More than 25 years ago, a group of parents set out to create a better future for their sons and daughters. Their vision was to develop a respite service that would offer their children, and those of the Fraser Coast community a home away from home, with the same family values and ideals that they held dear. They worked together to secure funding from the Queensland Government for the organisation and in January of 1993, Fraser Coast Family Networks Inc. was born.
Originally named the Maryborough/Hervey Bay Respite Group Incorporated, the organisation quickly developed a reputation for their excellent short term accommodation support for young people with disabilities.
From here, Fraser Coast Family Networks has added further supports, always with the same values and family first priorities that the organisation is known for. Supports such as vacation care for children through the school holiday period, helping people in their own homes, and assisting people to experience the joy of community through outings and experiences.
When Fraser Coast Family Networks noticed that the local bike shop, Wilcox Bikes was for sale, they saw the tremendous opportunity this could offer people with disabilities to experience working in a real community business. Fully owned and operated by FCFN, Wilcox Bikes is run as a social enterprise, where life skills are taught and practiced in a safe and respectful environment.
One of FCFN signature supports developed from the desire for genuine community involvement into what is now known as our Adventure Team. This very popular group travels to many locations all over the Fraser Coast, with the support of many local business. Participants are always having fun and doing something creative.
FCFN now employs over 60 staff, working in multiple sites around the Fraser Coast. We have developed our own innovative and highly praised online training platform, Metas Training, that delivers educational courses and staff information over computers and smartphones to staff no matter which site they are working on. This keeps our staff up to date with the latest information and allows them to continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for our participants.