The Oakleigh Centre commenced in 1950 as a playgroup set up by parents and became a kindergarten in 1959. The kindergarten became a school and then as the children grew up, an adult craft centre was established.
Over the years, a number of other services including accommodation, a workshop and a recreation program were established. Today there are a number of other services besides Connections.
1 Allen Street
1 Allen Street provides permanent accommodation. Active staffing is provided 24 hours each day for people requiring moderate to high levels of support. The main focus of the service is meeting the needs of the individual in areas such as daily living, recreation and social development.
9 Allen Street
9 Allen Street provides permanent accommodation for adults requiring low to medium levels of support. Active staff support is provided 15 hours per day with a sleepover from 10pm to 7am. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of each resident in a home like environment.
Community Housing Program (CHP)
CHP currently provides community based accommodation in 8 houses for adults with an intellectual disability. The service aims to provide individuals with opportunities to develop independent living skills, access community activities and experience a lifestyle that is the same as other community members. Staffing levels vary depending upon the support needs of the residents but residents are required to be much more independent than in 1 and 9 Allen Street.
Oakleigh Centre Industries (OCI)
Oakleigh Centre Industries provides vocational training and permanent employment for over 100 people who have a disability. A variety of work is carried out focusing mainly on packaging, light assembly and process work. The service is located at 1088 Centre Road, Oakleigh South.
There are also 2 opportunity shops in the community that offer an environment where numeracy and social skills are acquired through retailing and dealing with the public.