Mount Gambier Homes

Mount Gambier Homes

Ryder Cheshire Mt Gambier Home Foundation

President Matthew Dixon
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The Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Homes are comprised of two homes; Ryder and Cheshire

Our First Home – Ryder

The need for a home for people with disabilities in Mount Gambier was long recognised and in 2003 work commenced on a project to build the home Ryder. The home was opened in 2006. 

It is home for five women with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. These residents have ongoing support from support workers, and participate during the week in a range of vocational and recreational activities in the community.

The home was purpose designed. The opening of the home was the fruition of many years work by the Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Home Board, the Mount Gambier Ryder-Cheshire Support Group, and the local community.

Our Second Home – Cheshire

The aerial photos taken by Ockert LeRoux show the blue roofed first home, now named “Ryder” on the right and the red roofed second home, now named “Cheshire on the left.
 

We long recognised the need for a home for men. We had space adjacent to the current home so we commenced a project to build a second home.

Thanks to Federal Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin, we were successful in gaining funding from the BBRF (Building Better Regions Fund) and in late 2018 completed the build.

Management

The Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Homes are currently operated and managed on a rolling five year lease by HomeCare+ the service arm of ParaQuadSA.

The Ryder-Cheshire Mount Gambier Homes Board is responsible for the building, infrastructure, and has a responsibility to ensure that the residents are cared for in a manner which reflects the philosophies of our Founders. 

A Parent’s Committee liaises between the residents and the service provider. They are also represented on the Homes Board.

When it was built the home was innovative in that it provided studio style living accommodation with a cluster of en suites.

The objective was to provide a level of independence within a 24 hours per day care structure. One important emphasis was that support is provided across disabilities. This is now the approach preferred by Government.

Official Visits

In 2010 the home was visited by our Ryder-Cheshire patron The Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC. She was very impressed by the home and the way it operates.
The home was visited in 2011 by our state patron, the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR.

In 2017 the home was again visited by our Governor and Patron.  His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC and Mrs Lan Le enjoyed a great visit. Mrs Le offered to host a visit to Government House for the five residents. This happened and was greatly enjoyed by the women.
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