Lismore Lions Club building a ramp for Lismore Challenge in 1999.
Lismore Lions Club building a ramp for Lismore Challenge in 1999. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Multitask building on years of support

MULTITASK'S history is based around supporting people with disabilities, their families and the community, working together to ensure that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to participate in and be active members of their community.

The organisation originated in a public meeting held in June 1952, which led to the formation of a branch of the Subnormal Children's Welfare Association.

This dedicated group established a school for children with intellectual disabilities called Kayleena. This school in later years became Wilson Park Special School operated by the Department of Education.

The next step forward was the establishment of a sheltered workshop in February 1968 to enable clients to obtain employment and develop skills. This facility continues today, known as an Australian Disability Enterprise.

In 1980, the first residential house was opened, and in 1984 the organisation became known as the Lismore Challenge Foundation of NSW.

Lismore Challenge CEO Steven Gill (left) and Chairman John Corcoran with the building plans for the six-unit residential development in East Lismore in 1995.
Lismore Challenge CEO Steven Gill (left) and Chairman John Corcoran with the building plans for the six-unit residential development in East Lismore in 1995.

The organisation continued its sustained expansion and now offers four main areas of business: business services, day services, residential services and outreach.

July 1, 2007 saw a company restructure, in which Lismore Challenge Ltd became the holding company, and Multitask Human Resource Foundation Ltd became the operations company in charge of all aspects of service delivery.

In the past five years, Multitask has expanded its disability services in Lismore, Grafton, Tamworth, Ballina, Casino, Mullumbimby, Nimbin and Kempsey, and more recently has broadened the operational base to include children's services across many areas of NSW.

Multitask's clients have been supported to live independently, find employment, study, travel overseas and buy their own homes.

In 2014, Multitask is looking forward to further expansion with a continuing focus on providing support for individuals in a climate where individuals have greater choice and control over their funding and in achieving their individual goals.

 

 

 

What's on:

Celebrating 61 years of service to the community:

When: Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Where: 296 Molesworth St, Lismore.

Entertainment:

Five-piece band Blak Boi.

Solo artist Kerrianne Cox.

React Circus (performances and workshops).

Four-piece hip hop and DJ Supafresh.

Tommy Franklin, aka Salty Rain, our dancing man.

There will also be face painting, stalls, food and beverages, Hall of Fame, photobooth and a special birthday cake.

The Northern Star reported on the community meeting that originated Multitask back in June 1952.
The Northern Star reported on the community meeting that originated Multitask back in June 1952.

 

Back in 2002, Lismore Challenge already offered living skills classes to thief clients.
Back in 2002, Lismore Challenge already offered living skills classes to thief clients.


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