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Accommodation Journey

Transitioning to supported accommodation is a great way to kick start your independence journey. If you’re someone living with an intellectual disability who would like to move out of home, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to make that happen. There are a range of supported living and disability accommodation options […]

Fellas Group – Aimed at men 45+

Fellas Group is aimed at men 45+ who would like to go out in a social group with the support of staff in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. The program will run on Tuesday’s fortnightly in 2022. Activities such as Ten Pin Bowling, Movies, Chess Club, Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Skydeck and more! You can […]

International Day of People with a Disability at the Y

International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year. IDPwD is an opportunity for us to make positive changes to the lives of the 4.4 million Australians with disability. The theme for IDPwD 2021 is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’. I am […]

Funday Sunday’s

Funday Sunday’s in 2022! Once a month on selected Sunday’s during 2022 we will be enjoying a day out in the community. Here are just some of the activities to choose from: Werribee Open Range Zoo BOUNCE, Essendon Fields Healesville Sanctuary Whittlesea Show Train ride to the Melbourne Aquarium You can register for as many […]

INTRODUCING FAMILY CONNECTIONS

Inclusion Services by the Y is proud to introduce our new Family Connections service. Our Connections Coordinator will be a point of contact working closely with our Children’s Services  to support families where there are concerns around a child’s development or the child has received a diagnosis. Support will be provided to families to navigate early intervention services […]

Parenting Autistic Kids: A Podcast

Parental As Anything is an ABC podcast about all things parenting, touching on mental health, disability, sex and consent, tantrums and loads more! The podcast is presented by Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s most reputable authors and educators. Dent is an advocate for kids and parents alike and is known for her practical approach to […]

Parenting Children with ADHD: A Podcast

Parental As Anything is an ABC podcast about all things parenting, touching on mental health, disability, sex and consent, tantrums and loads more! The podcast is presented by Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s most reputable authors and educators. Dent is an advocate for kids and parents alike and is known for her practical approach to […]

Social Scripts for Getting Vaccinated

Like many other organisations, Y Whittlesea has adapted to the challenges set by COVID-19. We have altered our services and programs to ensure that we can continue supporting people with disabilities and their families. We are always looking for new information and resources that might improve lives of those impacted by disability. And as Australia […]

Vaccination Centre for People Living with a Disability

A vaccination centre specifically for people living with a disability, and staff who care for them in their homes.  Bookings are essential. Individual appointments can be made by clicking on the following link: https://healthengine.com.au/book-covid-19-vaccination/85312  Where Aspen Medical 258 Settlement Road, Thomastown When Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4pm Enquiries  vicnorthvax@aspenmedical.com

Meet Edward

Edward is a new participant to our Inclusion camps. In August, he joined us for our Mount Evelyn camp and displayed courtesy and respect for everyone around him – earning him a reputation as a true gentleman! Some of the younger participants even gravitated towards his kind personality. As the day came to an end, […]

Meet Robert

Rob is one of our newer Camp Participants. Originally being on our Wrap program, he has ventured on to our respite camps and has so far completed two of them. He says that he can’t wait to be a part of many more camps as he loves participating in all of the activities. Rob gives […]

Safeguarding – Environment

Our final pillar of our Safeguarding Framework is Environment. We commit to creating safe environments and spaces for Children and Young People at the Y. Our Commitment to creating a Safeguarding Environment comprise of: eSafety Physical Families and communities Diversity To view our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy click here.

Safeguarding – Operations

As part of our Safeguarding Framework we commit to creating safe operations to ensure Y People have the right policies, processes and practices to keep Children and Young People safe. Our Commitment to creating a Safeguarding Operations comprise of: People Policies and Procedures Practices Complaints To view our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy click here.

Safeguarding – Culture

The first pillar of our Safeguarding Framework is Culture. We are committed to creating a safe culture that empowers Children and Young People and promotes intergenerational leadership and governance to embed Safeguarding at the Y. Our commitment to achieving a Safeguarding Culture comprises of: Leadership Governance Empowerment Values and Behaviours Education and Training Continuous Improvements […]

Our Safeguarding Framework

To achieve our Safeguarding Vision, we have developed our Safeguarding Framework. At the heart of our Safeguarding Framework is our Safeguarding Vision, to ‘feel safe, be safe’. Our Safeguarding Vision stands on three Pillars: Culture Operations Environment These Pillars are comprised of 15 elements that enable our Y People to understand how Safeguarding directly relates […]

Our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

At the Y Whittlesea, the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults is our highest priority. The right to be able to enjoy a safe environment free from threats, abuse, neglect or exploitation is our service commitment. We work hard to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people is embedded […]

Crystal’s Journey with Inclusion Services

Crystal is a young lady who has been accessing various services with the Y for many years, including 1:1 support, social groups and Support Coordination. Up until recently Crystal has been living in a unit at the rear of her family home. Along with her support coordinator, steps were put in place to begin the […]

Y Support Staff Establish A New Routine for Chelsea

Chelsea’s mum Gabby called us at the start of August quite distressed as they were having issues with Chelsea at home. She explained that Chelsea was becoming aggressive and violent more often towards all the family members in the home including her younger 8-year-old brother. Since Chelsea is unable to go to school, her routine […]

Job opportunities at Y Whittlesea

The Y Whittlesea team is growing! Want to work for a values based organisation in the local community? We currently have lots of job opportunities including: ▪️ Early Childhood and Family Inclusion Support Coordinator ▪️ Disability Camp Support Worker ▪️ Home and Community Support Worker ▪️ Disability Services Program Coordinator ▪️ Early Childhood Educator (Assistant […]

Emergency Food Relief Resources

Below are resources for our community to use in order to get emergency food relief. Please visit the relevant sites linked below for any further information on that service. Whittlesea Food Share is open on Tuesday 12-3pm and Wednesday 11am – 2pm – Contact details – Whittlesea Council Call Encompass Care Vic on 0422 461 847 for food […]

Vaccination for people with a disability and staff

Vaccination centre for people living with a disability  A vaccination centre specifically for people living with a disability, and staff who care for them in their homes, is now open. Eligibility:   People living within supported accommodation and the support staff for those facilities  If there are 2 or more people living with a disability at a single […]