Authors: Richmond Fellowship of Victoria (RFV)
Event: 2004 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Recovery Program or Service
Abstract: The Apollo Program is a Victorian Residential Rehabilitation Service, with a recovery focus, for young adults who experience mental health issues. In addition to the residential program, it incorporates a Dual Diagnosis service (mental health and drug/alcohol issues) and a day activity program, Sprout, based at an old market garden site. The program has made a significant contribution to the field of mental health, from its support of local individuals and their families, to its role in statewide program evaluation development, and its links to the ANZ banking group. Clients are active participants in service planning and implementation. A number of special projects have been initiated in response to their needs and interests, for example creative arts projects, a drama group, and Discovery ‘03 - a trip to outback Australia. Overall, Apollo aims to assist individuals in their recovery through innovative and responsive service provision that is supportive and fun! Description of Facility/Organisation: The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria (RFV) manages in excess of 35 programs in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. These programs employ over 350 full time and part time staff. The organisation’s Head Office is located in Collingwood. The RFV is funded primarily by grants from the government and closely networks with a broad range of community and health organisations. It has an operational budget of over $12M.The Richmond Fellowship prides itself in its ability to deliver a diverse range of services, which seek to ensure best possible outcomes for consumers. The organisation works within a culture that encourages significant consumer participation, promotes a culture of learning and professionalism.