By Holly McGuinness
A new mental health organisation for people living with a disability is coming to Brimbank and will provide access to their outdoors program with a new hub opening in the area.
Out Doors Inc. provides programs for individuals living with a disability ensuring they have the opportunity to connect with others when this can often be an overwhelming experience.
The programs use the outdoors as their vehicle to drive connection between participants as they host day and overnight trips involving a variety of activities provided by their skilled program coordinators.
Program coordinator, Cristian Orellana is excited to be joining the Brimbank community “All the coordinators that work with us are trained in outdoor education in things like hiking, camping, paddling, climbing, mountain biking, all those activities that kids do in outdoor education we offer it for participants.”
Out Doors Inc. has opened the hub in response to a gap in the area they wanted to fill, “we’ve taken on the recommendations from The Royal Commission into mental health in Victoria and we identified that our services aren’t accessible to the people in Brimbank, especially those that require it”
The new hub is open most Fridays and is designed for participants in the region to be able to drop in, ask questions, talk about the programs or join the next intake for activities.
Those wanting to participate are welcomed to come into the hub located at the St Albans Community Centre (STACC) where program coordinators will work out new participants’ needs and assist them through the next stage of joining a program.