Established in Dandenong in 1959 by local council and parents of children with disabilities, Wallara has evolved over the years to become an innovative, sector leading support service for adults with different abilities.
One of the largest barriers to achieving success for our clients is public attitudes, understanding and lack of awareness and opportunity. The more we can change those attitudes and raise awareness and understanding the more opportunities our clients will have in their lives and the better will be their outcomes.
We want to reach and impact the middle third!
In terms of understanding disability, there are typically three groups in the general community. One third are open to disability, one third are quite fearful of things they don’t understand and then there is the middle third that are unsure how to interact but open to learning more.
Wallara’s goal is to reach out to find this middle third and help convert them to be aware and supportive of disability. If we are successful with this goal we will have materially changed society and created more opportunities for our clients to take their place in the community.
This commitment to reach out and engage with the general community and drive social change is the philosophy behind:
WallaraTV, our award winning in-house media team that has created over 150 videos and produced seven 30 minute TV Specials that have been broadcast on C31 in Melbourne and on Foxtel nationally.
Our partnerships with:
– Monash University ‘Keep On Learning’;
– Ventura Bus Lines;
– Mainstream Schools ; and
– the St Kilda Football Club
The commitment to raising awareness and inclusion is also behind our vision for Sages Cottage Farm where we see a unique opportunity to bring the community to us. That’s why we have opened the café, gift shop and tours and also launched a campaign for $3M to expand our facilities so we can offer more places to the people we support on the farm and welcome more visitors to this amazing property.