Residential services

Peer Recovery Community (PRC) - WILLIAMSTOWN

At our Peer Recovery Community, you'll receive 1:1 support. Guided by an assessment of your strengths and areas you'd like support with, you will have your own individual recovery plan. You will be able to participate in peer learning workshops, which increase confidence and knowledge in: understanding the mental health system; individual recovery; building on personal strengths; fitting in within a community; creating a satisfying life; and re-establishing and maintaining supportive relationships. The combination of the workshops and individual support allows personal development and growth. Residents usually stay for a period of up to 12 months.

Who for:

People who need a lot of support to recover from mental illness and build independent living skills in a safe, home-like environment.

How to access:

Access is via the Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) intake system which for Williamstown is through Neami on 1300 379 462.
People eligible for a place must be between the ages of 16-64yrs, be assessed as having disability associated with a psychiatric condition and limited capacity for social and economic participation. Applicants must have a preparedness to participate in peer group work, and be committed to personal growth.

Outcome statement:

Enhanced confidence and the skills to live independently in the community.

Site description

Our Peer Recovery Community-Williamstown comprises of two separate buildings; one for men (unit 1) and one for women (unit 2). Both unit 1 and 2 comprise of 5 bedrooms, 2 of which include ensuites. There is shared kitchen, dining, living areas and also shared bathrooms and laundry. There is a shared communal lounge room on the site with a TV and a computer for the residents to use. There is also a meeting room, which is used more for a private space to hold 1:1 meetings, etc. We have a large courtyard with outdoor seating, veggie garden and bbq area. The staff base is located within the premises but is separate from the residential living quarters. We are located walking distance from local shops, cafes and the beach.