Since 1997 we have worked with many community-based organisations. Here are just a few stories that show the scope of our skills and services, and the benefits we offer our members.
Three Job Futures members, Access Community Group, Marillac and ACSO, talk about the range of benefits that membership brings to their organisations. Benefits include: support to deliver services; networking and knowledge transfer; along with the ability to retain their organisations' own identities.
CoAct members talk about their passion for changing lives
Listen to front line staff from CHESS, ACSO and Marillac talk about how a job can change a person's life. As one employment consultant put it, "jobs are everything - they are life changing".
Case Study type - Client Stories/Member stories
ACSO - A second chance
A Second Chance follows Peter's efforts to beat his alcoholism, Nicole's battle with her heroin use and Joanne's search for redemption from offences against her children. All three have committed an offence and their lives have been impacted by their circumstance.
Up and coming Director Clara Simpson examines ACSO's work and delves into the human struggles of its clients. The documentary explores the theme that punishment is a necessary part of the justice system and looks through a lens of interventions that can break the cycle of crime. The film will educate and inspire consumers, stakeholders and the community to see that when given a chance, anything is possible; after all everyone deserves a second chance.
Member - Interact
A formal partnership has been established between the City of Monash, Interact, Glen Waverly Rotary Club, Glen Waverly Lions Club, Wavelink, Waverly Community Learning Centre and Eastern Access Community Health Service to implement a Men's Shed.
This important resource in Glen Waverly provides communal space, particularly for older men in Australian society, to come together and demonstrate their skills, contribute something back to their communities, make new friends and avail themselves of information on health and other community programs.
Member - Interact
The Eclipse Family Program is an innovative project acknowledging that families are often the primary support for young people with dual diagnosis and substance abuse issues.
There are many interrelating factors between mental illness and substance use and this program provides an integrated approach for the young person together with their family members and includes client engagement, family counselling, treatment planning, referral and support.
Interact has teamed up with Odyssey House Victoria and Taskforce Community Agency to deliver this program.
Member - Bridging the Gap
Rescuing bikes... and kids
The Bike Rescue Partnership Project (BRPP) is having a positive impact on youth disengagement, which leads to one of society's most pressing problems: youth unemployment.
The 10 week project has changed the lives of five young men, re-engaging them with education and providing them with a qualification.
BRPP is a partnership between Bridging the Gap, Dismantle and the Department of Education.
The purpose of the project is to encourage disengaged young people to become active members of the community while fostering values of worth in themselves.
The participants, aged 16 and 17, strip, repair and restore an old bike then donate it to a local charity.
They then have the option to restore another bike or tidy their own to keep.
A highlight of the project is a three day, two night camp at Fairbridge Valley that includes team building and outdoor activities, such as a 20km mountain bike expedition along the Munda Biddi Trail.
Project coordinator, Chris Braime, said the change in the participants was noticeable.
"I can see that we positively influenced these young people who tend to get overlooked at school due to overcrowded classrooms, combined with literacy and numeracy issues," he said.
Young people are referred to the project from the Department of Education and department representative Barbara Sherriff said the boys all benefitted from the program.
Lou Carey from project partner Dismantle said participants experience a shift in self-confidence when they realise what they've achieved.
Bridging the Gap brings to the project training for participants to achieve Cert I Work Preparation accreditation plus career mentoring through career development specialists.
Four projects are scheduled for 2015.