Book of Proceedings: Regaining Citizenship; Connecting With Community At Yakkalla

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Authors: Liz Kelly, NSW

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference

Subject: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, Collaboration, confidence, capacity, community

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-8-8

Abstract: Recovering citizenship is all about respectful, meaningful growth and change for a consumer driven program…Yakkalla Recreation Program (YRP) has operated since inception in July 2003, servicing consumers on the Central Coast Region NSW. We continue to go from strength to strength, thanks to a dynamic forward thinking approach which has moved us from “just a place to go”, to a program which is underpinned by new attitudes on linking and sustaining good Mental Health with healthy lifestyle options and is reflected in Policy reform guiding how Mental Health Services within a community setting can best serve consumers. YRP is the result of a collaborative partnership of government and NGO owes success to all key stakeholders for planning, development and ongoing day to day management. IMAGINE a place in your community where formality and’ sickness ‘is left at the door, friendship and smiles abound, participation is non time framed, and where a choice of up to twenty programmed Leisure activities offering a pathway of recovery for social inclusiveness await.. Where, as Community Mental Health leaders, respectful connection to community is a part of our vision. YRP not only utilizes fantastic onsite facilities, we maximize community connectedness and coastal surrounds as activity based opportunities. Recovering citizenship through Yakkalla means hope, and reconnects people to self, family and community by breaking down barriers of isolation.

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