Minda's 2016-17 Annual Report

It was pleasing to see a good turnout at this year’s AGM held in Verco Hall at Minda Brighton on Sunday 19 November.

In addressing the attendees about the year that was and the many achievements, it is apparent that our 2016-17 Annual Report reflects the fact that Minda is perfectly poised to adapt, respond and best support a growing number of South Australians and their families under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Minda – like all other proactive disability sector organisations – has had to evolve in the way it operates to meet the new operating environment. There can be no doubt that Minda will look and feel quite different in the years to come. In time we will further broaden our focus across housing options, aged care and seniors living, social enterprises, education and training, consultancy and advocacy.

To survive and flourish, it is critical for Minda to become much more than a disability service provider, and our Minda 2020 strategic plan ensures we remain a leader and support people with disability to live extraordinary lives.

A major highlight of the year was the ongoing progress achieved for our Master Plan, with the start of Stage 2 construction for Brighton North and Brighton Dunes. Construction has progressed so well that we recently saw a number of people move into a number of newly-completed homes, which offer a more contemporary model of service delivery and state-of-the-art technologies.

We also saw our commercial enterprises continue their transition to an innovative Social Enterprise model designed to maximise engagement for people who have significant employment disadvantages and move toward self-generating income.

As I speak with people across the wider disability sector it reinforces to me how far advanced Minda has become in leading the industry. It is little wonder that we have seen unprecedented demand for our Disability Choices program, with more than 500 new people supported with mentoring, in-home support and recreation activities in the reporting period.

During the reporting year we expanded into Adelaide’s northern areas with the opening of the Elizabeth office, which saw our number of NDIS customers more than double during the 12-month period. We have now officially opened the Modbury office and are planning for expansion into Mount Gambier early in the New Year.

We celebrated the commissioning of the new Minda Laundry at Lonsdale, and winning a number of major new contracts means we are now on the lookout for more people wanting to work in a supported employment role.

We continue to go from strength to strength thanks to the collective efforts of our staff and volunteers, who come to Minda each and every day with the drive, dedication and passion needed to make the lives of the many people we support as extraordinary as they can be.

And I remain very proud to be a part of that collective – and vitally important – effort to change lives.

Cathy Miller
Chief Executive Officer