Established in Dandenong, Victoria in 1959, Wallara has already come a long way from being a small community of parents of children with disability working together with the local council into becoming an innovative support service for adults with different abilities.
Wallara’s main objective as an organisation is to drive social change. This broadly includes raising awareness, creating general understanding, and changing the public’s general attitude towards people with disability. This will in turn essentially help create opportunities for NDIS participants in the community.
“Wallara offers four main services to our clients: Day Services, Accommodation, Supported Employment in various Wallara-owned ventures (e.g. logistics, land management, hospitality), and Wallara Online. We consider Wallara Online to be unique in the sector as clients are able to partake in interactive classes from the comfort of their own home, even in remote regions. We offer classes at 1:4 ratio, or clients can opt for 1:1 classes for our educational suite of programs,” says Terry Cosgriff of Wallara.
Watch video: Wallara Online offers a music course led by former lead singer of Hunters & Collectors, Mark Seymour.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the organisation developed Wallara Online, an online platform that provides nation-wide educational classes and social activities for their clients while they are staying at home or while they are in lockdown. Classes vary from music and performance, sports, fitness, travel and work, technology, numeracy and literacy, art and nature, and more. These online classes provide people with disability the opportunity to learn new skills or sharpen existing ones. These are exceptional virtual avenues as well to continue socialising and meet new people.
“Clients are able to use either Core or Capacity Building funding through their NDIS plans to access any of the 20-plus programs of support that we offer online,” adds Terry.
The classes are one to two hours per session and they can run for a period of 12 weeks. For pricing, visit the Wallara Online page.
One of the key exciting programs they have launched earlier is “Let’s Go with Lego.” This is a social program that connects Lego enthusiasts while promoting interaction, fun, and communication. Here’s a little snippet of what you can expect from these Lego classes:
To check availability of the online classes and to learn more about Wallara, visit wallara.com.au.