Back in 1950 a small band of loving parents in Wollongong decided that their children with intellectual disabilities deserved a quality education
close to home. Despite being refused repeatedly for funding by the Government, the parents persevered with their own fundraising and in 1953
Greenacres Special School opened with only 16 pupils.
By the late 1950s Greenacres School had grown significantly and parents were concerned about the lack of employment opportunities available to
their children when they left school. Once again fundraising began in earnest and by 1963 a workshop had been built and school leavers were
busy filling an order for 120 blackboards and easels.
Over the coming decades, Greenacres continued to be an innovative pioneer in disability services, constantly adapting and evolving with the needs
of the people who used our services - the people we call our Greenacres family.
Today, Greenacres is one of the leading disability service provider in the region, providing services and programs from 30 different sites in Wollongong
and the Shoalhaven. Every week we support close to 900 people to live the life they imagine.
From the initial little school back in 1953 to the multifaceted organisation we have today, every program and service has been developed with one
goal in mind – enriching the lives of people with disability by giving them choice.
Our sites and services may have grown but the one thing that hasn’t changed since 1953 is that we want the very best for every person who walks
through our doors. Over sixty years later, we are still the Greenacres family.