Important to most of us is the opportunity to spend time with family, friends and colleagues, doing things that mean something to us, whether that is work, volunteering, sports or ‘hanging out’ with friends. Life for us all is about relationships and connections with people who value us for the people we are.

At Connections we recognise the importance of these relationships. Our role is to support existing relationships and to assist in building new connections for people within the communities each participant is part of.

We work hard to create an environment where both participants and staff are respected and feel safe. We practice Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) which has at its core the notion that each person is a valued member of the community and responds best in environments where they are valued and understood. PUSH, the acronym for passionate, united, skilled and honest are the four trademark behaviours of the Oakleigh Centre and is practiced by all staff at Connections.

We assist each participant to identify their dreams and goals and support them to work towards achieving these at their own level. It is important to us that each participant lives the sort of life they want with as much control over their own life as they can possibly have. Input is always encouraged from families, friends and other people who are important to the individual.

At Connections we assist people to participate in a wide range of activities based on their own life goals and individual interests. We offer a broad range of activities, clubs, workshops and classes that take place on site at 773 Warrigal Road and within the community. Each participant chooses their activities from the Semester Activity Guide in consultation with families, carers and their key workers and ‘sign up’ for a 23 week semester. Those who like structure and routine may choose exactly the same activities for the following semester whilst those who like variety and new experiences may wish to try new things. Each activity has learning as the focus and each participant shares their activities with people who have a common interest.

We also individualise support for our school leaver to integrate into the greater adult community.

Further information about Connections is available from the Connections Manager on 95690603 or contact us


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