Our Story

Providing innovative and people-focused services for over 50 years

People, everywhere in our community, will experience the power of inclusion through relationships, voice and action. This is our vision.

When a small group of concerned parents met in Tamworth Town Hall back in 1958 and formed the Tamworth and District Handicapped Children’s Association and school, the idea of becoming one of the largest community support services operating in New South Wales was probably beyond their wildest dreams.

Challenge Community Services now has 103 sites across NSW and QLD and a workforce of over 900 people, including more than 90 employees with a disability. Challenge Community Services is now the fourth largest provider of out-of-home care in NSW providing foster care services to over 500 children.

Our values celebrate inclusiveness and opportunity. Our five core values are:

Accountability: accept responsibility, be transparent and be trustworthy

Equity: be fair and impartial towards all concerned

Innovation: have the courage to do things differently

Integrity: do the right thing

Participant and young-people focused: put people first in all we do

To assist people to reach their potential through innovative and people-focused services. This is our mission. This is our reason for being.


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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 900 staff, more than 90 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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