History in the community
Formed in 1961, Activ Albany originally operated as an education group for children with a disability. In February 1964, we opened a child-minding centre for one half-day per week, offering support to local parents. It proved a success and the Department of Education decided to use it as the foundation of a school.
Albany Occupation Centre opened in July 1964 to support customers to learn independent living skills. The Department of Education and a newly formed mother’s club provided the essential equipment – this was thanks to the perseverance of a dedicated local Mum, Mrs Taylor, who was a member of the Activ Albany branch. She enlisted the help of other women.
Activ Albany went on to build ‘The Rocks’ hostel which would house children from surrounding areas.
As of 1 July 2019, the NDIS is available in Albany and across the Great Southern region. Participants can move their funding to the national NDIS model. Activ can support customers on their NDIS journey in any way they require.
We are the only disability services provider in Albany that offers accommodation, community and employment services. This is great for customers who want to engage multiple services with a single provider.
Activ Pathways, our registered training organisation (RTO), delivers training to both customers and employees. We offer a range of courses and qualifications that support capacity building and skills development.
We also encourage community participation through a range of community based activities. Whatever your goals, Activ Community Services Albany can help you achieve it. Whether it is finding employment, getting a driver’s licence, learning life skills, increasing your independence, volunteering, improving your health and fitness or joining a local sporting team – we can assist you achieve your goal.
Our commercial arm, Activ Business Services Albany, supports the local business community with a number of services, including:
- Horticultural services
- Timber manufacturing
- Carpet Interlocking