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Connecting Teens

Proudly supported by City of Monash

‘Social Group for Young People, especially those living with Asperger’s, ADHD and similar traits’

Objective: Connecting Teens provides opportunities for young people (12-18yrs) to experience friendships (social inclusion) in a safe and supported setting. It is suitable for young people who experience difficulty with social connections and may have ASD, ADHD and other similar conditions

Connecting Teens provides:

1. Opportunities for young people to develop their self-confidence, social skills and ability to make and maintain friendships.
2. A social club where young people can be part of their social group, and be encouraged to contact each other outside of the group to enhance friendships.
3. Social outings, recreational activities as well as regular games nights to ensure young people are participating in social activities that are healthy, fun and part of what it is that young people do.

Strategies:

⦁ To run fortnightly social activities, mainly based at Power Neighbourhood House in Ashwood during school terms
⦁ Six to eight participants in a group.
⦁ There will be two facilitators to run the group. Both facilitators will have undergone “Working with children” checks.
⦁ Focus will be placed on helping the young people to work together and to develop friendships.
⦁ Group activities will concentrate on teaching social skills in a fun setting.
⦁ Individually assess each participant to ascertain similar interests to assist with friendships and social connection
⦁ The program will introduce participants to local services and recreational venues and encourage them to use, enjoy and respect these services.

Meeting Times and Location:

The younger group (12 - 15 yrs) will meet alternate Fridays 5 – 7pm and the older group (16 to 18yrs) will meet from 7:30 – 9:30pm.
Snacks are provided for the younger group and dinner for the older group. Outings are usually with both groups together and we endeavour to hold them on the Friday nights, unless otherwise stated. A letter of each terms activities and timetable is sent out via email at the beginning of each term - If postal mail is preferred, please let Suresh know.

Attendance:

A record of attendance will be maintained. Confirmation of attendance prior to the event is requested, usually by the Tuesday before meeting up on Friday. If the young person is unable to attend, please contact Suresh at Power Neighbourhood House on suresh@powernh.org.au or on 98073589. Carol is available on 0432150799 also.

Costs:

Costs for the program will be kept to a minimum. To cover some basic costs, such as food and most of the excursions, parents are asked to pay a fee of $80 per school term. If this cost is prohibitive, please let us know.

Medical Emergencies:

There will be a qualified first aid facilitator at each meeting to attend to any minor conditions. If an emergency becomes apparent whereby an Ambulance must be called, the parents/carer will be notified immediately. Any expenses relating to ambulance attendance must be met by the family.

Dealing with Concerns:

If there are any concerns raised as to the running of the group or the behaviours of any group member, facilitator, parent or staff member, the relevant parties involved will meet and discuss how best to manage the situation. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Location Policy:

Due to funding requirements (and to make it possible for young people to meet outside of the program), it is expected young people involved in Connecting Teens are living or studying within the City of Monash. The City of Monash includes the suburbs of Ashwood, Burwood (part), Chadstone, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Hughesdale, Huntingdale, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Oakleigh East, Oakleigh South (part) and Wheelers Hill.

Capacity Policy:

If Connecting Teens has reached capacity and you have an interest in the program, a waiting list is used. Please let us know if you wish to be on the list. The waiting list will be used when a long term spot becomes open, and is decided by a first come basis and a best fit model to the group.

Group Member’s Responsibilities:

We are a Community House where people of all races, abilities, religions are considered equal and all participants have a right to feel safe and welcomed. We expect all members to treat each other with dignity.

All groups using the Neighbourhood House are expected to clean up after themselves, including our Connecting Teens young people. We believe that this responsibility is a positive approach in supporting their independence and maturity.

If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to call Suresh or Carol on 9807 3589. Our facilitators, Craig and Suresh, can also be available to discuss the group and how your child is getting along.

Expressing Interest in the Program:

Please contact us to express interest or with any questions: Phone: 9807 3589 or 0432 150 799,
Email: suresh@powernh.org.au

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Supported by

Monash Lions Club
Kando Martial Arts
City of Monash

 

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Power Neighbourhood House gratefully acknowledges
Monash City Council
Wheelchair Access
Victorian Government