Our Shared Futures program at Sidney Myer Haven in Bendigo is a wrap-around support program which offers a holistic approach to supporting individuals in crisis. It’s the first of its kind in Australia and provides social supports, 1:1 case management and a curriculum of activities to build skills and aid personal development.
Activities range from parent’s group (developing parenting and childcare skills) to Masterchef (cooking class) through to fitness sessions and meditation and relaxation classes.
In the past year, eight residents have successfully graduated from the Shared Futures program and transitioned from the Sidney Myer Haven residential facility into independent living in private rentals.
Residents have also experienced improved learning and education with four completing TAFE, one completing high school and a further five engaged in formal education since starting at Sidney Myer Haven.
Broadening employment prospects is another key outcome of the Shared Futures program. This year, five residents have been successfully employed.
Residents have also developed important life skills, with nine residents gaining their driving licence and five of those have carefully budgeted and bought cars, giving them freedom of movement and a profound sense of achievement.
We are currently working with a further eight tenants to build their skills and self-efficacy. All these tenants’ children are in daycare or kindergarten. We look forward to seeing our residents grow and develop in the months and years to come.