Inclusive programs for all

Participants enjoying a day out at the NGV. (supplied)

Providing inclusive, personalised and supportive programs for people of all abilities is a key priority for the Y which operates a number of 1:1 support programs throughout Melbourne and the Greater Melbourne areas.

The profit-for-purpose organisation, which is also a Registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years across camps, in home supports, holiday programs, youth/social support programs and NDIS support coordination.

Its 1:1 support program is a crucial aspect of providing assistance and care to individuals with disabilities. It involves the provision of dedicated support and personalised attention to meet the specific needs and requirements of each person. This approach recognises that every individual has unique abilities, challenges, and aspirations, and aims to empower people to lead fulfilling lives.

“We have seen our program triple in the number of hours of support we provide our participants in the past 12 months” explains Y home and community director Sarah Gleeson.

“It is important we build rapport and spend the time to get to know our participants to enable them to overcome barriers, enhance their independence, and participate fully in all aspects of their life”.

This has lead the Y to develop a number of new support programs which provide people with disability who have similar goals and interests the opportunity to actively participate in community activities together. These include organised outings to sporting events, art classes, girls pamper days, ten pin bowling and day trips to regional Victoria, just to name a few.

“We have taken the participants lead in designing support their way,” said Sarah.

“Our community have told us they want to be able to have the 1:1 support of a support worker, so they could get individualised support for their needs but also wanted to be able to access community programs amongst their peers to create friendships and enjoy social experiences. Our Adventure Dayz, Lad and Girlz Club, Saturday Youngsters and Sunday Funday allow participants this opportunity.”

To enquire about Inclusion Services by the Y’s 1:1 support programs please call 1300 699 622 or visit