Greystanes Disability Services has been providing quality services to people with disabilities since 1958.
Greystanes was established in the late 1950s when Matron Elizabeth McDonald opened the original “Greystanes Children’s Home” in Leura at the corner of Grose and Megalong Streets (the current “Bygone Beautys” building). At that time, the grey stone building was called “Greystanes”.
The Process of Devolution
From 1997 to 2011, the organisation was named “Disability Enterprises” and in 2000, the process of devolution began. The NSW Government directed that the institution be devolved from a residential facility to community living in accordance with changes in philosophy and legislation relating to the care of people with disabilities. Greystanes now manages seven community homes in the Blue Mountains and Penrith as well as day activities for people with disabilities through Leura Day Options, seating and positioning equipment manufacturing for people with disabilities through Megalong Positioning Service (MPS) and the development of staff training materials and resources for families.
The process of devolution has been recorded in a DVD and kit created by Greystanes Disability Services called “A Place to Call Home – Talking About Devolution”. The kit was launched in May 2010 and has had a significant and positive impact on the disability sector. It is used by the Shut In Campaign to Close Institutions to demonstrate that people with disabilities who have high support needs should not be denied the right to live in the community. The DVD can be seen on Greystanes’ website or Greystanes' YouTube channel.
In recognition of its proud history, the organisation returned to its original name in 2011 is now known as Greystanes Disability Services or simply, Greystanes. Greystanes continues to provide high quality support to people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs so that they may participate fully in their lives in their local community. We are committed to person-centred, community-based services that are flexible and responsive to the needs and wishes of people with disabilities and their families.