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The organisation has been in operation since 1986 and is funded under a range of programs by the Queensland Department of Communities to conduct the following activities:
Ø Support people in crisis
Ø Provide quality community resources, information and referral
Ø Assess community needs, initiate, facilitate and sponsor projects
Ø Auspice community groups and support volunteers
Ø Liaise and network with business, government and non-government agencies and services at local, regional, State and national levels in pursuit of the organisation’s objectives.
Sponsored organisations and services include the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre, Kids Korner (occasional child care centre), Stanthorpe Family Day Care and the Granite Belt Learners.
Services provided by CDS include a Community Legal Service, Emergency Relief, Domestic Violence Information and Referral and a Community Resource Library. Projects are conducted in the areas of parent and family support, youth development, child abuse and domestic violence prevention, and community education. Other services provided at the premises include Family Day Care, Kids Korner Child Care Centre, playgroups, Outside School Hours and Vacation Care.