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.

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The Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) Training and Development Department delivers a range of specialist programs.

 

Support for Fathers Project

he Support for Fathers Project is a national project that aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners with the outcome being an increase of men’s involvement in gender equality and reducing violence.
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is being funded to run this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
To do this, the Support for Fathers project will develop:
Resources for young men and fathers.
A Professionals’ Toolkit for support services working with young men and fathers.
We are inviting young men, fathers and service providers across Australia to join in consultations.
If you would like to be involved or need more information, contact Dom Alford, Project Coordinator – Support for Fathers at RAV by email or by calling 0437 305 881. 
Download our project poster.

The Support for Fathers project is a national project that aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners with the outcome being an increase of men’s involvement in gender equality and reducing violence. RAV is being funded to run this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

We are inviting young men, fathers and service providers across Australia to join the project, through consultations and participation in a national survey.

Support for Fathers National Survey

The Support for Fathers project invites fathers and their partners, and professionals who work with families to participate in a national survey about:

  • the issues affecting young men and fathers in Australia
  • how service providers can support fathers to develop and strengthen healthy family relationships.

The responses and feedback gathered in the survey will inform the development of resources for young men and fathers and a professionals’ toolkit to be published in 2019.

We encourage you to share details of the survey and the project with your networks, including your friends and family, your community, fathers and families you work with and people in your professional network.

Start the survey.

More information

If you would like to be involved or need more information, contact Dom Alford, Project Coordinator – Support for Fathers at RAV by email or by calling 0437 305 881, or download our project poster.

 

LINCS

LINCS is an educational workshop specifically designed for offenders who are subject to a Community Correction Order, and is funded through Corrections Victoria. RAV delivers four, one-day LINCS workshops each week across metropolitan Melbourne, with participants attending from all over Victoria.

The LINCS program involves four modules:

  • L = Looking At Me
  • I = Identifying Priorities
  • N = Next Steps
  • CS = Community Supports

LINCS workshops are designed to improve participants’ capabilities and strengths, using skills-based activities that also identify strategies and supports relevant to each module. The activities also highlight the importance of the participants’ internal and external capacity in terms of their social supports, employment opportunities and access to education. 

Each module builds on the learnings and knowledge of the preceding module, to approach the final module where participants focus on community supports that link with their identified goals and associated action plan.

LINCS is built upon a straightforward, accessible and clear approach that acknowledges our internal and life priorities, and the external resources and opportunities that at times may have been overlooked or not been previously identified.

RAV has been successfully delivering LINCS since February 2017 and has received positive feedback from program participants and Corrections Victoria and achieved excellent learning outcomes throughout the first year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLAS

RAV is designing a suite of non-clinical training modules targeting the wellbeing and personal development of un-sentenced prisoners (remandees) in prison locations across Victoria. This project, which is funded by Corrections Victoria, recognises that remandees present with a range of complex needs and require tailored intervention and support for their successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. 

RAV commenced development of the training modules in December 2017, in partnership with Caraniche, a specialist provider of psychological services. These eight modules target the wellbeing and personal development of remandees in prisons, and focus on a strengths-based approach that incorporates adult learning principles to allow skills development in practical and interactive training sessions that link to supports.

The module topics include:  

  • adjusting to change
  • positive communication
  • managing conflict
  • respectful relationships
  • stress management 
  • independent living skills.

As part of the project, RAV and Caraniche will deliver a Train the Trainer package for Corrections Victoria staff, who will then deliver the training to remandees in prisons across Victoria from late 2018.

 

SORT

RAV's Training and Development Department commenced delivering 1.5-hour, weekly workshops for prisoners on remand within the Melbourne Assessment Prison in March 2018. 

The workshops use the acronym SORT to address four main topics:  

  • Self: Looking at self, and identifying personal values and priorities. 
  • Others: Acknowledging stress and anger, how these may impact others, and identifying strategies to manage behaviour.
  • Relationships: Exploring what healthy relationships look like, and how positive and negative behaviour impact these.
  • Transitions: Recognising negative thinking and reframing thoughts and behaviour to transition into positive change.

The SORT program utilises adult learning principles, trauma-informed practice and a strengths-based approach to engage participants and achieve learning outcomes. The sessions cover the topics above through a range of interactive activities including discussion, reflection and group work.

We have received positive feedback from program participants and prison staff demonstrating positive achievement of learning outcomes in the SORT program.