COACH (Creating Opportunities and Casting Hope) is a National Community Mentoring Program.

COACH is a community-strengthening program that aims to empower individuals and families through one-to-one mentoring, breaking generational cycles of poverty and family breakdown.

Trained volunteer COACH mentors are ‘a friend with purpose’, offering participants practical help and mentoring towards life goals. These goals include education, employment, training, improved mental health, reduction in addictive habits, financial management, housing, family cohesion, decrease in social isolation, and improved physical and emotional wellbeing. Mentoring is a way to bring out the best in people and help them make use of their own resources. It also promotes individual responsibility and builds community cohesion.

Current Programs facilitated by our Service Providers include:

  • Coordinate and deliver the COACH Mentoring Program in Geelong and surrounding areas.
  • Recruit potential mentors.
  • Organise and facilitate Mentor training to potential mentors, in conjunction with the COACH National Technical and Training Manager.
  • Ensure all potential Mentors undergo relevant intake, training, screening welfare and recruitment checks.
  • Conduct assessments of Mentees applying to the program in accordance with the COACH Assessment Guidelines, ensuring all matches between Mentees and Mentors are carefully selected for the purpose of minimizing risk and maximizing positive relationships and outcomes.

Mentors meet with their mentees fortnightly to support their mentee to achieve their identified goals.

Our Impact Goals

  • Provide and build positive social connections within the community.
  • Support those experiencing disadvantage to reach their life goals eg. Improve parenting, enrol in education or employment.
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