the Y’s Men’s Club was encouraged to establish a facility in Ballarat to provide education, welfare and therapy for children with disabilities. Prominent local psychiatrist, Dr E. Cunningham Dax challenged the Club to construct the facility.
The Y’s Men’s Club, led by its then president Mr R Austin McCallum took up the challenge and worked hard to make the vision a reality. With assistance from the State Government and through the generous support of labour from the Master Builders, Master Plumbers and Master Painters Associations.
The aforementioned facility was officially opened in 1955 by the Honourable Henry Bolte MP.
The client base shifted from children to adult services, McCallum's 29 Learmonth Street site was constructed to accommodate the increase in what was called its "Day Care" program. Since its opening, the organisation has developed into a leader in the provision of quality support for people with a disability.
A merger with Central Highlands Regional Residents Association and Central Highlands Independent Living Inc. formed McCallum Disability Services Inc.
McCallum Industries supported Employment Program re-located to 1820 Sturt Street, Ballarat.
McCallum Community Connections Art/Pottery Unit re-located to Mobility Room.
Seven Independent Living Units developed on vacant land at Leopold Street, Alfredton.
Murdoch Community Services in St Arnaud merged with McCallum.
Purpose built Accommodation Unit built at Spencer Street, Sebastopol.
Community Connections@Albert, 173 Albert Street, Sebastopol developed as a community centre for Club LOWD (Life Options Work Directions).
McCallum purchased Coronet Laundry in Coronet Street, Wendouree. The business is renamed McCallum Linen and becomes a social enterprise providing employment for people with and without disability.
The $1.8m Albert Street housing development was completed to provide a new, more inclusive community for eight young people living with disabilities. The units were designed so they were spacious, modern, open plan and, most importantly, tailored to residents needs.
McCallum commences as a registered provider of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. The NDIS will mean peace of mind for every Australian - for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability
McCallum purchased two blocks of land in the newly developed Ballarat suburb Lucas. Two houses are planned to be constructed on these blocks of land and will provide modern, technologically advanced and innovative housing for people with disability.
McCallum completes a $130,000 redevelopment of its external playspace at 29 Learmonth Street. The playspace includes interactive play equipment, a road network with traffic lights, swings and soft fall flooring.
McCallum opens its Sturt Street office in the former Union Hotel (11 Sturt Street). This office is home to McCallum's "Central Intake & Support Coordination" team.
McCallum officially completes the first of four new homes planned to be constructed in Lucas, Ballarat. This home is built to "Platinum Plus", the highest level in the Australian Livability Guidelines and includes assistive technology such as automated benchtops, baths and appliances to make the house as user friendly as possible for residents.
McCallum completes a $50,000 redevelopment of a program area to create the "Connect Cafe" at 29 Learmonth Street. The "Connect Cafe" provides Participants with the opportunity to learn cooking and coffee making skills in a supported environment.
McCallum begins renovations of McCallum Industries (1820 Sturt Street). The renovation included cosmetic upgrades, amenity improvements, as well as construction of storage sheds.
McCallum launched a School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) program to enable young adults leaving secondary school the opportunity to gain work experience and further education before entering the workforce. 11 Participants joined the program in 2019 and saw them undertake multiple work experience programs and create their very own pop-up clothing store called "NANCYMAC". "NANCYMAC" was named after Nancy McCallum, the late Austin McCallum's wife. The store sold pre-loved, boutique clothing at 4 Doveton Street South.