Programs & Services
Blue Mountains Disability Services Ltd (Eloura) has been providing programs for people with an intellectual disability since 1961. We currently provide services to approximately 110 service users throughout residential, day programs and business services.
Eloura provides group home accommodation and residential support services in the Blue Mountains region. We have been providing residential services for more than two decades to meet the needs of adults with disabilities. The program is funded by the Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Division of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
We offer each resident access to a range of activities, programs, education and work opportunities to respond to their individual interests, goals and aspirations. We encourage each resident to participate fully in community activities and to explore opportunities for social inclusion.
Service users are supported in developing and extending their daily living skills and pursuing their personal goals.
To work with each person to realise their full potential as a member of the community so that they can enjoy the same rights, opportunities and quality of life as other members of the community through:
- Access to community facilities
- Opportunities for increased independence
- Individual choice
- Access to service user grievance procedures
- Service accountability
- Promotion and protection of service users' rights
- Opportunities to participate in community life
- Support and development of family contacts and social networks
- Social inclusion
- Community education
- Advocacy. Eloura works in partnership with Penrith Disability Resource Centre to provide service users with access to information, referral and advocacy opportunities
- Our commitment to dignity, confidentiality and privacy
Vacancies within the accommodation service are filled through the Department of Family and Community Services/ADHC vacancy management process. If you would like more information please contact their Metro North Intake and Referral line on 02 9407 1855. Please don't hesitate to call Eloura on 02 4751 1766 if you have any questions about our services or if there is anything we can do to assist your enquiries with the Department.
Eloura Day Programs serve people between the ages of 18 to 64 who have moderate to high support needs. Programs are delivered from the Guides Hall in Yellow Rock and are funded by NSW Department of Family and Community Services (ADHC).
The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for service users to participate in community life, to understand their rights and responsibilities in the community and to gain enjoyment through:
- Access to community events
Opportunities to participate in community life
Support and development of family contacts and social networks
Opportunities for increased independence
Community integration and social inclusion
Access to service user grievance procedures
Our commitment to dignity, confidentiality and privacy
Individual program elements are either community based or centre based, depending on program activities and according to an individuals goals and needs. Generic community facilities are used wherever possible and appropriate.
Transition To Work (TTW)
The Transition To Work (TTW) program is designed to provide two years of training to service users in a work environment. Service users in the TTW program practice skills and learn about work ethics and WHS as well as undertake structured training in their preferred field of employment. The aim of TTW is to prepare candidates in training and work readiness. At present, service users are undertaking their TTW training in Eloura's Grounds and Maintenance crews and workshop areas.
Eloura Day Programs service the Blue Mountains, Nepean and Hawkesbury areas. Each service user pays a daily fee to cover unfunded program activity costs. Fees are kept to a minimum but are reviewed from time to time in line with cost increases. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm. Individual needs to be discussed with the Program Manager
Australian Disability Enterprises
Eloura Business Services are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to provide employment and training in a supported environment for up to 65 people with a disability.
People with moderate to high support needs are employed in a range of jobs in woodwork, packaging, landscaping and grounds maintenance. A range of innovative products are manufactured by employees of Eloura including hot mix rakes, mining products such as stope sticks and mining blocks, hardwood stakes and pegs, bread boards and 'made to order' products.
Employees are provided with vocational and non-vocational training and support to assist them to achieve their vocational goals. Employees work at either the Eloura Industries workshop or with Eloura Grounds and Maintenance which are both based in Springwood.
For more inofrmation on employment opportunities at Eloura please click here.