Our History

history 1

1953      A group of parents banded together to provide education for their children who had been denied access to the standard education system. The group purchased Windgap, an old house at 90 Mount Street, Coogee.

1955      Windgap Special School opened. Families became members of the Eastern Suburbs/South Sydney branch of the Sub-Normal Children’s Welfare Association (SCWA). The branch became known locally as Windgap.

1962      Windgap Activity Therapy Centre opened as an annexe to the Windgap Special School, providing day programs for school leavers and adults.

1972      Windgap Enterprises opened as a sheltered workshop, employing people with intellectual disabilities.

1979      Gumnut Play Therapy Group opened for children with special needs aged 0−5 years.

1983      Windgap Cottages opened at Little Bay, providing accommodation for 21 residents.

Warrina Cottage opened at Daceyville for four people with severe and profound intellectual and physical  disabilities.

1987      McCullagh Cottage, made possible by a generous donation from the McCullagh family, opened at Mascot.

1988      Winpex Printing Services established in partnership with Apex Clubs of Australia.

1989      Connare Special School transferred to Wairoa Special School at Bondi

Windgap Foundation Limited incorporated. It then acquired assets of the Eastern Suburbs/South Sydney branch of Challenge Foundation and commenced operations.

1990      Windgap Workcrews (Wincrew) Service established.

1992      Windgap Community Access and Support Service (CASS) opened at Mount Street.

1993      The late Hon. Jim Kaldis MLC and Mrs Heather Kaldis provided a property at 18 King Street, Eastlakes, for Windgap to use as a supported accommodation service for six years.

1994      Garden Street CASS commenced operations at Maroubra Junction.

The original site for Windgap services at 90 Mount Street, Coogee, was sold.

1995      Coward Street Community Access Service opened at Mascot.

1996      The first Post School Options (PSO) user joined Windgap. This program enabled school leavers with high support needs to participate in community activities.

The Department of Ageing & Disability funded the relocation of the Windgap Cottages’ residents in order to meet new Disability Services Standards.

Hayes Road Cottage opened.

1997      Gale Road Cottage opened as the first move from Windgap Cottages to community housing.

1998      Tweedmouth Cottage at Rosebery opened.

1999      The Adult Training Learning and Support (ATLAS) program for school leavers started, operating in conjunction with the PSO program.

2001      Draper Centre at Botany opened.

2004      Windgap achieved Quality Assurance certification under the Commonwealth Disability Services Standards.

2005      Transition to Work and Community Participation programs commenced for school leavers, supporting them to transfer from school to work.

2008      Windgap won a National Business Services Excellence Award.

2009      Windgap expanded Day Programs services to East Sydney Day Programs site at Botany.

Windgap gained approval to provide Active Ageing and Life Choices programs.

Business Services adopted its new name, Australian Disability Enterprises.

2010      Reconfiguration of Residential Services commenced and the first six residents moved into a newly renovated house.

Carlton Street property was purchased, with financial support from Ageing, Disability and Home Care ADHC.

2011      Growability started in order to secure a cleaning and landscaping contract with Spotless.

Tweedmouth Cottage reopened after renovations are completed.

2012      Transition to Retirement (TTR) programs started and the TTR Art Café established.

Windgap became an approved provider for The Supported Living Fund.

2013     Hospitality and Learning Centre established.

Harcourt Parade Cottage opened.

60th Anniversary of Windgap.

30th Anniversary of Residential Services.

2014   McCullagh Cottage reopened after renovations are completed.

Building works on two new purpose built houses commenced in Pagewood and Little Bay.

Windgap expanded Residential Services with the commencement of services from a site at Anglesea Streetat Bondi.

2015 Bega Street Residential opened its doors

Mr Espresso By Windgap established

Transition To Retirement renamed to Life After Work

Page Street Residential opened its doors