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North Eastern

North Eastern

Programs 

Northern Community Connections Program

Whitelion Community Connections is a key component of the Better Futures approach, which was rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 1 November 2019. This new approach is focused on improving outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence. Whitelion has been contracted by DHHS to deliver the Community Connections service offer featured in the Better Futures model with the aim to build networks of supportive relationships for young people in their local community. Whitelion is providing a hybrid model which encompasses the following key services:

  • Community engagement and capacity building                                                              
  • Harness community effort through a place-based partnership approach
  • Mentoring 

Program eligibility

Referrals will be accepted for young people between the ages of 15-18 years currently on a Family Reunification, Care by Secretary or Long Term Care Order or 18-21 years having been on either of the above three orders between the ages of 16 to 18.

Contact

Contact andrew.fitzgerald@whitelion.asn.au 

Program supporters

The Northern Community Connections Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for mentors in the northern metropolitan region. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

 

Northern Community Integration Program

The aim of the Community Integration Program (CIP) is to train volunteers to link every child and young person in residential care into local sports clubs, dance classes, art clubs and more. These links create connections between the young people and their community to reduce isolation and disconnection by increasing social skills and confidence.

Program eligibility

Young people aged 10-18 residing in out of home care settings in the northern metropolitan region that are managed by Makillop Family Services.

Further information

Email victoria.romeo@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

The Community Integration Program is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the northern metropolitan region we are lucky to partner with Mackillop Family Services to deliver the program locally.

Get involved

Would you like to volunteer with the Community Integration Program? Email mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

Eastern Community Connections Program

Whitelion Community Connections is a key component of the Better Futures approach, which was rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 1 November 2019. This new approach is focused on improving outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence. Whitelion has been contracted by DHHS to deliver the Community Connections service offer featured in the Better Futures model with the aim to build networks of supportive relationships for young people in their local community. Whitelion is providing a hybrid model which encompasses the following key services:

  • Community engagement and capacity building                                                              
  • Harness community effort through a place-based partnership approach
  • Mentoring 

Program eligibility

Referrals will be accepted for young people between the ages of 15-18 years currently on a Family Reunification, Care by Secretary or Long Term Care Order or 18-21 years having been on either of the above three orders between the ages of 16 to 18.

Contact

bridget.harilaou@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

The Eastern Community Connections Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for volunteer mentors in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

Ramp Mentoring Program

Ramp is a joint project between Whitelion and Reach, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that aims to support young people in Out of Home Care (OoHC) in the Eastern Metropolitan region to overcome social disengagement and build a positive sense of self. Ramp uses mentoring, experiential workshops, camps, and creative engagement strategies to work with young people to help them experience a sense of community, self-worth and meaningful, long-lasting relationships.

Program eligibility

Young people aged 13-17 living in OoHC care in Eastern Metropolitan region. Referrals are made by Child Protection or funded agencies providing residential, kinship or foster care placement support.

Contact

ramp@whitelion.asn.au 

Program supporters

Ramp is supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Whitelion is proud to partner with Reach Foundation to deliver Ramp.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for volunteer mentors in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne to participate in Ramp. If you are interested in learning more about Whitelion mentoring contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

 

Breakthrough Mentoring

Breakthrough Mentoring is an employment focussed mentoring program that supports young people on their employment pathway. Young people are matched with a trained mentor for regular and structured one-on-one support over 18 weeks. Together they explore the mentees strengths and values, set goals and discover local employment and training opportunities. Mentors and young people are supported on their journey by their Whitelion Breakthrough Youth Worker

Program eligibility

Young people aged 16 – 25 who are not currently engaged in sustainable employment, and who have/are experiencing barriers to employment.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for Breakthrough Mentors. If you are interested please contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

Contact

Contact Andrew Fitzgerald  on andrew.fitzgerald@whitelion.asn.au