About

GBSS Clients in the Apple & Grape Parade

GBSS Clients in the Apple & Grape Parade

Granite Belt Support Services Inc directly supports over 140 families and individuals in the Stanthorpe area, and is extending into the Southern Downs, Queensland and Hunter/New England NSW regions. We provide services and support to individuals with disabilities from ages 0-65 years.

Our Therapy Services includes Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology for children aged 0-18 years. Our programs extend to most schools and child care centres in the district providing support to teachers and students and families.

Our Respite and Day Services team supports individuals with a wide range of disabilities from ages 0-65 years.

Host Provider Service assists individuals and families to purchase relevant and necessary supports to meet their needs.

GBSS Clients in the Busking Championships

GBSS Clients in the Busking Championships

GBSS Inc now offer a range of DS funded services adding Post Schools, Day Services, Respite, including overnight and Adult Lifestyle contracts to the block funded programs.

We are also a Registered provider for the Department of Social Services, Helping Children with Autism and Better Start Programs.

The organisation also works with Commonwealth Carer Respite to provide emergency Respite to carers as well as networking with other NGO’s to bring services to the district.  Sport, Recreation and Holiday Programs are regular events along with innovative programs including the Speakers Social Club and the Junior Speakers Social Club.

GBSS Respite Cottage

GBSS Respite Cottage

Seminars and training brought to the district by Granite Belt Support Services Inc are accessed by individuals, families and professionals throughout the region.

Granite Belt Support Services Inc is well known for the innovative programs and work practices implemented by the organisation. Representatives from the organisation regularly are called on to provide seminars and presentations in the Disability and Community Services industry. The organisation has been written up in industry journals.

GBSS Inc is still run by a committee comprising family members of people with a disability, individuals with a disability and interested community members.  Their passion and vision have brought the organisation a long way since its inception in 1990 and we are planning to continue to grow and develop bringing services and employment to the region.

HISTORY

The organisation was founded in 1990 by parents, teachers and interested community members to administer funding to employ Therapists for Early Intervention and School based Therapy programs for children with Disabilities 0-18yrs.  The service received funding from the Dept of Youth and Community Care, now Dept of Communities, Disability Services, to provide Supported Accommodation in 1996 and shortly after 1997 began Respite Services in the district.