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We specialise in a range of services dedicated to supporting you to live the life you want to live.

EllieB’s supports individuals living with a disability to achieve their life goals and aspirations. 
We take care to understand what is important to each person so that we can assist them 
to maintain choice and control over their lives. This approach is embedded across our organisation.


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Waist up portrait of cute girl with down syndrome blowing bubbles while posing against brown background in studio, copy space
Young woman smiling and playing music

Short Stays

We understand whether you have a disability or you care for a person with a disability, time for yourself is so important. 

Our Short Stays respite services at Yarnbrook Cottages are designed to stimulate socialising, build relationships, support independence and assure peace of mind for everyone involved. 

At EllieB’s, we understand that as a carer, taking time for yourself isn’t always easy. Our Short Stays program at Yarnbrook Cottages provides the opportunity to do just that, knowing your family member is always in safe hands. For the person with a disability, regular short stays at Yarnbrook Cottages provides access to a wide range of tailored programs to ensure ample choice is always available. 

Our onsite coordinators and qualified permanent staff provide individualised support from a single night or more depending on your needs. 

A range of activities and outings are available, including: 

Games, day trips, parties, cooking programs, sporting events and assisted holidays. There is a delightful sensory garden and outdoor entertaining area and special gym equipment is available for those with a fitness bent. 

Our services are open to people with a disability aged 7 to 65 years. 

To speak to a Service Coordinator about our Short Stays service call us on (08) 8252 1000.


We provide a range of short stay experiences and days of fun for participants from holidays at our venues to beach holidays around the state. 

West Beach Holiday Retreats with days trips to Monarto Zoo, Adelaide Zoo and local Wildlife Parks.

Holidays at Regional Seaside Towns and resorts during summer months.

Short Weekend Retreats where our residents can relax and recharge in the tranquil Adelaide Hills.

Carers’ Retreats can also be arranged – just ask.

Our EllieB’s team comply with NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission, National Worker Screening and hold current first aid certificates. All staff travelling away with participants on these holidays are accredited to assist people taking medication. 

We aim to provide smaller groups with two or three clients to one carer. This ratio can change depending upon individual needs.

Please note, our holiday options are tailored for people with a disability who require minimal personal care, and have minimal mobility challenges. If you have higher support needs, we can meet with you to discuss your options.

Respite holiday makers from EllieB's Disability Services having a blast on the rollercoaster
Smiles all round at EllieB's Respite and Disability Services
EllieB's participant enjoying some reading and painting


At EllieB’s, we believe you must have the right to choose how and where you live; we have a range of options to give you that flexibility.

Our Accommodation Support works to ensure people with a disability enjoy a full and productive life within their own home and community.

We encourage residents to function as independently as possible and have maximum involvement in the running of their home including contributing to their board and lodging. Each person is also encouraged to safely access their local community.

Residents also have additional support services:

  • Learning & Lifestyle Programs
  • Sporting Events
  • Planning & Assessment
  • Assisted Holidays
  • Counselling Programs
  • Recreational & Community Activities
  • Mentoring & Training Programs

Contact us today for more information about residential accommodation supports.

Emergency Accommodation

We understand that people in crisis need an immediate response and we offer support for people
in the most critical situations. Our emergency accommodation and dedicated team is second to none.

Emergencies may include instances like critical carer stress, fatigue, illness, hospitalisation
or other unexpected changes to living arrangements.

Beautiful Aboriginal Wall Art

Culturally Sensitive Services

The Marra Dreaming Story

Our team actively support each person’s choices in how they express their cultural identity. To celebrate this, at Paralowie a large mural was painted along the hallway by a group of painters from Marra Dreaming, an Aboriginal Community organisation located in Salisbury. 

The painting is a celebration of Aboriginal Australia and represents a meeting place with family sitting around the fire sharing stories, a connection to daily life in the Paralowie home.

The story in the rest of the mural also has meaning: one side depicts the sea and the other, the land. Aboriginal people are able to survive thanks what native provides in the land and sea. 

For one young man who lived in our Transitional Housing, it was time to settle and meet new friends and be part of the creation this special artwork.

The meaning of this mural was explained to the young man as it was being painted and he has great pride in his Aboriginality through this work. 

EllieB's participants enjoying respite holiday with EllieB's Disability Services

Women’s Accommodation

“Despite the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’, there is no doubt that there are widespread and serious violations of the human rights of women with disabilities, as well as failures to promote and fulfil their rights (Byrnes 2003).”

We established accommodation services for young women (at their request) so they are now able to live much fuller lives. 

We see transformations every day, such as women making their own choices in their daily lives, stepping outside their comfort zones, making new friends and doing more than they ever thought possible.


These accommodation services are run by the women with the support of teams of our female staff. The residents are responsible for designing weekly menus, grocery shopping, keeping the homes clean and caring for the many animals that share this space.


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart”- Hellen Keller


Our Learning and Lifestyle Day Options respite programs are tailored to build independence, self-esteem, interactive skills and ultimately, greater participation in the local community.

The programs are based across the northern suburbs and enable participants to access a rangeof learning experiences as well as recreational and social activities.

We take the time to understand what is important to each individual and then build a programme around them.

Robert’s story – Over The Rainbow“All the colours…. like yellow, orange, greens, and purples and reds and blue.The Sun is an orange circle with yellow triangles like diamond shapes.There are crystal clear ocean waves….. the sea.”  By Robert

A gift of colour, Robert’s rainbow continues to make us smile every day at EllieB’s – a treasured reminder of why we are so passionate about the work we do.

A rainbow of love painted and shared with the team at EllieB's Disability Services
EllieB's participants celebrating their sporting win in style and with big smiles


Every year we develop a calendar of community and recreational activities. Everyone has a say in what activities they would like to participate in. 

Depending on the skill level, we support them to access mainstream sport competitions, modified activities, or disability specific programs.

While services may vary between sports and geographic locations, we work closely with each individual through planning and assessment to create fun planned and unplanned events that include:

Local wildlife parks
Picnics and Barbecuses
Arts and Crafts
Plays and musical events


Sporting events
Art therapy
Musical productions
Seaside fun
Local council events
Indoor cricket
Assisted holidays


Face painting, smiles and fun at EllieB's Short Stays and Day Respite Options
More smiles at EllieB's

RESPITE / Day Options Program

Expressions of Interest
Day Options Program

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from families caring for a person with a Disability who are looking for a Learning and Lifestyle (Day Options) Program.

Do you care for a family member with a disability who is a school leaver? 

Are you looking for a program closer to home?

We currently offer day programs Monday to Friday, located in the northern suburbs.

Our Learning & Lifestyle respite programs encourage independence, confidence, self-esteem, interactive skills and ultimately, greater participation in the local community. 

To speak to a Service Coordinator about accessing this service please call (08) 8252 1000.