Our Mission

To provide outstanding services to individuals with a disability that facilitates choice, and supports and values each individual as an integral part of the community in which they live.

Carinya Society seeks to develop a culture of strength based practice and person centeredness which is underpinned by our key values:

  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Quality

Our Philosophy

We believe that everyone has an equal right to a happy and meaningful life. To this end we run a professional, quality certified service with well trained and enthusiastic staff. We believe in working with our participants, their families and carers and other organisations to get the best results for everyone.

Carinya Society is an integral component of the Primary Health and Community Support Services in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. We provide adult training and support services to advance the independence, dignity, worth and human rights of people with disabilities. We believe that everyone has an equal right to a happy and meaningful life.

Carinya is a place where outstanding service is not so much a philosophy, but a way of life. It is a place that respects human dignity, celebrates diversity and holds passionately the belief that individual worth is an intrinsic right of every person.

We run a quality certified, professional service with well trained and enthusiastic staff. We believe in working with our participants, their families and carers and other organisations to get the best results for everyone.

We run over 70 day programs weekly for more than 100 participants. We also offer respite care, and residential services.

Carinya Society began as Coburg Helping Hand Association on 8 December 1952. Mrs Hilda Morrow (Webster), Mrs. Dowling and people with Disabled Children met and formed a committee to establish an Activity Day Centre in the Coburg area. Their aim was to provide the children with a better existence and a chance to reach full potential. The Victorian Helping Hand Association provided the fledging body with guidance and assistance.

The Centre primarily operated two days a week and later three days a week in the Coburg Football Pavilion, provided by the Coburg Council. In 1957 the first school building was erected on Council granted land in Bellevue Street. The children finally attended a full week of day activities.

The State Government of Victoria, the Victorian Helping Hand Association, Coburg Council, Coburg Rotary Club and the Post Office Hotel Social Club assisted with the establishment of the Activity Centre on the present site. The demand for placements increased, creating the need for an extra building and the establishment of an Annexe at Congram Street Broadmeadows which commenced in 1973. The Annexe in Broadmeadows later became a separate identity.

Over the years many changes have taken place. The main changes include the erection of a hall, industrial area and the transfer of the Junior School of the Education Department as a Special Development School. This ended an era of service to children and adults. The Society now caters for adults over 18 years of age in the provision of specialised training and residential care.

The community has always been an inclusive part of the organisation. It has been involved in the financial support, integrated training, recreation and social activity. On the 1st January 2001 as well as a change of name to Carinya Society it became a company limited by guarantee.

Here at Carinya Society we care. We run a quality certified, professional service with well trained and enthusiastic staff. We believe in working with our participants, their families and carers and other organisations to get the best results for everyone.

We run over 70 day programs weekly for more than 100 participants. We also offer Community Respite Activities and Specialist Disability Accommodation Services.

We provide our participants with services at a level of quality that consistently conforms to service agreement requirements, complies with professional standards, legislative and regulatory requirements, ethics, the Carinya Society Vision, Mission and objectives and leads industry standards.

In order to achieve this objective, it is the policy of Carinya Society to establish and effectively maintain a Quality Management System consistent with the International Standard ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements and complies with the Department of Health and Human Services Human Services Standards, AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational Health and Safety Act and to the privacy and confidentiality of every participant in line with the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001.

Carinya Society recognises its responsibilities to provide a safe and healthy work environment and has therefore established an Occupational Health and Safety Management System to ensure that Carinya Society operations keeps employees, contractors, participants, visitors and the local community safe from the risk of injury, illness or property damage.

The Board, Chief Executive Officer, Management team and all staff are committed to giving full support to the Carinya Society Quality Management System and its ongoing improvement.

The Carinya Foundation was established in 1994 with the sole purpose to support Carinya Society and its objectives to support and enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

The Carinya Foundation has financially supported Carinya Society on several projects, the most recent was the renovation of 12 Bellevue Street, Coburg.

The Foundation is made up of 4 Carinya Trustees who are appointed by the Directors of Carinya Society. The current Trustees include Emeritus Professor Leo Foster, who has a long history with Carinya Society and served as the Carinya Chairman from 1998 – 2006. Mr. Ed Woods, Ms. Robyn Waters and the current Carinya Society Chairperson – Mr. Colin McKenzie.

Thank you to our supporters

our sponsors
Astro Graphic
People Outdoors
Coburg Lions
Rotary Club of Coburg
The Pod