Moe Life Skills Community Centre was founded in the 1980s by parents and community members. It was their vision to empower people with disabilities to fully exercise their rights and responsibilities as contributing citizens.
Moe Life Skills is committed to providing the highest quality supports to enable people with disabilities, their families and carers to maximise their independence and inclusion in the mainstream community.
As an organisation, our mission is to enable people to achieve their goals and aspirations by:
- Encouraging lifelong learning
- Providing a supportive and stimulating environment
- Offering experiential learning opportunities
- Being open to change
Our Guiding Principles
- We will keep true to our core purpose and promise to people with disabilities, their families and carers
- We will relish uncertainty and change as an opportunity to be fluid, responsive and relevant
- We will be an experimental, adventurous, innovative and learning organisation
- We will favour partnering and collaboration to build inclusive communities over competition for market share
- We will take the task of graduating people with disabilities into an inclusive community seriously
In 1983 a group of parents and community members from Moe and Newborough formed a committee to discuss how they could help people access services in their local community. Prior to the establishment of the organisation most people travelled to Cooinda Hill, a disability provider in Traralgon, to access services provided there but not in Moe.
Over the following two years, the committee and its volunteers organised many fundraising activities including running stalls, collecting donations and local involvement at the opportunity shop.
In 1985 Department of Human Services built a community residential unit on Saxtons Drive in Moe. The committee decided to use the money collected to build a day service on High Street in Moe. Along with the funds raised by the Cork Club in Morwell, the Victorian Government provided a $190,000 grant to build and fit the building, and the Latrobe City Council leased the land for a small fee of $1.00 a year.
People first started at the unit for six months, after which 11 people attended the new building on High Street. The building was formerly known as Moe Friends of the Disabled and after a year it was changed to Moe Life Skills Community Centre.
In 1999 Moe Life Skills further expanded its services to become a registered training organisation and it delivers nationally recognised vocational education and training across Victoria.
To better support people with high complex needs, Moe Life Skills opened a second centre at Parer Avenue in 2002.
In 2016 the disability arm of Moe Life Skills was registered as Life Skills Disability Service and it provides quality, flexible, individualised supports for people with disabilities.
Also in 2016 the training arm of Moe Life Skills was registered as Life Skills Education Victoria and it provides pathways for further education, training and employment statewide.
In keeping with its vision and mission to promote inclusion of people of all abilities within the local community, the ‘high street community hub’ was opened next door on High Street in 2016. The goal of the hub is to provide a community space for people of all walks of life, backgrounds, ages and abilities.
With the impending rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Moe Life Skills became a registered provider in 2017.