Mandurah-based care providers to merge to create larger organisation


Care Options’ Sheilah Cummins, Volunteer Task Force’s Kath Snell and Community First’s David Shelton.
Care Options’ Sheilah Cummins, Volunteer Task Force’s Kath Snell and Community First’s David Shelton.

PERTH-based care providers Care Options, Volunteer Task Force and Community First, all of whom have Mandurah outlets, are set to merge to create a bigger, stronger WA-based organisation offering a range of improved community services, from mental health support to home care and disability services.

In coming months, the not-for-profit organisations will merge to form a single support services organisation, focusing on becoming the future ‘new face’ of community services in WA.

Care Options chief executive Sheilah Cummins said Care Options had fostered a strong relationship with both organisations that helped people live and participate in their community.

“The integration of Care Options with Volunteer Task Force and Community First provides us with an opportunity to build on each other’s strengths and grow our services to help people improve the quality of their lives,” she said.

Volunteer Task Force chief executive Kath Snell said each organisation would do its utmost to ensure the merger had minimal impact on new and existing customers.

A new name for the combined organisation has yet to be announced.

Community First has grown over 30 years from a small Mandurah community services provider to one of WA’s most respected support based organisations.

Executive director David Shelton said much had changed in the aged and disability sectors and Community First was positioning itself for success, excellence and accessibility for a greater number of people.

A new name for the combined organisations has yet to be announced.