Glenray has been innovating people living with a disability for over 60 years!
First Glenray School Founded
The Dowling Family along with Mrs Glen Fogarty had a desire to see a school set up catering for the special needs of people with a disability. A committee was set up and over three months, a building was made habitable behind the Uniting Church in William St, Bathurst. The name Glenray was derived from Mrs Fogarty’s Christian name, and from the “ray of hope that was kept shining for a school for the children”.
Glenray Ladies Auxiliary Formed
The Glenray Ladies Auxiliary was formed, which began fundraising for the school, through cake stalls, fetes and an Opportunity shop, on George St.
Glenray Moves to Browning St.
The school moved to a new building, in Browning St, Bathurst (the current site of Carenne School).
Bathurst Regional Workshop Opens
The Bathurst Regional Workshop was opened to cater for employment of people with disability. The organisation merged with Glenray starting what is now known as Glenray Industrial Services, an Australian Disability Enterprise, which offers vocational training and development for the individuals employed in the factory. Glenray Industrial Services now incorporates Bathurst Beds, Timber products, Document destruction, Work Crews, and Packaging and Labelling services.
Glenray Opens in Yetholme
Glenray Park, in Yetholme, was opened. The Hostel catered for Adults with disability and is a beautiful federation home set in 10.5 Hectares of garden.
Carenne School Sold
Carenne School was sold to the Department of Education.
Glenray House Opened
Glenray House was opened in Russell St Bathurst, which catered for children. In its day the house was seen as the ultimate residential setting for people with disability. It was considered an ultra modern facility with high standards.
St Michael’s Opened
The St Michael’s site in Kelso was purchased from the Anglican church by Glenray and transformed into a hostel for up to 20 Adults with a disability.
Glenray Park & House Close
Glenray Park, and Glenray House were closed with the government policy changed to “Community Group Homes”.
Bathurst Council Work Crew
Glenray had a work crew appointed to a Bathurst City Council maintenance contract, maintaining facilities around Bathurst. Glenray still holds this contract today.
Glenray is incorporated into a company, with a Board Appointed.
Glenray Laundry Moves
The Glenray Laundry moved to 208 Browning Street, with new and updated premises, transforming from the “wash” shop to Bathurst Laundry. Today the Glenray Laundry is a thriving Commercial Enterprise servicing customers across Regional NSW including Dubbo, Orange, Forbes, Mudgee and Lithgow.
St Michael’s Expanded
Glenray began the transformation of the St Michael’s site into group homes, now housing over 50 residents in 7 separate homes.
Lifestyle & Learning Centre Renovated
Glenray renovates and opens the doors of the Lifestyle and Learning centre at 168 Browning St, Bathurst catering for up to 70 adults with disability.
Approved as NDIS Provider
Glenray is registered as an approved NDIS Provider.
St Michael’s renamed Glenray Village
St Michael’s was renamed “Glenray Village”.
Glenray Head Office and Laundry & Dry Cleaning Building burns to the ground.