Windgap Foundation supports people with an intellectual disability to live their lives with independence and integrity through its Residential, Windgap Enterprise and Day Program Services. Through these services, with ongoing training and support, Windgap empowers people with intellectual disabilities to strive for success and to excel in their skills.
Windgap is one of the oldest, most recognised and strategically focused support service providers in NSW. The organisation was founded in 1953 by a group of parents who had been denied schooling for their children. They purchased a residence in Coogee and named it ‘Windgap’. Since then, Windgap has become well recognised within the community, not only for its outstanding track record but also because of the variety and quality of services it provides.
Windgap continues to strive for excellence in service delivery through recognising the need for continuous employee learning, development and growth, along with prudent financial stewardship to carry out Windgap’s mission, which is:
‘To improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities by supporting them in reaching their full potential and raising community awareness as to their needs and aspirations.’
Windgap’s Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) and Growability Service have certification in two internationally accredited standards:
“My sister Diana Sisa has been with Windgap for a very long time. Since it operated (only) as a school for the intellectually disabled in Mount St Coogee. Recently, Di has not been well and has needed to spend most of the last 2 weeks with me, we’ve needed to see doctors, have tests/scans etc. in preparation for a procedure in hospital. Diana couldn’t wait to get back to her residence at Tweedmouth to be with the other clients she lives with and to attend her Day Care Centre at Cass Draper, Daniel St Botany. She loves her life and friends/the people she associates with at Windgap/carers etc. And obviously the activities provided for her through the Day Programs. She has a better social life than I do!
I called Tweedmouth today to see how she was. I was told that she seemed better and was in a very happy mood…hearing that reduced my stress levels and health concerns regarding Diana’s currents issues, and made me happy too. It was such a relief for me! I do not know how either of us would manage without the care and support that Windgap provides for clients and families similar to Diana.
Thank you to all the wonderful and dedicated people who make Windgap such a very special organization who truely champion the cause of those with an intellectually disability”.