Disability Services

Ascent has been a leading provider of disability services in Armidale and the New England region for over 60 years. We support children and adults to achieve their goals at home, at work, and in their local community.

From helping people with basic life skills, to establishing work programs and career development plans, the Ascent team provides people with the support and assistance they need for a more productive life.

Our disability services include:

Finding and keeping a Job

Supported Employment at Acacia Park Enterprises

Jobs available include:

Digital Printing, copying and mail out service

Secure destruction of confidential documents

Recycling of office paper and cardboard

Car Detailing

Grounds maintenance and cleaning

We can:

  • Assess your skills to identify your strengths and work skills.
  • Develop an individual training plan to increase your skills.
  • Teach you how to do the job.
  • Pay you a wage for the work you do.
  • Support you with career development.

Live in your own home

Ascent provides general assistance with daily life and activities to enable our residents to live inclusively within their local community. Our support is designed to meet individual needs and to maximise independence.

Ascent can provide support with daily life and activities to enable you to live inclusively within your local community. Support is designed around your NDIS plan to meet your individual needs and outcomes.

Support can be provided on an outreach basis, where staff can assist you in your own home with specific tasks, such as budgeting, cooking, domestic chores and managing appointments.

Formal support may only be for a small part of everyday life, with other activities being  managed independently or with assistance from networks of your family, friends and community. Formal support could be for as little as 1-2 hours per week.

Higher intensity accommodation support can be provided for up to 24 hours per day within small group home residences, where residents require medium to high levels of assistance to complete basic self-care and domestic routines. Staff may provide one-on-one support with all daily household activities, as well as facilitating social and leisure opportunities in the community. They may also assist with tasks like banking, shopping and attending appointments, and with accessing activities such as supported employment.


Ascent assists people with moderate to very high support needs to achieve their goals, increase their independence, and participate as a valued member of their community.

Programs are designed by the person, and can include things like skill development activities, leisure and recreational pursuits, therapies, communication and more.

We work in partnerships with many local organisations such as NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum) and NECOM (New England Conservatorium of Music) to deliver a wide range of activities and programs.


We have a specialist Clinical Team comprising a Registered Nurse, Behaviour Specialist and Psychologist who work with families and participants to develop personalised medical and behaviour plans, supports and strategies.


Our Carer Respite Services provide planned short-term breaks for families and other unpaid carers of people with disabilities and/or mental health issues.
We offer a diverse range of service options according to people’s needs. We can provide:

  • Overnight respite stays in a cottage setting.
  • Day activities such as art, craft and music programs.
  • Community social activities.
  • In-home support to care for recipients if the carer wishes to take some time away.

Our experienced staff are carefully selected to ensure your family member receives the best possible care. We also aim to select staff who have the same interests as the participant they are working with.

Who can access this service?

Flexible Respite offers respite services for older carers over 60 (or over 45 for indigenous carers) caring for people with a disability. This can be delivered as planned short-term breaks, day activities, in-home support, peer support, group holidays, community support, or recreational holidays.

Mental Health Respite is offered to the primary carers of people with a mental health issue and/or disability. Those carers who are over 65 (or over 50 for indigenous carers) are prioritised for planned respite.

Our respite activities are participant-focused and driven. We tailor the program to best suit individual needs and requests.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or the other contacts listed below.

The Ascent Group
Phone: 02 6776 8977
Email: admin@ascentgroup.org.au

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