Mission Australia COACH is a long term mentoring program that equips volunteer mentors from within the community to support disadvantaged families, assisting them to create a brighter future for themselves.
COACH is developed and managed centrally through Mission Australia and sits in our Chaplaincy area. It is implemented at a local level by church communities to who sign up to the COACH program, train volunteers and source referrals from local schools and welfare organisations.
Who is the program targeted toward and how does it work?
COACH community mentoring assists disadvantaged families, with at least one child under 12 years, who choose to engage with the program out of a desire to change their circumstances and create a more positive future.
Assessment guidelines ensure clients and mentors are matched both appropriately and safely. The family-mentor relationship is described as “a friendship with a purpose”.
Support is goal focused with families identifying two or three life goals beginning with a formal written support agreement for one year. Mentors work confidentially and ethically, spending time each week supporting a family, encouraging and affirming them to make plans to achieve their life goals.
COACH aims to influence generational change within families by breaking cycles of poverty and family dysfunction. Families are supported to deal with issues such as family breakdown, long term unemployment, early school leaving, addictions and homelessness.