AGE Concern Albury-Wodonga has called a special meeting for Wednesday to dissolve the organisation and join CareWest.
Age Concern has been providing services to the elderly and disabled in the twin citiessince the mid-1970s.
Buta 75 per cent vote of financial and life members is being sought to join CareWest ahead of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s introduction in the Riverina-Murray area in July next year.
General manager Jodie Hayes said CareWest was a suitable entity to join forces with.
“We looked at amalgamating with another organisation a couple of years ago,” she said.
“But Age Concern opted to withdraw a few months before it was to happen.
“We sat back and let the dust settle and continued to look around.
“The NDIS poses some challenges for us.
“We are trying to be jacks of all trades and masters of some.
“But Carewest has asenior manager for disabilities, a senior manager for aged, tender writers, finance people.”
CareWest was established in 1984 at Orange and operates in other NSW regional centres including Griffith, Bathurst and Dubbo.
It has a small presence in Albury presently.
If the vote is successful, Ms Hayes said those who access Aged Concern services presently would see little change.
“Theywant Age Concern to stay pretty much as is,” she said.
“Same building, same staff, same programs and because they are not based here they need us.”
All existing funding agreements will be rolled over to CareWest under the proposed future operating model.
In anticipating of the major change, Ms Hayes said Age Concern would end its long-standing involvement with the Manual Activities Centre next door to the Lavington Swim Centre.
“It was very important that we were in control of our decisions,” Ms Hayes said.
Age Concern hasthree full-time staff members, five part-timers and 155 volunteers.
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