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The Mentor and Support (Co-ordination) Program aims to provide good services to help Young People. The service is between a Mentor and a Young Person for the purpose of reducing risk of harm behaviours and improving personal development.
The Young person may be on statutory orders including justice, and/or child protection/out-of-home care and present with significant risk factors and high-risk behaviours The program seeks to be culturally competent and meet the needs of Aboriginal Young People.
The Mentor and Support (Co-ordination) Program is about positive experiences for the young person. The program presents as an adventure, recreation and athletics program for Young People. The Mentor is a positive role model, someone who the Young Person can easily connect with and develop a positive relationship and potential attachment.
The program supports the Young Person to develop their own strategies for:
- Support planning and goal setting
- Personal development, risk mitigation, capacity building and coping skills
- Daily living, practical support and crisis management
The Mentor supports the Young Person to reduce their own risk factors, build strengths and equip themselves with knowledge, skills and resources required for a good life.
The objectives of the program are to help Young People reduce risk of harm or problem behaviours toward a good life. Specifically, the program seeks to:
- Assist Young People to identify their own strengths and identify protective factors in their lives
- Empower Young People to build capabilities and protective strengths toward a good life
- Support Young People to identify and reduce risk factors/triggers and implement strategies to reduce the risk of future risk behaviours
Stephen’s two decades of child protection, out-of-home care, and disability support experience has earned him the reputation as the ‘go-to-man’ when there is a problem. Stephen is the service director and has led Intensive Support since 2003.
Sharon is an all-rounder, a support guru, and Intensive Support pinch hitter. Sharon has been working on the frontline of child protection, out-of-home care, and disability services for over 25 years, ten of those years with Intensive Support.
Cindy is the calm in the ‘NDIS’ storm at Intensive Support. What Cindy does not know about NDIS is not worth knowing. Cindy oversees the Intensive Support administration and is a founding director of Intensive Support.
Sagato is extremely passionate about creating a society that includes, values and amplifies the voice of children and young people with disabilities and/or mental health disorders. Sagato has been influential in building Intensive Support’s understanding of the needs of Pacific Islander people.
Josh has worked for Intensive Support more than three years. His roles have covered direct support work and community development. In his spare time he has found energy to complete a Bachelor of Criminology (Hons). Marcel has been influential in building Intensive Support’s understanding of the needs of people who practice Islam.
Dana is the very model of a modern Major General, a woman who gets stuff done at Intensive Support with serious child protection and out-of-home-care smarts and a unique straightforward style. Dana is studying her Honours year of a Bachelor of Criminology.
Alison is a proud Wiradjuri woman working in Western Sydney. Alison has been influential in building Intensive Support’s understanding of the needs of Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander people. Alison is an outstanding worker and service developer.
Charlie is the baby of the Intensive Support team and one held in high esteem by our clients and participants. With his boyish charm and spectacular skateboarding/scooter riding skills it is no wonder he connects and engages brilliantly with children and young people.
As a Gadigal man of the Eora Nation, Aaron’s roles have covered direct support work and community development, Aaron has been influential in building Intensive Support’s understanding of the needs of Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander people.