About us


Warrina Services receives funding from Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Queensland Health to provide supports to people who have a disability and people who have experienced mental illness to support their personal recovery. As a client directed service our model of care is to provide individualised responses to peoples’ needs that enable them to have fulfilling lives; to overcome their disability and access the community activities and services that we all enjoy. We encourage clients to assume increasing levels of responsibility and to explore different opportunities and experiences. Our clients want services and supports that respond flexibly to their lives. To facilitate greater client choice and control we have engaged a professional and dedicated workforce that have a clear understanding of their role and a willingness to provide supports as required; be that on a weekend to watch the football, late in the evening to attend a social event or early morning to get to gym.

Warrina Services registered as a Co-operative on 1 December 1986. In the early days, interested community members arranged social activities for people with a disability including; fishing trips, Saturday night gatherings at 143 Russell Street Toowoomba and a monthly folk club. There was also a fund raising component with raffles, quiz nights and walkathons to self-support Warrina’s activities. Since then the organisation has promoted and supported many community projects and programs for people with a disability. Notably, in 1992 Warrina Services identified a need for increased employment opportunities and established Personnel West Employment which went on to be an entity in its own right. In 1994 the service gained State Government funding to provide assistance to people with disabilities wanting to live in their own homes.

The service steadily grew and in 1997 we introduced specialist support for people with a mental illness. Under this program we have seen the lives of people transformed as they have moved from mental health facilities into their own homes. Initially people have required intensive daily support but over time our clients have become more independent; accessing social activities, participating in training and work and forming relationships. Our mental health services have grown and we now provide, early intervention support, coordination and care during acute phases of mental illness and recovery supports.

Lyndel Bunter - Chief Executive Officer

Lyndel Bunter commenced with Warrina Services in January 2015. Lyndel has been employed in the Disability, Mental Health and Community sector since 1997 across a variety of Government and non-government positions. She is committed to supporting Warrina Services to successfully transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme, whilst maintaining the quality, individualised support responses that the organisation is known and respected for.

Lyndel was recently appointed as a member of the South West Regional Disability Advisory Council (RDAC) for the 2016 - 2019 term. The council provides the Minister for Disability Services, Coralee O'Rouke, MP information and advice about important issues for people with a disability.   

Fiona Thompson - Operations Manager

Fiona Thompson has been working with Warrina Services since 1997 in many different roles. Fiona has been one of the Operations Managers since 2001 and has enjoyed watching the organisation grow over the past 20 years. Congratulations to Fiona for this wonderful achievement. Warrina Services values your dedication and commitment.  

Fiona is proud to be a part of such an amazing team of staff who strive to provide quality support services to the organisations valued clientele.

Fiona enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends and holidays near the beach.

Linda Harrison - Operations Manager

Linda Harrison has 18 years’ experience working in the disability industry. In 2001 Linda moved from Townsville to Toowoomba and has worked for the past 14 years with Warrina Services in varying roles. Linda has been employed as an Operations Manager since 2011, and is looking forward to Warrina growing and embracing the many changes to come within the disability industry.

When not at work Linda enjoys spending time with her two young children, baking and sewing.

Robert Fernandez – Financial Officer

Robert Fernandez is Warrina Services’ Financial Officer. He has a background in Management and Banking and has had 40 years’ experience in the disability sector. Robert first became involved with Warrina Services as a volunteer, working with individuals and families, providing supports and living skills assistance. He became a Board Member in 1998 and in the following year commenced as a Support Worker providing direct care to clients.

Robert, who has a disability himself, is committed to promoting and upholding the rights of people with a disability and also supports the Toowoomba and District Down Syndrome Support Group.

Robert has an interest in early model Australian cars. He also has keen memory for genealogies and a vast knowledge of Darling Downs local history.

Lyn Corbett - Coordinator

Lyn Corbett is a Coordinator and has been in her present role for just over 8 years. Previous to that, Lyn worked as a Support Worker with Warrina Services for a similar period. In her role as Coordinator, Lyn liaises closely with clients, family members and other related Service Providers. Over the years, Lyn has established strong relationships with the Toowoomba Mental Health Service which has been beneficial in providing support for her clients. Lyn has completed a Certificate IV in Disabilities, Certificate IV Occupational Health & Safety and Cert V in Management.

Lyn’s personal interests include spending time with family and friends, health, fitness and travel.

Linda Vohland – Coordinator

Linda Vohland commenced with Warrina Services in April 2015. Linda has a background in business, disability, community and aged care. She is a Certified Practicing Case Manager with the Case Management Society of Australia & New Zealand. Her passion is assisting clients to live as independently as possible.

Linda is a volunteer with Guides Queensland and in her spare time she likes to catch up with family and friends, travel, read and watch movies.

Bradley Rankin - Team Leader

Bradley Rankin started work with Warrina Services in June 2001 as a support worker and was recently appointed to the position of Team Leader. Bradley has a background in nursing and community work and is studying a degree in Social Science/Social Welfare. Bradley is focused on providing personalised quality support services tailored to the individual needs that enable people with disabilities and their families to achieve their life goals.

Bradley has an interest in vintage cars and riding motorcycles and enjoys fishing, kayaking and playing laser skirmish with his son.

Brendan Campbell – Acting Coordinator

Brendan Campbell is currently working as a Coordinator at Warrina Services. Brendan is a former registered nurse with qualifications in psychiatry and intensive care nursing.

He joined Warrina in 2013. Brendan’s passion is mental health, especially providing education to support workers to enable them to deliver top quality support to Warrina clients.

Outside of work Brendan coaches junior cricket in Toowoomba, and loves spending time in his garden.

Glenice Fagg – Administration Officer

Glenice Fagg is our Administration Officer and commenced working in the disability sector in 2000 with a Brisbane support agency. Glenice moved to Toowoomba in 2009 to work for Disability Services and started with Warrina Services 6 years ago as a Support Worker. In 2011 Glenice took up the position as our Receptionist. Glenice enjoys the day to day contact with the many people she talks with and is passionate about providing the best service possible to make everyone’s experience positive.

Outside of work Glenice enjoys spending time with her human and dog family. She enjoys taking beach holidays where all the family is welcome. When at home Glenice loves to garden.

Sue Klumper – Administration Support

Sue Klumper has been our Assistant Administration Officer since March 2013 after 25 years in the Banking Industry. Sue enjoys her daily interaction with clients both personally and by phone and she works with the Coordinators and Office Staff to ensure the smooth running of the Warrina Reception.

In her spare time Sue enjoys gardening, doing crosswords and catching up with family and friends.

 

Board of Management

We are fortunate and grateful to our dedicated Board Members who volunteer their time and skills to support the work of and provide governance to Warrina Community Cooperative Ltd. The Board meet monthly to oversee our legal and financial accountability; monitor the achievement of planned objectives in line with our strategic vision, scrutinise expenditure. Board Members also represent the interests of the organisation to the broader community.

Ray Anderson (Chairperson)

Graham Bretz (Vice-Chairperson and Director)

 Ian Zerner (Treasurer)

 

Aaron Osmachenko (Member)

Robert Fernandez (Director)

Fiona Thompson (Independent Director)

Linda Harrison (Independent Director)

Lyndel Bunter (Independent Director)

Office Staff

Full office staff
Management Team
Coordinators
Administration

Enriching lives through positive everyday experiences

When people receive the necessary supports to deal with their everyday needs then there is time in their lives for other things!

Our clients have achieved many positive roles including:

  • Assisting local community groups such as Meals on Wheels; Food Assist; Lifeline; RSPCA
  • Getting a job, working as a Volunteer or being a Peer Advocate
  • Joining groups such as Toast Masters, the Red Hat Ladies and Neighbourhood Centres

Enabling people to be active members of their community

Getting out of the house and accessing shops, services and recreational activities is something we all enjoy. People with a disability sometimes have to overcome barriers to participate in community activities. Warrina Services provides one-to-one services to support people to enable our clients to live their lives to the fullest.

Empowering people to reach beyond their disability – to achieve their hopes and dreams

As a specialist support agency we tailor services to meet your requirements. Staff are matched to your preferences; with the experience and skills to deliver the supports as you request.

We will regularly review with you, your service plan to ensure that supports are adapted to grow with you.

We will help you to achieve positive outcomes in your life. These maybe related to choice and independence, education and training, attending social activities, increasing skills, contributing to your community or getting a job.