ULLADULLA MILTON Lions Club

District 201N2, New South Wales, Australia

Jindelara

Established 1st January 2005, The “Jindelara Disability Respite House Project” aims to provide a quality short – term residential facility for young people with disabilities.

The facility will provide much needed respite for their carers so that they can rest and recharge.

The Lions – Ulladulla District Community Foundation was established to support local needs within the community and selected the disability respite house as its first project. The Foundation is administered by representatives of the local service clubs, the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Milton Ulladulla and the Milton Ulladulla Apex Club, together with prominent members of the community.

The Foundation are raising funds for a purpose built facility in the local area to provide families with the opportunity to access respite care without the need to travel. Respite care provides some “normal” time for families who care full time for someone with a disability.

25th July 2015 a fund raiser was held, hosted by her worship the Mayor Joanna Gash, the Mayoral Gala was an outstanding success.

The Theme of the night was Christmas in July.

Formalities on the night were kept to a minimum – really! – so there was hours to chat or dance, dance, dance to music by local live band “The Shambles”! 

Funds went to a most worthy cause, the construction of the new Jindelara Cottage in Ulladulla.


Because of our sponsors we were confidently expecting to raise over $20,000. We hoped to leverage this to $40,000+ of construction with the generous support of local building suppliers and tradespeople. 


27th June 2012

IT'S a small letter that packs a big punch.

Ulladulla resident Shirley Neilsen wrote to the Times this week thanking the "wonderful people" from the Lions Club of Milton-Ulladulla and the Jindelara committee for organising a pilot respite care program for people with disabilities.

"It couldn't have come at a better time as I haven't been well," she wrote.

As previously reported in the Times, Shirley is now the sole carer of grandson Eric.

Eric shared a particularly close bond with his grandfather before he passed away two years ago.

"Looking after an 18-year-old boy with physical disabilities when you are 76 isn't easy and as much as I love him it can be very stressful and physically very hard," she told the Times.

"Having the respite in Ulladulla means so much.

"I can rest easy knowing that he is close if he needs me. As I am not getting any younger I would like to see Eric settled in a group home with other young adults."

Tonight, local residents are being encouraged to turn out in force to support plans for a multipurpose centre in the Ulladulla area offering respite care as well as group accommodation for young people with disabilities.

The meeting will be held at the Dunn Lewis Centre commencing at 4.30pm - not at the Anglican Church in Ulladulla as previously reported.

It will be chaired by a member of the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club with speakers to include a member of the Jindelara committee whose daughter is severely disabled and a member of the Lions club to talk about the club's involvement to date and its hopes for the future.

Those people attending today's meeting will be asked to endorse the vision for a respite care facility/group home in the local area, to step forward in the campaign to support such a facility and to understand there will need to be a fundraising campaign to turn the dreams of so many local people into a reality.

Bev Johnson, a member of the Jindelara committee and a volunteer with the pilot program, heaped praise on the Lions club for its financial support of the respite care program.

She said the program had provided planned short-term breaks for families and carers of young people a disability.

It had provided "positive and meaningful experiences" for the young people involved and at the same time had given carers a break from their usual caregiving role.

"The community members who came along as volunteers, such as myself, also found this program very rewarding and enjoyable," she said.

Bev said 10 families had been involved in the pilot program - but it was hoped this number would increase as the project continued.

"Having respite available in Ulladulla meant the people with disabilities could still attend their school or work placement whilst in respite.

"This is not usually possible as the majority of respite is either in Bomaderry or Batemans Bay.

"Several of the parents and carers have personally thanked the people involved with the program as the effect on their lives was immense."

Bev said the pilot program had a "definite impact" on the welfare of the community because young people with a disability had more access to respite care and didn't have to travel out of the area to receive this service.

"The health and well-being of parents and grandparents - especially those who are ageing - was also noticeably enhanced."

TODAY’S meeting will be held at the Dunn-Lewis Centre in Ulladulla commencing at 4.30pm.

"All community members with an interest in or (who) could help this project and would like to be involved in any way are urged to attend," Jindelara committee member Bev Johnson said this week.


4th July 2012

LOCAL residents attending a public meeting in Ulladulla last week have thrown their overwhelming support behind plans for a respite care facility and group home for young people with disabilities in the Milton-Ulladulla region.

Two motions were unanimously passed at last Wednesday afternoon's meeting at the Dunn Lewis Centre.

The first was to support the vision of Jindelara - to provide high quality permanent and short term residential accommodation for people with a disability to enable them to enjoy a fulfilling life and reach their potential as part of the Milton-Ulladulla community.

The second was to support the launch of a fundraising vehicle, the Lions Ulladulla District Disability Foundation, to receive pledges, bequests and tax deductable donations.

The only concern expressed at the meeting was that a facility such as Jindelara simply couldn't happen quickly enough for some local families.

As reported in last week's edition of the Times, the Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club has been working with the Jindelara committee in recent weeks on a pilot respite care program using premises generously provided by Yurana Cancer Kids Holiday Homes.

One parent told the Times at last Wednesday's meeting that the respite care service had made it possible for her and her husband to enjoy their first 'date' in more than 10 years.

The club is now hoping to continue with the pilot program given its success and the obvious need for respite care in the Milton-Ulladulla region, but conceded that the $13,000 spent on the program over the past nine weeks had represented a "significant investment".

Lions club member Brian Thompson, who chaired last Wednesday's meeting, started proceedings on a very positive note.

"We (the Lions club) believe our goal is achievable," he said.

Mr Thompson said the club has been looking to establish a foundation 12 months ago to assist a local cause when the Milton-Ulladulla Times published a series of stories highlighting the desperate need for a respite care facility and group home for young people with disabilities in the Milton-Ulladulla region.

He said the club had met with the Jindelara committee and its analysis had confirmed the "desperate need" for respite care and permanent accommodation.

"Many meetings later we've arrived at this particular point," he told the meeting.

Allison Wade, whose 18-year-old daughter is disabled, was one of the founding members of the Jindelara committee.

She said parents had initially been full of energy and enthusiasm but lost their motivation "because we didn't seem to be getting anywhere".

Mrs Wade said it was 'scary' to think "that we will die one day and our children won't be settled".

"We want all our children in a place where we can visit them and when there is a special occasion we can bring them home".

Mrs Wade thanked the Lions club and Yurana for their involvement in the pilot respite care program describing the benefits as "amazing".

She said the pilot program had alleviated the need for parents and carers to travel to Bomaderry or Batemans Bay, adding that there was "nothing worse" than receiving a call at 11pm at night to go and collect a sick child.

She said children in respite care locally could still attend school and make the most of a "great opportunity for learning" while parents and carers could make appointments and attend work functions.

Mrs Wade said the pilot program had been a "real blessing" and had given parents a taste of what life could be like.

Jindelara Village, she said, would help people with a "vast range of abilities and disabilities" and provide a place "where they are known and where they know people".

"I hope you are as excited about this project as I am," Mrs Wade said.

"Maybe this time in five years we will be turning out first sod - maybe sooner."

Lions club member Alan McDonald thanked everyone for their interest and also thanked the Times for its support.

Mr McDonald said the Lions club was confident of raising enough money for Jindelara Village through Lions International, through grants from government and non-government organisations and through tax-deductible donations and bequests.

He said one of the main things would be finding suitable land on which to build the facility.

Hopefully, he said, someone would come forward with land they were willing to either donate or sell at a bargain-basement price.

Lions club member Greg Best said he was confident the project could be achieved in a "reasonable period of time".

"I can't see the need for it take 20 years," he said, referring to the length of time to get a similar facility up and running in Quaama, near Bega.

"The money will come if the pressure is there ... but it won't come as a lump (sum) unless we work together," Mr Best said.

- Information is currently being sought from local residents with an interest in the respite/group home as users, volunteers, people qualified to work with the disabled or simply interested members of the community. Feedback forms are available from the Milton-Ulladulla Times office, upstairs in The Plaza.


8th January 2015

THE Jindelara House offering respite care for families and people living with disabilities might be built by the end of this year following a massive community fundraising effort.

Officials from the Lions Ulladulla District Community Foundation, which has taken on building the Jindelara house as its first project, are already looking for suitable blocks of land around Ulladulla due to the fundraising’s success.

Jindelara Foundation chairman Greg Best said officials were already in discussions with the vendors of a few different sites.

He said he hoped to have the final site tied up in the next few weeks, with building work on the respite care home possibly starting in autumn.

Fundraising from the local community has been so successful the Lions International Foundation is expected to kick in with a massive contribution of $100,000 US in March, while a further funding application for federal government assistance has been lodged with Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis.

Mr Best said Lions International was likely to come of board with financial support because it had been “impressed by the level of local support” for the Jindelara project.

“The level of local fundraising gives a great sense of local ownership,” Mr Best added.

The overall result is the plans are moving ahead faster than envisaged by anyone on the committee, which included representatives of Rotary and Apex.

“Our plan initially was to have a respite care house, then look at long-term housing for people with disabilities,” Mr Best said.

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“However we’re now in the position to start looking at the second phase, which is the group home for people with disabilities.

“We’re now in a position where we can lift our eyes to phase two.”

And it was happening “a damn site earlier than a lot of people thought it would be,” he explained.

Jindelara has been advised to find separate locations for the respite centre and the group home, because of their different needs.

Brian Thompson from the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club said many local tradespeople had indicated their willingness to help build a respite home and group home, and he was confident that would substantially reduce the cost of building a home to specifically suit people with disabilities.

He expected the respite home to comprise at least three bedrooms and cover at least 212 square metres, however the final design would depend on the site.

Mr Best said he expected Jindelara to employ trained carers along with volunteers to augment services, while there had also been discussion with TAFE about training staff for the different services.

By developing skills and experience through the system, “we will be much better equipped to handle an expansion,” he said.


24th April 2015

FACILITIES for people with disabilities in the Milton Ulladulla area just received a massive boost with a block of land for the Jindelara disability respite home identified and paid for.

The 895 square metre block on the corner of the Princes Highway and Nurrawallee Street in Ulladulla settled last week after the Lions Ulladulla District Community Foundation managed to get hold of it for just $150,000.

Foundation chairman Brian Thompson said the site had been on the market for $199,000 and had sold, but the sale had fallen through.

“We went up and offered $150,000 and they accepted it, so we’re ecstatic,” Brian said.

The local community has raised about $200,000 for the project, and $30,000 is being used to fund the land purchase, with the remainder borrowed from the Bendigo Bank.

Brian explained the remainder of the raised money was being kept to help fund demolition of a derelict home and shed on the property, and construction of a new purpose-built home specifically to cater for people with disabilities.

“The community’s been absolutely fantastic in the way they’ve responded,” Brian said.

That has extended to plans to build the home, with many organisations and individuals offering to do work for free or at heavily reduced prices.

Neil Wallace is preparing an asbestos removal plan for the site, and once the existing buildings are demolished and the site is cleared, the first job will be to prepare a brief in conjunction with the Jindelara committee to give to architect and Rotarian Emile Jansen, who has offered to design the four or five bedroom home.

Tory Puglisi has offered to supervise the construction, and a plumber has offered to do all the plumbing work for free.

“Everything is really starting to motor,” Brain said.

He is also waiting to hear on a funding application to the Lions Club International Fund, but in the meantime is asking local clubs and organisations to consider running special fundraising events to help make the disability respite home a reality.

The committee and Jindelara can provide guest speakers for any event planned.

Brian said the block’s location close to the Budawang School and the Ulladulla central business district was “absolutely perfect”.

“You couldn’t get a better location.”

Ulladulla Milton Lions Club members were on the property on Tuesday to clean it out ahead of the demolition.