Due to the success of the Wyndham Community Ownership Model, Open Family Australia, in partnership with the Peninsula Community Ownership Foundation (PenCOF) and St John of God, identified a need for an Outreach program within the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region.
Over the past few years PenCOF, St John of God, a group of local business owners and community members, have been raising funds to develop this much needed program into the area. Open Family Australia has established a development committee to raise funds and the committee aims to raise the necessary funding to secure two workers for the region on an ongoing basis.
The program commenced in March 2010 with one Outreach worker. The program provides case management for at-risk and street-frequenting young people to provide them with the necessary information, support and referrals, to allow them to make informed decisions and reconnect them back into the community.