Supporting you to lead a fulfilling life

Workskil Community teams deliver a range of services aimed at helping people with mental illness to re-engage with the community both socially and economically.

About PHaMs (Personal Helpers and Mentors)

PHaMs is a voluntary program aimed at supporting people living in Victoria whose lives are affected by mental illness. PHaMs is delivered within a framework of strengths-based, recovery-oriented practice that recognises recovery as a personal journey driven by the PHaMs participant.

A key element is an emphasis on community support and social connection as an essential component of recovery. From 1 July 2016 the program will commence preparing participants for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) transition as well as continue to provide a PHaMs service.

How can PHaMs help me?
We work alongside you to:

  • set and achieve goals to improve your life
  • improve personal skills and confidence
  • achieve improved health & wellbeing
  • better manage tasks such as housekeeping, budgeting or getting to places using public transport
  • establish and maintain healthy connections with family and friends
  • locate and participate in social or community activities that interest you
  • access supports and services i.e. health, housing, employment and family support
  • prepare for and apply to access NDIS

PHaMs participants are asked to commit to working towards achieving their goals as agreed within their Individualised Recovery Plan.

Am I eligible?
To be eligible to participate in the PHaMs program you must:

  • be 16-64 Years age years
  • have a mental illness which has affected your ability to manage daily activities or live independently a as a result
    of the mental illness
  • be willing to engage with the program voluntarily and to work with a Recovery Facilitator to make life changes
  • Live within the Hume, Moreland Local Government Areas in Victoria.
  • be willing to work towards accessing a NDIS package

How to apply?
Referrals are accepted from:

  • The person themselves
  • A family member or carer
  • Medical/Health practitioners and community services

For more information about PHaMs please call 03 8539 9800 or email hdefreitas@workskilcommunity.com.au