Residential Units (CRUs)


This CRU, comprised of 2 houses, was established in 1978 as the Rotary Mentally Retarded Person's Centre through funding provided largely by the Rotary Club. The service site was named Urimbirra - an Aboriginal term meaning "to take care and preserve". Urimbirra was one of the first service sites to fall under the name Gellibrand Residential Services in 2000.

Today this service site is home to eleven clients, many of whom are long term residents of the site. Many of the clients that reside at Williamstown, access the community independently or with minimal support. They enjoy socialising both as a group and individually doing their own thing, regularly participating in activities such as swimming, arts and craft on a Thursday evening at the Jenny Burbidge Centre.

In their day-to-day lives, the clients of Williamstown are supported to maintain the life skills they already have and also develop those skills that they feel will lead then to higher independence. Skills that the clients are supported with vary from cooking, budgeting, washing and personal hygiene to encouraging self advocacy.


This CRU was established in the late 1970s with funds raised by the local community and grants from local government. This service site was originally setup as a respite centre for people with cerebral palsy living in the local area and now provides permanent accommodation for seven clients with intellectual disabilities.

These clients are supported by Team Members to meet their essential day to day needs and are provided with opportunities to develop their abilities in areas such as cooking, washing and budgeting through the implementation of individually tailored skill development based programs. The clients of this service site enjoy getting out and about in their local community on a regular basis and have in the past attended outings to Federation Square, the Melbourne Aquarium, the footy at Telstra Dome, numerous birthday parties, movie screenings and even the opera.


Gellibrand has 2 CRUs situated in Werribee. Each house is a permanent home to five clients with intellectual and physical disabilities. Clients at this service site are provided with Team Member support to develop their independent living skills through a series of programs in the areas of cooking, washing, budgeting, personal care and healthy living.

The clients of these two service site are frequently supported to access their local community and participate in a variety of local league sports, including football and water aerobics. In the past, various clients have enjoyed attending various concerts (to see John Farnham, KISS and Babba, amongst others), karaoke venues, football and rugby matches.

As with most of the clients supported by Gellibrand, these clients of this service site regularly enjoy accessing their local community, particularly on weekends, and have enjoyed attending many functions and events of their choosing in the past - including day trips to Healesville Sanctuary and Ballarat.

Caroline Springs

Established in 2002, this service site located in Caroline Springs is one of the newest to fall under the Gellibrand Support Services umbrella. It is currently home to five clients who have high support needs. As the majority of the clients have cerebral palsy or autism, the goal of team members is to support the clients with their basic day to day living requirements such as eating, bathing, dressing and to ensure that their health and emotional well-being is maintained.

Clients living here enjoy a busy social life with numerous parties held at the house, outings to the Melbourne Zoo, Aquarium and drives to the beach on weekends. There are also regular visits to the local lake where the clients like to go walking and feed the ducks.

Avondale Heights

The Avondale Heights service site contains 1 house and 3 units. The 7 clients are independent in their day to day living. They are supported by team members to develop and increase their independence in all the life areas, which include building relationships and doing valued work. These clients are always keen to participate in social activities, with football being one of the main activities to which the clients looks forward to attending.

St. Albans

Opening in the Summer of 2012, this is the newest addition to Gellibrand. It steps away from the norm in regards to the support that Gellibrand provides as the CRU is specialised for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Currently housing 5 clients, this CRU is always on the move, with its clients participating in numerous activities.

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