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.

Visit our website at www.supportforfathers.com.au and share it with colleagues, family and friends.

Support for Fathers is providing dads with options and information about fatherhood, the relationship they have with their partner and connecting with their kids.

We are also enabling support services to work with dads and families more thoughtfully by providing a toolkit to engage dads.

Our aim is for dads and father-figures to:

  • learn more about the importance of their role as dads and partners
  • have options based on real dads, evidence and practical strategies
  • improve their confidence as dads and partners
  • role-model healthy and respectful relationships within their family and community
  • have more positive experiences with support services
  • experience support services that are focused on the needs of dads.

To do all of the above, Support for Fathers has developed:

  • a dedicated website www.supportforfathers.com.au
  •  for dads
  • a Professionals’ Toolkit for support services working with dads and families.

In 2018 we commenced work on the project and ran a national consultation which included community and professionals' forums, a national survey and fatherhood research with dads, families and support services around Australia.

These consultations have informed the development of fatherhood resources to support dads and a professionals’ toolkit for support services which are available on our Support for Fathers website. Read our media release for more information.

We're excited to be sharing our work with dads, families and support services through face-to-face and online workshops around Australia. We have regular sessions throughout the year or we can arrange a personalised workshop in your community or organisation.

For dads and father-figures, we run DadStuff, a free, monthly webinar about fatherhood, our resources at Support for Fathers and what’s going on for dads in Australia.

For professionals and support services, we run Working with Dads, a quarterly, online workshop to provide you with knowledge, practical advice and strategies to engage dads and families in positive and effective ways.

Relationships Australia Victoria is funded to deliver this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Contact us

To find out more, contact Dom Alford, Project Coordinator, via email. You can also sign up to the Support for Fathers mailing list here.

 

 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 has designed 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.

Since late 2018, RAV and Caraniche have provided training for facilitators in delivering the ATLAS program to remandees in prisons across Victoria. Over 3,500 participants have undertaken the program during the first six-months of delivery, with consistently positive feedback from both program facilitators and participants. The sites at which the program has been delivered have reported a decrease in critical incidents and in property damage at the sites since the program has been introduced, with managers of those sites attributing these changes to the program. RAV continues to provide supervision to the program facilitators across Victoria.

 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.