal, combined with the knowledge and the real life personal experiences, they set out, to become fully qualified Support Workers obtaining knowledge of all the Disability Standards along with other legal & OHS requirements that go along with providing services to the public.
To enrich the lives of our clients by providing high level services delivered with the utmost respect by cheerful, good-natured, qualified staff.
For each and every one of our clients to eagerly look forward to their support shifts and spending time with their support workers
Life without laughter is no life at all.
We understand that every person is a unique individual who is more than able to lead and direct their own supports.
With thoughtful planning and individualised support services, Geelong Disability Services helps the people we support to live the best life possible. We sit down with each of our clients to develop a person-centred support plan covering all of their requirements and how those requirements are to be met.
It is important to remember that everyone – able bodied or not – requires help at some point. To quote Dr Anne Wilson Schaef: “Asking for help does not mean we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence”.
As Donna has lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years, and Ray being the primary carer for his father-in-law suffering from Motor Neuron Disease (MND), and having both lived and supported their daughter’s mental illness, GDS was truly created from the experiences of, by, and for, people with disabilities.
We’re truly a peer-led organisation – the majority of our staff either have a disability or a significant lived experience (i.e. mother of a child with a disability). This ensures we keep a person-centred approach and deliver quality supports.
This approach has certainly been appreciated and recognised by the NDIS participants who have chosen GDS as their provider of choice.
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With thoughtful planning and individualised supports we help the people we support to live the best life possible.
Geelong Disability Services was established in 2015 by a couple who have lived experiences with both physical and mental illness and who wanted to provide the type of reliable competent service/s they would by happy to receive.