Originally under the auspices of The Sisters of Mercy, all respite programs are provided in a caring manner to eligible residents within the district.
Working actively in the community to provide help and understanding with quality disability support services since 1990, TRCA offers services primarily to the southern Atherton Tablelands, and also an extended catchment area from Cardwell to Cape York. Since 1995 TRCA has been registered as an incorporated body with a volunteer Board of Management.
Our flagship Centre-based respite service operates from a large purpose built house in the heart of Atherton, which continues to be a valuable asset for the Tablelands community. The house was built in 1990 and was originally known as “Bethany”, however it is now known to most people simply as “Cook St”. The land on which it is built is owned by The Sisters of Mercy, whilst the building was funded by the Queensland Housing Department. The original funding to operate some services was supplied by the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care.
We also provide a range of in-home and community access programs, the Older Carer Initiative and we are privileged to have been chosen by numerous families to manage individual funding packages.
Our paid staff team is comprised of a Service Manager, 5 Program Coordinators, Finance Officer, Resource Development Officer, and Administration Assistant and of course our large team of Support Workers.
TRCA currently employs approx 50 people, mostly permanent part-time or casual and all of whom pride themselves on providing premium services to members of our community. The amazing dedication shown by these hard working, professional yet compassionate Coordinators and Support Workers provides well over 30,000 hours per year in quality respite and support services across all programs.
TRCA continues to provide quality care and is well situated to assist all Tablelands communities and surrounding district residents with the utmost care and attention in their time of need. TRCA will soon be a registered Host Provider for the Your Life Your Choice initiative, which is the Qld Government’s transitional arrangement in preparation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.