With hundreds of locations we're busy bees at Aruma! Browse through some of our latest news and updates.
Aruma (formerly House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation) Media requests: Claudia Romero, at email@example.com or 0438 491 101
We love a good love story at Aruma...
It's great to see our customers getting back out and about again.
Our Supported Employee shared his insight into disability advocacy.
Our Regional Manager was on Prime 7 talking about the exemption on the ban for the disability sector.
Tenisha and her housemates have welcomed this furry friend into their home.
Our music-loving customer danced the night away with this Aussie pop princess!
You might get a pack of our delicious bikkies next time you're at Sydney Airport!
This Aruma business is one of just 10 companies worldwide with this accreditation.
We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Martin Laverty as our new Chief Executive Officer.
Have you snacked on an Aussie Biscuits bikkie when staying at a hotel? If not yet, you soon might!
This Gold Coast lad put in the hard work to gain handy new skills, with a little help from Aruma.
Siblings Karen and Wayne move interstate to reunite with their family - an enormous feat for Aruma to help make happen!
Our customer Wal puts his passion into gear at a local motorbike garage in Gunnedah NSW.
Supported Employees Leanne and Royce have seen lots of changes over several decades working at our farm.
Aruma is committed to doing our part to make the Disability Royal Commission a success and stamp out any mistreatment of people with a disability.
Check out Damon, Kaylene and Melita having a go at indoor sky diving!
Our Human Rights Ambassador James McCoy encourages more Aruma customers to vote.
Aruma staff showed incredible resilience during the recent floods. Here are just five of those stories.
Find meaning in your work - join our team today!
The Forbes community helped get us this much-needed grant.
Aruma’s beloved Aussie Biscuits and Summerland Farm more than tripled online sales of their gourmet goods in 2021.
We supported our customer Brendan find a home and housemates, which felt just right.
Find out how these two Supported Employees met and fell in love at Summerland Farm.
Harley recently passed his driver’s test and landed his very first job!
Andrew Richardson, Aruma’s CEO, will finish up in July 2022.
Before getting their new place, Taylor, Ben and Eric struggled to find an affordable share flat with the right supports.
Last week, the Prime Minister gathered all the state and territory leaders for an emergency national cabinet meeting. There were three key changes that apply.
Aruma Support Worker Rob has encouraged customer Brad to learn how to box.
Aruma has won four accolades in an awards program that celebrates the best brand work in Australia and New Zealand.
Due to root rot and fungal infection we need to remove the lovely fig tree at Summerland Farm.
Please read an important message from the Aruma and Aussie Biscuits teams around unauthorised activity on Facebook.
In July 2020, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) made changes to the way service providers must bill for some services. Many of these will change on July 1 2021.
Drum roll please... it's time for our close-up... introducing Aruma's new advertising campaign!
Read all about the feedback our customers, and their families, gave us.
Update about easing of restrictions for the Greater Brisbane area and what this means for Aruma's services.
An important update about easing of restrictions for the Greater Brisbane area and what this means for Aruma's services.
Important COVID-19 update about the impact of the Greater Brisbane lockdown on Aruma disability services.
The NSW Government has confirmed some changes to restrictions for the New Year period. Find out more about what this means for Aruma services.
The NSW Government has confirmed some changes to restrictions for the Christmas period. Find out more about what this means for Aruma services.
The NSW Government has issued new Residential Care Facility Directives. As a result, Aruma has made changes to our NSW services.
There are COVID-19 restrictions for Sydney. Here’s what they mean for our customers.
Aruma is relieved that restrictions are starting to ease, as we look to create the right balance for a COVID-19 normal existence.
Over the coming months, we’re going to be sending out a number of different surveys by email to our customers and their families and carers.
Aruma can advise that we have one active case of COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne.
As of today’s date, there are no active cases of COVID-19 at Aruma.
An important update about confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday 18 August 2020, Aruma has had 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.
It’s official. We are one year old! Hip hip hooray! Celebrate with us and watch our birthday video!
An important update about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as at 3:30pm on Thursday 6 August 2020.
An important update about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs as at 4:30pm on Tuesday 28 July 2020.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced a new price guide for 2020-2021 for your NDIS supports. Find out more about what this means.
An important update from Aruma CEO, Andrew Richardson, about our relaxed protocols.
Please read an important message from the Aruma Fundraising team around unauthorised activity.
An important update from Aruma COO, Laz Cotsios, about changes to our businesses because of COVID-19.
An important update from Aruma CEO, Andrew Richardson, about changes and closures of some Support Services because of COVID-19.
Aruma’s response to COVID-19. Our focus is on keeping our staff and customer safe.
Laz Cotsios has stepped into the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer.
The spotlight will be on all service providers who focus on accommodation. And rightly so.
We've received Federal Government funding to help boost our over 5000-strong workforce.
It’s simple. We support the Disability Royal Commission. It’s an opportunity for Australia to raise the bar much higher.
This week, we welcomed new faces (that’s both customers and staff) who have transferred over from The Salvation Army in QLD.
In a global first, we've joined forces with IPsoft to explore how technology can enhance our support services.
Thanks to Lendlease, some Aruma customers in Ourimbah, New South Wales, now have an amazing backyard
Technology is a great support to John and, recently, a new piece of equipment has seen his independence skyrocket.
We might have a new name, but we’re not the new kids on the block. You once knew us as House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation.
Meet Bradley! He's taken out the title of Summerland House Farm's 100th Supported Employee.
We have been keeping quite a big secret! Something BIG is coming. Stay tuned to find out more.
Love is in the air for the Mathersons and the Porters, two couples who work for our Medical Packs and Supplies business. Read the heartwarming stories about their first encounters and their secret to a happy union.
Donate and help us support people with disability who are seriously impacted by the floods in Townsville
We're celebrating our Annual Human Rights Conference, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Watch some of our employees talk about what makes them feel empowered and included for International Day of People with Disability.
Aussie Biscuits has opened a new factory in Forbes! A well-known local icon, they have provided employment for people with a disability for over 40 yrs.
Excitement is growing for our customers as construction finishes on their new purpose-built home in Gunnedah, New South Wales.
Frank Monte, a House with No Steps (now Aruma) Support Coordinator, is running monthly karaoke afternoons in Nowra, New South Wales.
We've unveiled a prototype virtual reality (VR) learning tool for disability support workers.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) is honoured to have been chosen through the Victorian Government’s tender process to take on responsibility for 67 supported living and respite services across Victoria.
We've opened new purpose-built disability accommodation housing in Logan Village, Queensland.
Summerland House Farm is set undergo a $6 million transformation, creating even more jobs for people with a disability.
Construction will soon start on a new Aussie Biscuits factory in Forbes, New South Wales – which will increase employment opportunities for people with disability.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) has welcomed new Chief Financial Officer Tiffany Roxburgh – who brings outstanding skills, experience and personal passion to the newly-merged organisation.
Our cooking class for people with a disability in Forbes, NSW, which we run in partnership with Meals on Wheels, was commended at the NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Awards.
Megan and Nicole have raised the bar for daughters this Mother’s Day – celebrating their mum Noeleen every day they work alongside her.
House with No Steps’ (now Aruma) Summerland House Farm Easter Hampers offer foodie delights and opportunities for people with disability.
The urgent need for respite for people with a disability in Grafton, New South Wales, prompts community fundraising effort for new local service.
We’re delighted to confirm that House with No Steps and Tipping (now Aruma) have now merged. Supporting people with a disability in more places and in new and better ways – that’s the reason we’ve joined forces.
Romance is blooming at House with No Steps’ (now Aruma) Summerland House Farm, in Alstonville, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) Facility Services Supported Employees team up with Vicinity shopping centre to lead war on waste with responsible recycling.
Players and club officials from the Edgeworth FC football club in the Hunter helped launch the new Arnett’s Program, offering kids with disability the opportunity to learn soccer.
Check out the highlights and achievements of our year at House with No Steps (now Aruma) in our 2017 Annual Review microsite.
Ricky has lived in House with No Steps (now Aruma) group accommodation for the past four years. This is the story of his NDIS journey.
We've welcomed 600 new customers and 1000 staff with transfer of services from the NSW Government.
Heather is a shy 24-year old with Spina Bifida. Since coming to House with No Steps (now Aruma), a focus on Active Support has seen her confidence and independence grow.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) has won funding to develop innovative Virtual Reality-based learning tools for disability support workers.
To celebrate NAIDOC week, on the 5th July we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 (RAP) at an event at our Head Office in Belrose, New South Wales.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Shirley White OAM who gave 42 years of dedicated service to House with No Steps (now Aruma).
House with No Steps (now Aruma) is a proud sponsor of the Western Sydney Wanderers Powerchair Team for the 2017/2018 season!
We remember Lionel Watts, who worked tirelessly to ensure that people with a disability live a great life, and the many heroes of House with No Steps (now Aruma) who follow in his footsteps.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) was named as one of the successful service providers for the transfer of existing New South Wales Government disability services.
We are excited to announce our expansion into Victoria through a merger with fellow disability service provider, Interchange Northern Region Inc (ICN).
Recently something – or someone in particular – has been helping Sarah, our customer in Victoria, feel happy and healthy. That someone is a very cute Maltese Shih Tzu cross named Bazz!
Shirley Oag has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for her outstanding community service to people with a disability for over 40 years.
Over the past year, our volunteers have dedicated more than 20,000 hours of their time, and corporate groups volunteered an additional 2,477 hours. What an amazing contribution!
We have joined forces with one of Australia’s most trusted pharmaceutical groups, Blooms The Chemist. This exciting partnership aims to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of our customers.
After speaking with her children, Laura decided to leave a gift in her Will to House with No Steps (now Aruma). She now knows that even when she is not here, she will continue to support a cause she cares deeply for.
For Paul it was an easy decision to leave a gift in his Will. By leaving a gift in his Will, he feels he can honour his lifelong commitment of looking after those who have been disadvantaged.
We're proud to be the winner of the NSW Training Award for the 2016 Large Employer of the Year.
Teuntje Geertruida, better known as Tony, was a caring lady with a big heart. She recently did an incredible thing by leaving a gift to House with No Steps (now Aruma) in her Will.
Over the last 12 months our Hunter team has been working hard to connect with the local Aboriginal community by establishing an Aboriginal Services Team.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) customer Jessica was thrilled after a recent chance encounter with our organisation's co-founder, Dorothy Watts in Newcastle.
Our exciting new ad campaign stars our very own customers living a life they love without obstacles.
Long time House with No Steps (now Aruma) volunteer Michael is featured in the 50 Faces: A Portrait of the Northern Beaches photography exhibition during National Volunteer Week.
Rachel was recently supported by her House with No Steps (now Aruma) support worker Karin to speak up after an incident with a community transport company just didn't seem right or fair.
We believe everyone should be able to live a life without steps. Our exciting new ad campaign stars our very own customers living a life they love without obstacles.
We're set to welcome staff, customers and families from the transfer of NSW disability services to NGOs
Zayla, 7, has completed her first year of mainstream school. Thanks to the support of House with No Steps (now Aruma) staff and her grandmother Belinda, her future is looking bright.
Rob Watkins, the executive who has led the establishment of the NDIS in New South Wales and the Hunter launch site joins House with No Steps (now Aruma)
Our Managing Director, Andrew Richardson, says NDIS price rise a ‘slap in the face’ for people with a disability.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) was a finalist in the excellence in business development and change management category at the Disability Innovation Awards.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) is excited to announce we will now provide Early Childhood Intervention Services in Northern NSW, operating under the name of 'Summerland Early Intervention Program'.
The anticipated rollout of the NDIS is set to begin in a number of locations around Australia from today, meaning greater control and choice for people with a disability.
Nick has recently been through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning process and chose us as his service provider. This is his NDIS story.
We are very excited to present to you our 2015 Annual Review which celebrates our successes and shares personal stories of our impact in people’s lives. We hope you enjoy reading it.
The best way to raise funds for a cause is to combine it with an activity you love. That is exactly what three members of the House with No Steps (now Aruma) team did as they cycled across Cambodia.
Linda and Beverely are two of the 27 former residents who we were able to provide support to find a home due to the sudden closure of Riverview Hostel in Hunter NSW.
House with No Steps (now Aruma) Support Worker, Kionne, shares the story of her grandmother who cared for her son with disabilities, Kionne's uncle, almost her whole life.
We honoured benefactors who left us a gift in their Will by launching a Partners in Dignity Remembrance and Memorial Sculpture at Summerland House Farm.
Last month we said farewell to long term employee Peter Irwin from Summerland House Farm after an impressive 28 years working in the gardens and the nursery.
Peta and Nat are the first people with an intellectual disability to be approved for a home loan in their home town of Newcastle - a dream come true for the pair.
Every Wednesday since 1973, Vera and Margery arrived at House with No Steps (now Aruma) in Belrose, armed with baked good, to volunteer their time.
Self advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and others, standing up for your rights and what you believe in, and giving a voice to people with a disability.
20 House with No Steps (now Aruma) employees and customers celebrated International Day of People with Disability volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia.
James has been receiving support from House with No Steps (now Aruma) for 18 months, and together with his Support Worker's help, his energy, enthusiasm, and independence has grown.
Our Belrose disability service is the proud owner of a brand new kitchen, kindly donated by IKEA after being displayed in a homeshow.
Our Managing Director, Andrew Richardson, shares the highlights from 2014, and wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas season and a fulfilling and rewarding 2015.
Kerrie and Gary Brown know first-hand the incredible difference our supporters make. So much so, they have decided to leave us a gift in their Will.
Throughout 2013/14, we have focused on creating lasting change and new opportunities for people transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Our 2014 Annual Review is structured around our 2013-16 “Evolve, Create, Innovate” Strategic Plan and looks back on a successful, fulfilling, and at times challenging year.
John Boccanfuso has been selling pens at Westfield Penrith and raising money for House with No Steps (now Aruma) and people with a disability for an incredible four decades!
It’s been a busy month for our disability services in far north Queensland including celebrating Disability Action Week.
This September, 35 employees from George Patterson Y&R, helped make a difference to the lives of people with a disability by volunteering across four different services.
Residents of Hunter Region’s Lowan Close Group Home have had an amazing year getting up close and personal with their idols, the Newcastle Knights.
Robbie Flanagan won't let anything get in his way, recently achieving one of his biggest goals – conquering the climb up Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
Kistie has been a customer since she was 18. Now as a confident and independent woman, she found herself wanting more flexibility and control over her life.
Hannah is an incredibly bright and confident young woman living with high functioning autism. Since applying for a Supported Living Fund Package she can now see her dreams coming true.
Our garden maintenance venture in NSW's Shoalhaven has been a wonderful success since starting in 2011, after two gentleman dreamed of entering the workforce.
NAIDOC week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. We are committed to building relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, customers, families and communities.
Fifteen budding artists with a disability have shown off their artistic flair while creating an extraordinary wall sized mural at our Townsville Service.
My name is Joel I live with four other blokes. We are all differently-abled, so we have a team to support us 24/7. That doesn’t mean that they are my whole life though. Read on and I’ll tell you a little more...
The 2014 Having a Say Conference, run by people with a disability, for people with a disability, brought together people from all over Australia, including House with No Steps (now Aruma).
We were very proud to see six customers representing Australia in the Asia Pacific Special Olympics Games.
Paola is a volunteer from the New South Wales South Coast. Check out her story which she shared with the South Coast Register.
On International Women’s Day, our Belrose head office held a special morning tea, to celebrate the challenges and triumphs faced by women with a disability.
In February 2014, our Belrose Disability Services were given a much needed makeover by 115 wonderful volunteers and the Optus RockCorps team.
We are thrilled to have been awarded a recycling tender with Lismore City Council managing the sorting operations at its Materials Recovery Facility.
We're proud to announce the opening of our new disability service hub in Ballina, New South Wales which will be home to our disability and NDIS support services.
Belinda and David are not only siblings – they are housemates and best friends. They recently both recruited the own support staff with the support of House with No Steps (now Aruma).
Jade now chooses his own disability support staff who are matched to his individual personality and interests.
For her House with No Steps (now Aruma) disability services, Jess works with her mum to choose activities which she loves and is always on the look out for interesting new classes.
We were recently awarded a 50 year membership plaque at the National Disability Services (NDS) 2013 Membership Recognition Awards.
Our 2013 House with No Steps (now Aruma) Annual Review focuses on the ‘new world’ of the disability sector as well as highlights from our team.
Vivienne had worked at Summerland House Farm as an employee with a disability for 26 years. She has now successfully became a support worker for our disability services.
John Boccanfuso has been raising money for House with No Steps (now Aruma) for over 40 years by selling pens at Westfield Penrith in Sydney.
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