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.

A COACH mentor is a friend with purpose, offering 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.

We are faith-based but not faith-biased program and seek to benefit people no matter what their beliefs, religion, culture, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

How it works

Referrals to the program are made from community and government organisations serving Geelong or by the individuals themselves.

Both mentors and mentees commit to the program for a minimum 12 months with a strong focus on relationship building and working towards goals.

Mentees come from a variety of backgrounds wanting to address all sorts of issues such as parenting, life skills, workforce participation, addiction, education, training, and cultural competency skills such as English language support. C.O.A.C.H. Community Mentoring has been proudly developed and supported by Crossway Lifecare and Mission Australia