Who We Are
The Young Adults Disabled Association started over 20 years ago by Jennifer McAlees, assisted by many others. Jennifer, having Hydrocephalus and Dandy-walker syndrome herself, felt the need for social groups to meet on a regular basis.
In order to reach other people with disabilities, she advertised on a local community radio. The first meeting was held at Rosebank House in Liverpool with Jennifer and 2 other members, where they continued there for 6 months. They then moved to a church hall in Liverpool where the members increased to 5, and it remained steady as they made the move to the Lurnea Centre.
The group then found a home at Bonnyrigg Youth Centre, where the number of members increased to 9. It was then that they had decided to apply to the Government for a bus through the Community Transport Scheme. After a lot of problems, they finally got part use of one, which meant that they still had to use private vehicles as well.
By chance, John Eastwood was driving one of the buses when he met Jennifer and they started talking. She told him about YADA and the difficulties they had been having and from then on, he made it his mission to help Jennifer and YADA.
They decided to go it alone and become and registered Charity. A lot of hard work went into YADA – doing the necessary paperwork, fundraising through raffles and recycling, and providing social support to people with disabilities – all of it was done by hardworking and dedicated volunteers.
At that point in time, they were unable to obtain any Government grants or donations from local businesses. Not being discouraged, the group of volunteers looked to other means of raising revenue and put a lot of hard work into holding raffles, stalls, selling second-hand goods, and recycling, The result of their enormous effort was a bus that was used to transport members to and from YADA’s social support group. After the purchase of their first bus, numbers were steadily increasing to the stage where YADA needed a second bus, and they haven’t looked back since.
YADA currently run two buses for picking up members to take them to and from Bonnyrigg South Community Centre for the social support group, with many other members who get dropped off.
It has grown from a small group of people, to a large extended family-type group, still powered by the generosity of volunteers.
A local charity based in Liverpool, NSW that aims to provide social support for people with disabilities in the Liverpool and Fairfield local government areas. The social group meets twice a week to participate in activities that allow them to learn new skills, reduce their isolation, provide their carers with some time off, and enhance their quality of life.
The Young Adults Disabled Association survives off the generosity of our volunteers who devote their time and efforts to working for us. For some, it is a great way to give back to the community, and for others it is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people.
10 Anderson Ave,
Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 3pm.
Closed for lunch 12noon – 1pm
02 9602 7808
YADA’s Social Support Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 9:30am – 2pm
Bonnyrigg South Community Centre
Corner of Brown Road and Gemalla Street, Bonnyrigg
Usually open 9am – 2pm.
May vary from time to time depending on volunteers.