Brisbane not-for-profit Carinity has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting people in the Somerset Region who live with disability.

It recently finalised the purchase of premises where it operates Our House disability support service in Toogoolawah. The property was previously leased from the Queensland Government.

“The acquisition helps to assure Our House can continue providing disability support services for the local community well into the future,” Carinity community services manager, Chris Shannon said.  

Carinity took over the management of the Our House disability respite centre in 2007 that currently supports 21 people from a catchment area that includes Toogoolawah, Esk, Kilcoy, Coominya and Fernvale.

“Our House is a home away from home for people living with physical or intellectual disability and  

supports Carinity’s mission and vision to provide disability services to a highly vulnerable client group and to support their carers,” Shannon said.

Services range from community nursing and management of complex care requirements to general domestic support and assistance with daily personal care.

Carinity Our House also provides social outings, on-site group activities, and short-term accommodation which provides respite for families and primary carers.

“As well as providing a vital community service, Carinity Our House is one of the largest employers in the Toogoolawah area, employing 25 staff in coordination and support worker roles,” Shannon said, “with a focus on growing its disability support services.” Our House client numbers have doubled since 2016.

The organisation also operates NDIS-approved support services in Boonah, Kalbar, Narangba and Beaudesert, while Carinity Home Care West Moreton also provides NDIS services to clients living close to Ipswich, with Our House supports home care package to clients in the Toogoolawah and Esk areas.