ARROS

ARROS
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Phone: (07) 3266 3788
Email: arros@communityliving.org.au

The ARROS team currently has three programs of support:

  1. Outreach support: Individual, holistic support for young people with a cognitive disability
  2. Transition to Employment: Support for young people with an intellectual disability who have a child safety or youth justice experience to build skills for employment
  3. Counselling and Art Therapy

ARROS supports people who have experienced many complex circumstances, including; homelessness or risk of homelessness, interaction with youth justice and/or the criminal justice system, out of home care, poor mental health or substance use issues. These people often have a history of trauma and social disadvantage which can result in complex behaviours that isolate them further from society. This can impact their access to mainstream and specialist supports as well as their ability to maintain relationships that provide informal support.

Eligibility

Outreach
(Transition & Post Care Support)

  • Young people aged 15 – 21 years, who
  • Have a cognitive disability, and;
  • Have a care experience, and;
  • Live North of the Brisbane River to Caboolture (including Moreton Region), and;
  • May or may not be eligible for NDIS

Transition to Employment

  • Young people aged 15 – 25 years, who
  • Have a cognitive disability, and;
  • Have a care experience, or a youth justice experience, and;
  • Live North of the Brisbane River to Caboolture (including Moreton Region), and who;
  • May or may not be eligible for NDIS

Outreach
(NDIS Funded Outreach Support)

  • Young people aged 15 – 25 years, who
  • Have a cognitive disability, and;
  • Are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and;
  • Live North of the Brisbane River to Caboolture (including Moreton Region), and;
  • Have an NDIS plan

Counselling & Art Therapy

  • Open to all ages;
  • Interested in working with a counsellor or therapist;
  • Counselling and art therapy can be funded in a number of ways, for example:
    • NDIS plan
    • Mental Health Care Plan
    • Privately funded

To find out more about any of our programs, contact us on 3266 3788 or arros@communityliving.org.au

Outreach Support

ARROS provides holistic outreach support to young people with an intellectual or cognitive disability who are at risk of homelessness. We have been working in this space for over a decade and have adapted our service provision to respond effectively to young people on the fringe. Our aim is to support people to find:

  • places to live
  • spaces to belong
  • roles for meaning
  • a community that welcomes and includes

Outreach supports can be funded through Transition and Post Care Support funding, or through a young person’s NDIS plan. There are five key elements to our approach that have proved effective in responding to the complex needs of this population. They are as follows:

  1. Pro-active outreach increases connection with young people who are transient, and/or experiencing dislocation due to crisis. For these young people, their disability can reduce their ability to navigate the complexities of their circumstances. Assertive and pro-active outreach is vital to establish and maintain relationships with this population.

  2. Skilled workers who can build and hold relationships with the young people. In our work we focus on the importance of meaningful relationships between workers and young people. We are committed to establishing relationships even though the young person may initially be non-responsive, hanging in through times of chaos and crisis, being non-judgmental, providing support in the face of challenging behaviours, seeing the strengths and gifts that young people possess and supporting them to express those gifts. Our workers are supported by training and ongoing supervision.

  3. Flexibility is essential to provide support that is responsive to the stated and unstated needs of these young people. This involves shifting from supporting a young person with established plans to providing responsive support in a time of crisis.

  4. Willingness to engage with a young person’s networks is key in understanding what supports already exist and what people contribute to further risk. ARROS workers require the ability and commitment to work with these relationships, to hold and enhance those aspects that support the young person and to assist young people to promote safety in relationships that increase risk.

  5. Holistic responses that support young people to find somewhere safe to live, someone to call on, something meaningful to do and places to feel accepted. The work includes facilitating links and positive relationships with service providers and can involve undertaking advocacy on the person’s behalf to ensure they have access to services in health, housing and other systems.

Transition to Employment

Transition to Employment is a project that supports young people aged 15 to 25 years who:

  • Have a cognitive disability, and;
  • Have a care or youth justice experience, and;
  • Live North of the Brisbane River to Caboolture (including Moreton Region), and;
  • May or may not be eligible for NDIS

Transition to Employment is a flexible project that focuses on supporting young people to identify and start working towards their goals around employment. We use a holistic approach by way of continuing to support primary support networks identified by the young people we work with.

Our workers have the capacity to work with participants either one-on-one or in small groups to support them to:

  • Prepare for work – focus on developing personal skills for employment and community participation such as hygiene, goal setting, learning about workplace health and safety standards, creating a resume, accessing transport
  • Gain work experience – engage in supported work placements guided by the interests and goals of the participants, this may be through Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC) businesses and various mainstream work placements
  • Access specialized training – support to identify what steps to take and skills to build in order to achieve their goals, and support to engage with work experience, job placements and professional assessments to identify strengths
  • Engage in work – support to access paid employment, volunteer work, starting a small business, contributing to the community, engaging in meaningful use of time

This project is funded through the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant. Please note that participants do not require NDIS to access Transition to Employment.

ARROS Counselling

ARROS has two counsellors who provide counselling services to people under NDIS or Medicare arrangements. The team has particular expertise with counselling support to people with intellectual disability, mental health challenges and complex life circumstances including trauma.  We can also offer art therapy and counselling to Japanese speaking people.

All our counsellors are willing to look at home visits.

Referrals to Jess Burke – 3266 3788 or  arros@communityliving.org.au

Megumi Hassan

Megumi is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker; she has extensive experience offering counselling services to people with intellectual disability. She also offers counselling services to Japanese speaking people. Can work with people with NDIS plans or Medicare mental health referrals.

Donna Confetti

Experienced in Art Therapy, Group Work and individual counselling. Extensive experience working with people with intellectual disability and also people with mental health issues. Recently presented her work at 2019 International Conference of Art Therapy in Beijing.