Would you like to be a positive role model and support young people to build independent living skills and transition to independent living?
- Are you compassionate and interested in making a real difference in young people’s lives?
- Would you like to receive free accommodation?
- Easily combine this volunteer live-in role with your work or study commitments.
- Western and Northern suburbs locations
Overview of the Program
COMPASS is a leaving care initiative between Anglicare Victoria and Vincent Care and is Australia’s largest Social Impact Bond. COMPASS will help young people successfully transition from Out of Home Care and set them on a positive path to independence. The COMPASS Model
- Step-up, step-down’ housing – a flexible housing model that will allow young people to engage with different housing options depending on their individual circumstances. Young people will have the option to receive support to continue to live with their current foster or kinship carer, or be supported to transition into independent housing through supported rental arrangements or spot purchases.
- Individualised tailored support – A key worker will work alongside the young person to support their aspirations and goals and will ensure they have the skills and supports required for independent living. The key worker will be able to access general and specialist supports in the community. A tenancy worker will also support the young person to find and secure long term accommodation.
COMPASS is an evidence based program that will be formally and independently evaluated to determine if the model has been able to improve the experience of care leaves and set them on a positive path to adulthood. The evaluation will measure young people’s progress for a total of 4 years, 2 years while they are engaged with COMPASS and 2 years post COMPASS support.
COMPASS will be measured on three outcomes and investors will get a return on the success of these outcomes
- Achievement of stable housing – a decrease in homelessness as measured by access to short-term or emergency accommodation from Specialist Homelessness Services.
- Improved health – physical and mental health improvements as measured by emergency department presentations
- Decrease in offending behaviour – as measured by the number of convictions recorded.
The Live-In Mentor’s role is to live at the designated property with two young people aged 18-20 and provide direction, encouragement and support within the household. Live-In Mentors are required to act as positive role models and assist the young people in the house to develop independent living skills. They are expected to demonstrate a positive and balanced lifestyle and be engaged in some form of employment, study or training. They are also required to participate equally in domestic chores and duties and to ensure that any conflicts arising within the household are dealt with in a positive and productive manner.
Live-In Mentors are not paid workers but volunteers. They are required to equally contribute to utility expenses, however are not required to pay rent. Live-In Mentors receive an honorarium payment of $70 per week.
- This is a volunteer position and no wage or salary is available.
- The occupant of this position recognises the importance to advise the program supervisor of any proposed absences as early as possible prior to a session commencing to allow adequate alternative arrangements to be made.
- All volunteers participate in training and supervision.
- All volunteers of Anglicare Victoria are subject to a six month probationary period.
- Occupants of this position are subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check prior to commencement and will be required to hold a current Working with Children card, and a valid driver’s licence.