Wesley Community Living began in the early 1980s to enable people with mild intellectual disabilities to live independently while also providing support.
Pinnaroo was a hostel run by Wesley Mission—some referred to it as Wesley Residential Services. It was a 40 bed facility with 38 clients in residence, located in Burwood. In line with de-institutionalisation it was decided that the residents should be slowly transitioned into the community. Wesley Mission was assisted via funding from government departments throughout the process. Pinnaroo was closed after the last clients left.
The transition process started pre-1983, prior to the release of the Richmond Report and as such was seen as very progressive. The Richmond Report recommended moving people out of mental institutions to be cared for in the community. Those people who transitioned to independent living became the core of a new drop-in support program now called Community Living.
Wesley Mission has been working with people with disabilities for more than 40 years. Throughout this time we have piloted a number of new support programs and demonstrated an ability to stay up to date with demands and developments in the field.
As services for people with disabilities have become more sophisticated, Wesley Mission has tailored services accordingly. We are able to draw on a number of networks and resources that we have built up over the years to offer people with a disability and their families a high standard of care.