Our Story

Historic Organisations

1994 - 2017: Community Access Respite Services (C.A.R.S.) 

Community Access Respite Services (C.A.R.S.) had a proud history of enhancing the lives of people with disability by providing flexible, responsive and individualised support services.

In 1994, a family on the north side of Brisbane was struggling to find an organisation that could provide much-needed support for their son living with disability. Not willing to sit idle, they rallied together with community members in their garage to discuss their unique challenges and devise a plan. With commitment and support from other families in the area, C.A.R.S. was born.

In October 2017, Multicap and C.A.R.S. came together. United by shared values and vision for the future, this partnership launched an exciting future together. An environment for customers was created where interests are pursued, goals are achieved, and life is lived to the fullest.

1989 - 2021: Breakaway

Breakaway was started in 1989 by a group of parents who were unable to find quality respite for their family members.

In 2021, Multicap joined forces with Breakaway, Moreton Bay's leading provider of Supported Independent Living, In-Home Support, Short Term Accommodation and Community Access. Multicap and Breakaway shared similar similarities  - both have humble beginnings and a mission to support people with disability to live meaningful lives filled with opportunity.

The merger created a brighter future for people with disability living in Moreton Bay, as they received greater choice in services and accommodation options.

1979 - 2022: Interchange Inner East

Interchange Inner East, Melbourne, has been supporting people with disability for more than 40 years.

From humble beginnings in 1979 when Maureen Crawford first began her efforts to fund respite for her daughter and other children with disability, to 2022, an organisation with a long history of providing recreation, community activities, respite and care for children and young people with disability and their families.

In 2022, Interchange Inner East began a new chapter when it merged with the Multicap to become the first Multicap Victorian services region.

1991 - 2023: Fraser Coast Family Networks

Fraser Coast Family Networks (FCHN) was founded in 1991 by parents looking for a better life for their children.

Working locally to provide innovative disability support to families, FCFN built on its foundation services of centre-based respite, accommodation support, vacation care, in-home supports, day services and community access, to respond to demand for a wider range of supports with innovative ways to enrich the lives of their customers with new skills and experiences.

FCHN merged with the Multicap in February 2023.

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