connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Senior Relationship Services

We are committed to providing targeted and effective services addressing the needs of senior Victorians and their families.

We are focused on providing services that meet the needs and preferences of older adults, aged 65 years and over.

We aim to improve the wellbeing, safety and sense of fulfillment in older Australians by strengthening relationships, facilitating social connection, and reducing loneliness and isolation. 

Our services

Elder Relationships Services

Our Elder Relationships Service program provides counselling and mediation for issues affecting older Australians.

Elder mediation

RAV’s elder mediation program offers facilitated decision-making and dispute resolution processes for a range of issues, including:

  • substituted decision-making
  • wills and estates
  • living arrangements, including transition into supported care
  • financial management
  • family conflict
  • concerns and conflicts arising out of intergenerational co-habitation
  • managing progressive disability associated with ageing, including dementia
  • issues related to being a grandparent
  • disputes or complaints between families and aged care providers.

Counselling for older adults

We offer counselling for seniors, with the issues we address including:

  • the impact of elder abuse
  • emotional distress as a result of being a victim of ageism
  • grief and loss
  • bereavement
  • social isolation
  • loneliness
  • entering retirement
  • managing life decisions associated with ageing, downsizing or entering aged care
  • living with chronic pain or illness
  • caring for a disabled partner or adult child
  • issues associated with being a grandparent
  • relationship difficulties with adult children
  • reconciliation with family members
More information on our counselling service is available here.

Steering the Right Path: Planning a family route for ageing

As increasing numbers of us live longer and thrive in our later years, it’s never been more important to plan ahead. We often delay planning for the future until a crisis, illness or financial difficulty requires us to find urgent solutions. As a result, decision-making can often be rushed, creating tensions and disputes in families, or resulting in unwise arrangements that cause problems further down the track. 

To help guide better decisions for the future, we offer interactive, informative presentations and workshops to social networks, community groups and workplaces who work with families. These sessions can be delivered to staff working with older adults, or to older adults and their adult children.

To help guide better decisions for the future, we offer interactive, informative presentations and workshops to social networks, community groups and workplaces who work with families. Find out more here.

Support groups

A growing number of grandparents are having to put their retirement trips and leisure activities on hold in order to raise their grandchildren.

In partnership with Anglicare, we run a monthly support group and annual camp for grandparents raising young children in Traralgon. Find out more here.

Staff training

Our staff continue to undertake a range of specialist training focused on broadening knowledge of ageing, elder abuse, ethical dilemmas surrounding consent, relevant legislative and rights frameworks and age-appropriate service design.

Resources and information sheets

We have developed a suite of resources and information sheets to help older adults and those caring for them.

Neighbour Day

The Neighbour Day 2017 annual theme was The importance of social connection for the elderly. Studies have shown that social participation is associated with improved wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. The theme aimed to help highlight the importance of reaching out to older people in their communities who may be feeling socially isolated. Find out more on the Neighbour Day website.

Charter of Rights for Older Adults

As the elders of our communities, you have a right to be treated with equality, dignity and respect.

Our aim is the empowerment of older generations through:

  • prioritising your choices and preferences in regard to wellbeing and support
  • advocating for seniors rights at an individual and community level
  • providing education on issues affecting older generations.

We recognise that older adults deserve:

  • to enjoy life
  • to have their culture, sexuality and life choices respected
  • to be independent
  • to be empowered and have positive self-esteem
  • to be free from harm and mistreatment
  • autonomy to choose and make decisions
  • to be treated with dignity and respect
  • to be acknowledged as important
  • to be valued
  • opportunities for participation, volunteering and lifelong learning.

When dealing with us, you can expect:

  • support in maintaining independence and autonomy
  • participation in all aspects of decision-making
  • a focus on strengthening important relationships.

Download our Charter of Rights for Older Adults.