Health and Wellbeing

Buried in Treasures - Inner East

Buried in Treasures - Inner East

The Salvation Army Homelessness East and MIND Australia are very pleased to announce the recommencement of Buried In Treasures - a 16 week support group program which seeks to address challenges with clutter, and to learn new ways of thinking about their possessions.

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EACH - Youth Mental Health Outreach - YORS

Youth Outreach Recovery Support (YORS) is a mental health support service for young people aged 16-25 years who are experiencing mental health symptoms or significant psychological distress. YORS is a welcoming and inclusive new service assisting you to get back on track and strengthen your ability to better manage your mental health. You will have the opportunity to work on your recovery goals through individual support and group workshops. We can help you to link in with the supports you need and support you in the community. We also offer coaching support around relationships, substance use (drug and alcohol), education, employment, homelessness and other needs.

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EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) Programs

EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) provides a 12-month residential mental health support service for young people aged 16-25 years old recovering from significant mental health conditions.

ITC participants work on their individual recovery goals whilst actively engaging in a youth focused therapeutic community. ITC participants collaborate with their individual keyworker to customise the program to their needs and select a range of therapeutic opportunities to support their recovery.

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Community Food and Assistance Guide - Free meals and more

This resource has been developed by the Eastern Homelessness Network to assist people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness. The emergency relief services listed are in the Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges area.

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Pet care

Pet ownership offers unconditional love, companionship and emotional support, however,  it can also come with addional and sometimes unexpected financial cost. Pets in the Park and Pets of the Homeless are chatitable organisations run by volunteers, to assit people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiening homelessness, with the financial cost associated with owning a pet. 

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Assistance with Financial Hardship

Financial problems can affect anyone, there are a number of support services avaliable to help with financial difficulties. These include: 

  • Financial Counselling
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)
  • Utilities assistance 


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Technology & Communication

Information on where to find a free public phone & access to libaries with WIFI, charging hubs and computer access. 

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Hygiene Services

List of services that have access to: 

  • Showers 
  • Washing machines &
  • Dryers 
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The SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal

The portal highlights key information and updates about COVID-19, including the latest news in English, and visitors can then select one of more than 60 languages to browse coverage produced by SBS in that language.

The portal provides one place where the many Australians who speak a language other than English can come to for the latest news and resources across more than 60 languages, produced by SBS Radio and SBS News.

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Phone Chat for isolated people

The Community Houses Association of the Outer eastern Suburbs (CHAOS Inc) is a network of 30 Neighbourhood and community houses and centres across Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. 

Current COVID-19 restrictions require people to stay home and self isolate, meaning many people, especially those unable to use or without access to technology, may be cut off from their normal social support networks and feel very lonely and isolated. 

In response to this we have created a toll free line where people can simply ring and have a chat. It is not therapeutic or for crisis, just a friendly person on the other end of the phone.

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Headspace Psychologist

Headspace Psychologist now available for appointments in Monash!

Free & Confidential support for young people aged 12 – 25.

Available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays at MYS Glen Waverley.

Call 9518 3900 or email to book or for more information.

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New Telstra Top-Up Program - complimentary $30 recharge

Infoxchange and Telstra have partnered to offer the Telstra Top-up program, which provides a complimentary $30 recharge to those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or family violence.

The program is now available to specialist housing providers via Infoxchange’s SHIP, CIMS and SRS case management systems across Australia. Any client of these eligible providers who is impacted by homelessness and/or family violence can access the free recharge, provided they are a Telstra pre-paid mobile phone customer.

This new method of distribution replaces the program previously known as the “Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Recharge Program”. This program involved the distribution of physical recharge cards and formally ended on 30 June 2019.

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Food Aid Program - Templestowe

Food Aid program in the Templestowe area for individuals or families struggling with everyday financial commitments, like food.

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Get together - a guide to what's on at Community Houses across the outer east

A brochure listing over 200 activities, programs, groups and events conducted at the 30 community houses across the Outer East of Melbourne. A great way of letting people know about the amazing range of programs that are available to the community, including support activites and food services.

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Pathways to Home - Assertive outreach for people sleeping rough

Pathways to Homes is an assertive outreach program delivered by wellways in t he local government area of Maroondah. It is part of the Victorian Government Rough Sleeping Action Plan, a Two-year pilot program running across Victoria. 

Pathways to Homes is an assertive outreach program delivered by Wellways in the local government area of Maroondah. It is part of the Victorian Government Rough Sleeping Action Plan, a two-year pilot program running across Victoria. 

Pathways to Home will engage with people experiencing rough sleeping and support them to connect with their community. The program will work alongside exisitn services and collaborate to support participants to secure a home and live a meaningful life.

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New Energy Rights to Help Customers from 1 Jan 2019

From 1 January 2019 energy customers have new rights that help them to pay their energy bills. To explain what the changes mean the Energy and Water Ombudsman has created some useful resources including a new videofactsheet and webpage.

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LifeCare Women's Centre

LifeCare Women's Centre is part of Crossway LifeCare, a community services organisation passionate about helping people in tough places flourish.

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Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA)

ECASA provides a free counselling and support service to people who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past. The service is also available to non-offending family and friends. ECASA’s counsellors are trauma specialists with degrees in psychology, social work or counselling.

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FREE sexual health service at Inspiro (Lilydale)

Inspiro are running a free sexual health service in Lilydale.  The community health nurse can see people individually on a range of issues around sexuality including safe sex, contraception, STI information, pregnancy choices and more.

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Tobacco Free Clinic

Presented by EACH this program offers specialist counselling to support people to reduce or quit smoking. 

The Tobacco Free Clinic is open to anyone seeking to reduce or quit smoking. Consultations are provided by an experienced and registered health professional with training and expertise in smoking cessation.

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Jobs for Life

‘Jobs for Life’ exists to bring hope and dignity to the unemployed and assist in the pursuit of finding meaningful work. The course focuses on each person’s unique design and the importance of work while encouraging and motivating students to develop the hard skills required in being a dependable employee. The Jobs for Life course teaches practical skills as well as important life skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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Community Hub Meals

Free Meal 
Tuesdays and Fridays 
Wantirna South

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Paws for thought

There will be a drop in group starting on Thursdays run by me Billie the Therapy Dog! Paws for Thought aims to engage clients who may not be ready for one-one-one appointments but need a soft introduction to headspace Knox. We all know I am a great tool for engaging young people and I also make them feel calm and happy. It will allow opportunity for young people to socialize with each other and chat informally about what they may be on their minds with some supporting headspace humans.

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New Family Violence support group starting soon at the lifecare women’s centre

We are seeking referrals for our new support group commencing in Term 4, on Thursday 11 October.

Target audience* 

  • Single mothers with a history of domestic/family violence (intimate partner)
  • not currently in a crisis (unless sufficiently supported by other services)
  • women who are feeling ready and motivated to commence their healing journey
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CHAMPS MAT Life Skills Program

CHAMPS (Children and Mentally Ill Parents) is a peer support program for children of parents who have a mental illness or mental health issues. 

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The MAT Life Skills program

The MAT Life Skills program is for children aged 8 - 12 years who have a parent with mental health issues, including children who do not live with their parents.

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Neami Steps to Wellbeing

Neami Steps to Wellbeing is a FREE short term program funded by the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

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Mind works with people 16 - 64 years of age whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live in the community is impacted by mental health issues. 

People who use our services come from many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Creative Reflection Group - a recovery focused therapeutic group

Substance Use Recovery (SURE) provides a welcoming, hopeful, holistic, family inclusive, recovery oriented and professional service, that works with you in exploring all options to create a pathway for your journey into recovery.

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Wear for Success- Professional Clothing and work skills for the journey back to work

How do you instil confidence and self-belief in someone who's struggling on the journey back to work? Wear for Success provides professional clothing and work skills training to provide people with the best possible chance of achieving their dreams.

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Medication Support and Recovery Service - FREE addiction drug and alcohol service

Medication Support and Recovery Service - FREE addiction drug and alcohol service

The Medication Support and Recovery Service (MSRS) is a FREE addiction drug and alcohol service that aims to help people who may be dependent or misusing medications, either over-the-counter or prescription. 

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headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

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Reimagine today- a website to help people navigate the NDIS

Supporting people living with mental health conditions to navigate the NDIS

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Autism Counselling Social Skills Group

Jo White, of Autism Counselling, is running social skills groups for different ages. There is a cost, however FAHCSIA funding may apply and children may also be eligible for the Statewide Children's Brokerage Program funding. 

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