START YOUR JOURNEY WITH BARKUMA

At Barkuma, we work alongside you to learn new skills, find enjoyable work, make friends and lead a life of independence.
At Barkuma, we support you to Live Your All.

SCHOOL

WORK

HOME

SUPPORT

BARKUMA AT SCHOOL

The future doesn’t have to be scary or unsure. Barkuma can assist you to transition from school to whatever may come next.

“Being involved with Barkuma has helped me change my view about my future. I don’t feel anxious and stressed, I’m still a bit unsure but I know I have support around me.” Harrison.

TYPES OF SUPPORT

I AM STILL AT SCHOOL

THE TRANSITION PROGRAM

  • Are you feeling nervous about life beyond school?
  • 1 year of support
  • Accredited training
  • Adult learning environment

LEARN MORE

I HAVE LEFT SCHOOL

SCHOOL LEAVER EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS (SLES)

  • Do you need support to understand your work potential?
  • Up to 2 years support
  • Independence and employment preparation

LEARN MORE

BARKUMA AT WORK

If you are ready to work, Barkuma can work alongside you to find a rewarding job, learn new skills, explore your talents and be included in the community.

TYPES OF WORK

I NEED TO BUILD MORE SKILLS

AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISE (ADE)

  • Production worker role in our factory
  • Develop skills, confidence and experience
  • Make a start on your employment journey
  • Earn money, flexible hours

LEARN MORE

I AM READY FOR WORK

DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (DES)

  • Work in mainstream employment
  • Get work experience, learn about different jobs
  • Apply for the right job for you
  • Support for you to achieve your career goals

LEARN MORE

BARKUMA AT HOME

We support you to live your best life, whether in your own home or in one of ours. Barkuma also offers short and medium term accommodation.

QUOTE FROM ACCOMMODATION CLIENT 

“I like living here ‘because it’s a good place to live and it’s close to the shops. I have my bird and I love my support workers”

SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS

We work closely with you, your family and support network to deliver a ‘person centred’ support plan. We focus on building your skills so you can work towards a healthier lifestyle. We understand that circumstances can change and take a flexible approach to allow for unexpected events.

SHORT TERM RESPITE ACCOMMODATION

Barkuma has a home dedicated to providing a place to stay for a short time, away from your usual home. This is provided when your usual carers aren’t available, or for you to try new things.

DAY OPTIONS

Suitable for those who aspire to work or who are looking for meaningful and regular engagement. Activities include cooking, woodwork, craft, card making, music, gardening, life skills, wellbeing and fitness.

SUPPORT COORDINATION

Be the boss of your own future. We can help you work out what life you want, and plan how to get there. We are in touch regularly to meet your changing needs and will manage services from different providers.

SUPPORTED INDEPENDENT LIVING

We support you to live your best life in the home of your choice. We assist you with your everyday tasks such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, personal care and gardening.

DAILY LIVING AND LIFE SKILLS

To live as independently as possible, we assist you to build your skills and access opportunities in your community. Access public transport, medical and health care supports, shopping.

NEED MORE SUPPORT?

Barkuma has a wealth of experience and have been supporting people with disability since 1967. We can provide support to you, no matter your level of need.

BARKUMA – A PLACE TO BELONG

MEET ANDREW

Andrew has been with Barkuma’s DES services for years. He has found the perfect workplace at the City of Burnside, where he is supported to work independently and express his personality.

CONTACT US

Do you have questions or want to know more? We’d love to hear from you. Call, email or fill in the contact us form below.