Supporting Connections enables holiday experience for SRS residents

Five long term residents of a Supported Residential Service (SRS), have recently had the opportunity to travel to Queensland, after receiving assistance from the Supporting Connections Program.

Being the first holiday for some and having lived in institutions for a majority of their lives, many of the residents did not have birth certificates or photo identification, creating challenges for SRS employees when organising holiday logistics.

Supporting Connections worked closely with the SRS proprietor and residents, to obtain the necessary documentation. After liaising with Deaths, Births and Marriages, the team were able to secure flights, enabling the residents to go on the long-desired holiday.

Supporting Connections Key Worker, Russel Belshaw expressed the resident’s gratitude for the holiday,

“After some challenges collating the required documents for the residents, it was great to see the outcome achieved. It was nice to hear all the stories the residents returned with, they had a great time in Queensland”.

For the residents, this trip created many rewarding opportunities, including reconnecting one resident with family and the chance to meet grandchildren. Whilst for others, the opportunity to fly for the first time and see another part of the country, was the highlight.

Supporting Connections work in collaboration with both the residents of SRS and their proprietors to identify residents’ social and health needs. The program provides access into mainstream community and health services, aiming to improve outcomes for residents.

For more information about Supporting Connections Program, please contact us on 03 5337 8999.