New Lake Peer Support Ltd. has been providing a broad range of flexible and innovative supports to people with disability and their families and carers since 1989.
The organisation originally came into being by a group of parents who got together to discuss their respite needs and that of their children’s futures, as there were limited respite opportunities available for children with a disability when they reached adulthood.
A submission was prepared with the support of a Community Worker, and then in late 1988, funding was obtained to establish a peer support respite program.
New Lake Peer Support Ltd. has evolved from providing peer support respite services over twenty nine years ago, to offering in 2015, a range of respite options (in-home, cottage, holiday, community access, emergency), day programs to people with disability who are not currently in the paid work-force. It also delivers a broad range of social and recreational programs and independent living skills programs, personal care, in-home support and assistance with household tasks, case mangement and transport. Support is designed to meet the individual needs of all people which facilitate community involvement, friendship, learning and mutual support.
Many things have changed since the establishment of the service in 1989. There is greater understanding of the needs of people with disability, and today the focus is firmly on developing personalised services to support people in achieving their goals and to live life the way they choose.
What hasn’t changed is our commitment to maximise independence, choice and opportunity in the lives of the people we support.