Araluen is a vibrant community where people’s opinions matter
Araluen provides quality supports for adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Melbourne’s north-east suburbs. Operations include:
Chancez Cafe supported hospitality facility
Community-based learning with Melbourne Polytechnic
One-to-one Skills Development
Art and Multimedia Studios; and
Accredited and non-accredited pre-vocational certificate training
Our origins go back to the 1960s when a frustrated group of parents started a playgroup for their children in a garage in Kew because of the lack of supports available for a person with an intellectual disability at the time.
Those parents went on to start the service that has grown to become Araluen as we’re known today. The founding principles of imagination and determination are still with us and Araluen continues to embrace change for the exciting new opportunities it can bring the people we support.
Imagining and achieving better lives
Inspiring, empowering and supporting people to have great lives!
We facilitate, support, listen to, advocate for, encourage and enable participants to fulfil their goals and become their best. We maintain open, honest communication with family members and support networks. We are guided by respect for individual dignity in our decision making and interactions. We value our staff and their development.
We adhere to our Code of Ethics and are committed to positive, trusting and respectful long-term relationships between all members of our community. We are determined to achieve our stated goals (as far as possible). We have a reporting culture that does not tolerate abuse and neglect.
We undertake our roles with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. We are committed to achieving great outcomes with our participants and their support networks, creatively developing new and unimagined opportunities for each individual.
Our Support Bases
At each of our locations, a vast range of on-site learning and social activities happen. From home base, you can learn the skills you need to achieve your goals and branch out into the community with increased self-confidence and abilities. Several of our sites are located right next to public transport and within easy reach of useful public facilities.
Araluen’s Support Bases are located in:
- Lower Plenty
- Araluen Primed, Rosanna
- Diamond Creek