Real8 Program (RL8)

What is Real8

The Real8 program works with children and young people in Out of Home Care and children and young people that are, or will be identified as being at risk without appropriate intervention.

Real8 uses a strength-based approach and recognises that children and young people can be supported in making decisions that encourage them to reach their full potential.

What Services are offered under the Real8 program?

Mentoring
We aim to equip young people with the tools and strategies to navigate obstacles in their everyday lives. We pair up young persons with a positive role model that will guide them in understanding how to make good choices. We give the young people the platform to have a voice and be in control of how they can contribute to improving their quality of life.

Supervised Transport
Supervised Transport involves workers transporting and/or supervising young people for a variety of activities. Such activities can include appointments for any of the children/young people such as medical, counselling or psychotherapy. We can also provide AM and PM school transport, and other supervised transport services to support parents and carers.

Early Intervention / Diversionary
Our support workers and youth workers will reach out and work with children/young people who are at risk or disadvantage such as poverty, violence, family breakdown, homelessness, issues at school, and self-awareness. We look at the risk factors affecting a child / young person and how we can work towards reducing these factors to accomplish positive results. We provide a holistic approach to working with young people that is evidence and best practise based framework.

Respite
Respite care provides the child/young person’s usual carer with a break from their responsibilities as carers. Our ReaL8 program provides highly trained and qualified support workers to provide structured, meaningful activities ensure the child/young people have a positive experience.

Respite can be offered in many forms such as:
Recreational Respite – taking the child/young person to participate in a fun activity which is designed to allow them to experience something that they might not be able to experience in their daily lives. This can also be designed to teach them new skills e.g taking them to a boxing lesson.
Peer support – group dynamics that encourage positive socialisation among young people.

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