The Retarded Citizens Welfare Association (RCWA) was originally the Retarded Children's Welfare Association. When the children that the original Association had supported began to grow up, members realised that services would need to be developed for their adulthood. To meet these needs, they modified the objectives of the RCWA and changed its name. In 1992, the RCWA was dismantled and replaced with Oakdale Services Tasmania.
The original structure of the Retarded Children's Welfare Association continued to provide problems for the Retarded Citizens Welfare Association. Hostels that needed funds in order to modernise or extend their premises could not access them unless their own branch held them in their accounts. This meant that despite the considerable funds held by the Association, some hostels became quite run down. Similarly, the lack of co-ordination over staffing matters meant that there were no uniform standards of training or recruitment across the hostels.
1952 - 1982 Retarded Children's Welfare Association
1982 - 1992 Retarded Citizens' Welfare Association
1992 - 2011 Oakdale Services Tasmania
2011 - Veranto Lifestyle Assistance
Sources used to compile this entry: Alexander, Alison, From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow: the history of Oaks Tasmania, Oak Tasmania, Glenorchy, Tasmania, 96 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 18 January 2012, Last modified: 11 March 2014