Evans Community Options and Bathurst Independent Living Skills to merge
Two respected and well known Bathurst community service organisations will merge next year. Bathurst Independent Living Skills (BILS) and Evans Community Options (ECO) have unanimously agreed to form Accessible Living Options on 1st July 2014.
Bathurst Independent Living Skills offers community participation programs for adults with disabilities whilst Evans Community Options provides a range of services to enable people who are frail aged, people with a disability and carers to live independently at home and participate fully in the community.
BILS Executive Officer Robyn Wyatt emphasised that current services of both organisations will not be affected by the merger.
"All Service Users and Volunteers of both BILS and ECO have been advised of the merger and not only will it be business as usual but it is anticipated there will be more choice and options of services after 1st July" Ms Wyatt said.
ECO Executive Officer, Cheryl Keogh said the aim of the merger is to provide:
* High quality services and increased service choices
* A one-stop-shop and continuum of care, taking a person-centred approach
* A reduction in duplication of governance and reporting process
* The retention and development of staff and volunteer skills and opportunities
Both Ms Wyatt and Ms Keogh agree that Accessible Living Options will be well placed to provide a mix of professional services that offer options, choices and flexibility focused on achieving great outcomes as the community services landscape changes and evolves.
"The Boards of Management of both organisations are to be congratulated for their vision in seizing the opportunity to unite in order to create a robust, sustainable community service organisation" Ms Keogh added