History

history

Putting our clients and our people first is more than just in our name. It’s the way we think, the way we work and the way we live our lives. It’s this kind of commitment that has allowed us to grow from our early beginning over 30 years ago as a small Mandurah community services provider to where we are now – one of WA’s most respected support based organisations – a stable, respected member of the local WA community – big enough to matter, small enough to care.

Established in 1984 as a Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS), an Australian Government employment project, the organisation initially grew slowly, with a focus on employment related programs. By the late 1990’s we had expanded throughout the South West, with a couple of name changes to more accurately reflect our expanding activities (Mandurah Community Support Group, then Peel Training and Employment).

In 2004 we became Community First – with a focus on helping more people, not only for their benefit, but to also build stronger communities. As Community First we expanded further geographically to the Great Southern and began helping people with a disability, the aged and people impacted by mental illness.

Our metropolitan coverage increased in 2010 when we took over several aged and community service activities for the City of Melville, including a substantial Meals on Wheels program. This was further expanded in 2014 with the integration of Kwinana Home Support Services, further expanding our aged care and Meals on Wheels coverage.

Over the past decade we have continued to grow our services to the aged, people with a disability and people impacted by mental health. In 2015 we help over 1700 people every day, across the South West metropolitan area, the South West and Greater Southern WA.

We are an accessible and experienced local WA based community services provider that’s big enough to matter and small enough to care.