In November 2016 the residents of Knox Supported Living moved into their brand new homes in Boronia. This was the final stage in the transition of both Supported Living and Lifestyle Options from the Knox site, with the new Lifestyle Options services being opened within the last 18 months.

Since moving to the new services there has been considerable community engagement. Relationships have developed with local shops including cafés, a car wash and the local RSPCA shop.

Boronia Lifestyle Options participant Josie Stocco said she is very happy at the new service.

“Boronia feels brand new, and nice and bright. I enjoy going to Multisports and doing cooking programs,” she said.

Resident Gwenda Campbell is thrilled with her new home in Boronia.

“I love being closer to the community. I didn’t have neighbours at Knox so now I can sit at my window and wave to my new neighbours, I can watch what’s happening in the neighbourhood. It’s just awesome!  My house is so posh I often tell people I’m living in Toorak,” said Gwenda.

Geoff Steer is also enjoying life in his new home, saying, “I love it! I go to the restaurants and am excited to have our housewarming party and invite the neighbours over. I want to get a BBQ for the backyard – with a bar!”

The Knox Project was started over three years ago in response to the changing landscape of disability support. The aim was to provide the residents and participants with new, comfortable services that are centrally located with easy access to public transport and the local community.

Image: Gwenda Campbell at home in her new room.