Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong,
City of Casey and Cardinia Shire
Provides individualised and group based services for young adults with disability. Services include community-based recreational activities, volunteering, employment, fitness, life-skill development and various therapies. Therapy services for children with disability, developmental delay or additional needs include occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy and psychology.
We have different ways of supporting your needs and enabling you to do what you want, so you can achieve a range of goals and interests, including: learning new skills, preparing you for work, completing courses, personal development, social and leisure activities, weekends away, and weekend outings with friends. You can chose how to best use your funding by choosing different types of support: sharing your support (groups) or using individual support.
The Enhancing Vacation Care Program Helps children and teens aged between 6 - 18 years who have a mild to moderate disability and want to join mainstream holiday activities with minimal support. They need to live in the Shire of Cardinia. There is no cost for the extra support. Children's services are run by OSHClub at Pakenham Springs and Beaconsfield Primary schools. Youth Services are run by the Cardinia Shire and are based at My Place.
We provide Carer Gateway (Commonwealth-funded) and Support for Carers (State-funded) services:
- support for carers to focus on their own needs and personal goals
- information and assistance to connect carers with the right support services
- support to access respite and equipment
- carer coaching
- facilitated peer to peer support to enhance carer wellbeing
- events for carers focusing on education, peer support and social connection
We also provide respite services, resources and supported activities for older people with care needs, and their carers, via the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Fees apply for this program.
Every caring journey has its challenges. Maintaining your own health and wellbeing is important. We can help you find the most useful supports for your situation.
Access Youth Specialist Disability Employment Service
Access Australia Group offers a free comprehensive model of support and activities designed to help youth find a job and achieve goals.
We assist eligible clients to prepare for work such as resume development, training in interview skills, help look for and apply for suitable jobs. Access Australia Group can tap into the hidden job market and provide on the job support and mentoring for clients and employers.
Mission Australia provides Free Employment Support with compassion and perseverance to help vulnerable people with a Disability, Injury, Health Issue, Mental Illness, Trauma, Learning Challenges, Physical Limitations and Addictions. Mission Australia is able to use its extensive network of employers and community relationships to place jobseekers into meaningful, suitable and sustainable employment and will continue to offer in-work support for a minimum of 12 months (or more when needed).
Further assistance includes resume writing, job searching, interview preparation, interview clothes, contact local employers, gain access to work experience and work trials, wage subsidies to employers (eligibility criteria), modification of work areas (when required) and much more.
Life can be difficult without a job and Mission Australia, a national Charitable non-for profit organisation, is here to help clients and their family (No waitlist).
Mission Australia is also open to referrals and collaboration with the local community. Andrea Savarin - Community Engagement Coordinator - 1300 883 067 or 0490 889 404