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The Elouera Centre

Elouera Association Day Services in Cootamundra offer high quality services to people with a disability in the region. We offer innovative, flexible programs that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals. Familes, adocates and service users are central to the development of the individuals plan which shapes the services offered. Emphasis is placed on developing indipendant living skills and enabling each individual to achieve their maximum potential. Programs offered are educational and developmental and can include shopping, library, woodwork, cooking, internet access, literacy, and numeracy, protective behaviour training, swimming, sports, accessing community clubs, sensory stimulation and the use of adaptive and communication technology. Our aim is to meet your needs and goals.

Community Participation Program

Our Community

Participation Program helps young adults who have left school develop their social, living and personal skills.

Our service is Centre Based however a significant part of the program is accessing the communities facilities such as the swimming pool, library, parks and recreational facilities.

Programs can include work like activities and attendance at TAFE or local clubs.

A high level of support by staff is provided for our Community Participation service users and this will vary depending on the needs of the group at any given time.

In general this is a four to five day per week program with transport from home to the centre and return each day.

Our aim is to meet your needs and goals.

Program Enrolment Details Here

Life Choices

This program is similar to the Community Participation Program but it is for 25 to 54 year olds that are currently not receiving but could greatly benefit from a community access style program.

The aim is to encourage independence, build every day life skills, foster community and social participation and to promote involvement in recreational and leisure pursuits.

Participants develop an individual plan that details the activities and interests participants want from the program.

We need to apply for this program providing evidence of need and a budget for outcomes, this is prepared at the Elouera Head Office in consultation with you.


Transition to Work

Many School Leavers will be offered transition to work. This is a three day per week program that has the aim to assist the individual gain the skills and confidence to enter the work force.

We also can provide these supports with a program that is developed in consultation with the individual and their family.

Activities can include work experience at one of our businesses or other workplaces, training, worksite visits and some community access activities.

If work is not achieved in two years the individual will be rolled over into a Community Participation program. If TTW is offered but it is felt this is not the right program, we can assist with an appeal.

Program Enrolment Details Here

Types of Activities

These programs are as versatile as the imagination of the participants and may include but not be restricted to:-

· A visit to a show or exhibition

· Swimming

· Workplace visits

· Arts and crafts

· Music and film

· Literacy Training

· Cooking Skills

· Exercise Programs

· Transport Training

· Shopping

· Banking

A weekly program is provided that is in pictorial format to assist service users.






The Elouera Association Inc operates a number of buses and vehicles to and from regional towns to enable people with a disability to access our services.

We have a daily bus in Temora and Cootamundra and vehicles from Young and Harden to Cootamundra.

The Elouera Centre has two mini buses of its own to allow them to easily access the community and travel around the region. Staff pick up and drop off those accessing the service to and from their front door.

While Elouera does not receive funding for transport, it is recognised that in this region without it, many people would not be able to receive much needed supports.

In considering the services for your family member please feel free to discuss with us transport and how we can assist.

Many will be entitled to Centrelink mobility allowances.






The staffing at the Elouera Centre is based on need and numbers, however it will always be a high ratio due to the nature of the operation.

We have well trained staff so personal needs can be met with dignity. As the service grows so will staff numbers and the flexibility of the program. Staff receive in house training, attend seminars and TAFE style training to assist them in their role.

The Day Services are overseen by the Human Resources Officer at Head Office who also works at the service when required.

Our staff make the program enjoyable and safe for all involved.