About Melba Support Services
Celebrating 45 years of service in 2017, Melba was established in the early 1970’s out of a need for a day service for children with disabilities. Melba also provided a support network for parents who had nowhere to go and no one to turn to for advice and help. Addressing a need in the community, and through the generosity of community members, a congregate care facility was built which was used until the late 1990’s.
As society changed, so too did the views on providing supports to people with disabilities. Congregate care facilities dissolved and houses located in the general community were purpose built; adult training day services became places where people could come, not just to learn life skills, but be assisted to make meaningful connections to their community through employment, volunteering and developing friendships. The focus moved away from ‘care’ and towards the provision of support to achieve outcomes for each person, centered around each individuals likes, dislikes, dreams and desires.
Today, and throughout its long history, Melba has held a reputation within its field as progressive, forward thinking and always a provider of quality services. Melba's vision: a society that values the individuality and rights of all people. Melba's mission: individuals with a disability leading everyday lives.
Volunteering at Melba is extremely beneficial to both the volunteer and the organisation. It helps provide fun and engaging activities to the people we support, and facilitates opportunities to build social capital in the local community. In turn, for the volunteer it can lead to employment opportunities within the sector and a chance to share your invaluable skills and passion.
40-50 Melba Ave
Lilydale VIC 3140