IC Care's Rich History
Service History and Expansion Journey
In May 2007, a project worker was employed and the process of selecting a new service umbrella name, completion of legal documents, combining policy and procedure manuals and other related tasks began. On the 1st of July 2008 the services formally amalgamated and started trading under the name of Wollondilly Support & Community Care Inc.. (WSACCI)
In 1993, funding was received from the Department of Community Services for an 18-seater bus and recurrent funding granted from the NSW Department of Health, which was to change the whole operation of the service. During that year the service formed its own management committee, becoming an incorporated organisation. Extra staff were employed, service hours were doubled, a hot lunch included and more day trips. A fourth group was set up based at Appin to cater for residents of Douglas Park, Wilton and Appin.
Previously known as The Wollondilly Senior Friendship Group, this is an outreach day care service for older people (65+) who are frail or have a disability. The service provides stimulating social activity programs and outings. This gives respite to their carers and relief from the loneliness for those physically or socially isolated in the extensive but sparsely populated local government area of Wollondilly.
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Organisational Growth and Consolidation Journey
Programs are planned monthly with a major input from clients. An effort is always made to keep the program of activities stimulating, flexible and conducive to spontaneity.
Funding was provided under the Home and Community Care Program, a joint Federal and State Governments program. In 1987 the Wollondilly Community Development Committee received funding to employ two part-time staff (14hrs each) to set up a day care service in the area. Known as Wollondilly Mobile Day Care, two groups, each servicing approximately eight clients, were set up, one at Picton and one at The Oaks. The groups offered clients a two-hour weekly program each and transport to the venues by volunteers and staff in private cars. Over the years the group sizes increased, and an additional group was set up, based at Bargo.
Camden District Activity Centre Inc. first opened its doors in 1982, at a time where there was little or no service for the frail aged living in their own homes. Local community nurses recognised there were many older people, living at home with little or no social contact, unable to get out and about as they once had. The Camden District Activity Centre was born, first operating from the old Scout Hall next to the RSL, and then for a short time at Mawarra School, before finally moving into a purpose built building (The Florence Pike & Camden District Activity Centre) located at the rear of the Camden Hospital.
This community organisation is operated by a small but dedicated paid staff and over 30 dedicated volunteers, which reports to an elected Management Committee of community members. There have been many changes over the years. The centre temporary relocated in 2002 to Harrington Park Community Centre whilst a refurbishment took place at The Florence Pike & Camden District Activity Centre Building. This refurbishment took place thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Activity Centre, and to groups in the community. It then boasted a modern kitchen, and updated furniture and fittings. This has all been made possible from grants from Lady Mary Fairfax, the support of the Camden Hospital and other local Community Groups.
In May 2017 discussions between Camden District Care Inc. and Wollondilly Support & Community Care Inc. began to look at a partnership between the two organisations. Camden District Care Inc. consisted of one service- Camden District Activity Centre (CDAC) – Social Support Group. Merging CDC and WSACCI would expand on service delivery to Social Support Group and their NDIS clients. It would ensure CDAC continued to operate in an increasingly competitive environment. The merger taking effect on 1 April 2018.
In August 2019 we launched our new trading name IC Care (Inclusive Community Care). This was to ensure that moving forward the two organisations would trade as one. Unifying a successful merger between Camden and Wollondilly areas.