ARROS

ARROS
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ARROS works with young people with an intellectual or cognitive disability who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

ARROS works with young people with an intellectual or cognitive disability who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The team’s outreach activities aim to help young people access safe, affordable and integrated accommodation; rebuild and strengthen existing relationships as well as develop new ones; and participate in communities, and develop the capacity of those communities to support them.

ARROS work is underpinned by a set of principles that includes:

  • Building relationships, both with young people with a learning difficulty and with their families and the community.
  • Commitment to work with them over the long term.
  • Respecting the contribution that young people can make and promoting that message to a wider audience.
  • Building resources and capacity particularly with families and the wider community to enable them to support young people with a learning difficulty to feel valued and respected.
  • Being flexible in recognising that each young person’s situation may require a unique response.

ARROS also works with young people with an intellectual and /or learning disability who are leaving foster care because they are turning 18. Work begins with these young people once they turn 15 and they can access the service until they turn 21.

This work is funded under Transition and Post Care Support from the Department of Communities (Disability and Community Care Services) and NDIS.

In support of this work, CLA has established the Transition Mentoring Program. Under this program, youth mentor volunteers offer guidance, support and encouragement to a young person to help them make the transition from foster care to independence. Volunteers don’t need specialist skills, just a willingness to listen, care and understand. Ongoing training and support is provided in return for a commitment of a minimum of one hour per week for twelve months.

This is a rewarding experience both for the young person and their youth mentor. To find out more, contract us on (07) 3266 3788.