Member Profile - Activ Foundation

In 1951 a group of families who believed their children living with intellectual disability deserved better, came together in support of each other. They envisioned choice and freedom for all, where people living with a disability had the opportunities to enjoy full participation in their community and empower them to pursue the life they choose.

That group evolved into Activ Foundation, one of the largest disability services providers in Western Australia. Their history and that fundamental belief in people is what still drives Activ today.

With over 65 years of supporting people living with intellectual and developmental disability means they love what they do and have a passion for people. The foundation is privileged to support more than 2,000 individuals and their families across Western Australia - of these roundly 300 clients receive accommodation services. Activ’s purpose, vision and values all combine to explain what they stand for and why you can believe in them to provide these quality services.

Through its head office in Wembley, Activ has a large number of employment, accommodation and community sites across the Perth metro region. You can also find the foundation in Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Busselton, Bunbury and Geraldton. 

Across Western Australia, Activ has approximately 1300 team members who work hard to provide a secure range of services including:

Accommodation: Activ helps individuals achieve and maintain a level of independence in their own home through its shared and independent living options.

Home and Community Care: Home and Community Care provides support to people living with disability to maintain independence in their own homes.

Supported Employment: Activ provides meaningful employment to more than 1,000 people living with disability across metropolitan and regional Western Australia. Employees work in a team environment and are encouraged to develop their skills and abilities in a modern working facility. Through ongoing support from our professional and dedicated staff, employees are encouraged to work towards achieving their personal goals. 

People, Skills and Community: Activ’s community and lifestyle supports promotes participation in everyday life and provides customers with the opportunity to try something new, meet new people and develop their independence.

Library: The Activ Library is a knowledge centre for disability information in Western Australia. The library has more than 8,000 items including books, DVDs, training materials and journals, with a strong focus on intellectual disability and autism.

Pathways: Activ Pathways, our registered training organisation, delivers nationally recognised courses and qualifications enabling participants to develop their work skills and increase opportunities for rewarding employment.

Respite: Adult and children’s respite services allow carers of people living with disability the opportunity to recharge, relax or attend to other commitments while also providing people with disability the opportunity to meet new people and try new activities.

Activ sees the advantage of Shelter WA membership through being represented by a peak body in the housing arena, as the foundation believes we need to work together as a sector, disseminate the important sector information, have a strong sector leader like Shelter WA to represent its views to industry and Government.

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