This info is designed for parents to support their young person to get the most from their Reach experience.

"The whole set-up of Reach – young people inspiring other young people – is not something you can provide as a parent."

ANNIE, PARENT

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About Workshops

Reach creates safe and supportive places where teenagers can connect with their peers and share their stories honestly.

This is important for teenagers – adolescence is a time people often try to make sense of who they are, what’s important to them and where they fit into the world.

Although each workshop is designed to meet the specific needs of teenage participants, generally workshops encourage young people to explore what it is to be a young person – by providing opportunities for participation in interactive youth-led discussions and activities, that encompass the kind of issues that all young people face.

FUSED WORKSHOPS

Fused is a four-week program that takes place one night a week (for 2 hours), once a term, at locations around VIC and NSW.

Fused is a chance for young people to make some new friends. Through discussion-based activities they can explore new strategies and skills for navigating life and discovering a sense of meaning and purpose, encouraging each other to uncover their potential.

We recommend choosing the Fused closest to your home as it will give your young person an opportunity to meet some other young people in their local community. 

EACH FUSED WORKSHOP INCLUDES:
  • At least one wellbeing professional (social worker or psychologist) who provides additional wellbeing support to young people as required.
  • An adult supporter is present at all times. They are trained in first aid and have general oversight for everyone involved and participating in the workshop.
  • Three to four Reach crew who design, facilitate, lead and guide all the experiences for young people.
  • 5-10 crew members who provide peer support to young people participating, as well as support to the lead crew to ensure that activities run smoothly.
WEEKENDS AWAY

Our Weekends Away are strongly aligned with the outcomes of Fused, and in many ways compliment that work.

The Weekends Away are more intensive, and mix both physical and discussion-based activities. Physical activities include challenges such as a ropes course, early morning aerobics and occasionally team sports. All Weekends Away will also allow for supervised free time.

The Heroes Weekend is an introduction to Reach Weekends and is open to any young person 13 to 17. The Advanced Weekend is for young people that have already participated in a Reach Weekend.. 

ALL WEEKENDS AWAY INCLUDE:
  • Two wellbeing professionals (social workers or psychologists) who provide additional wellbeing support to young people as required.
  • Two adult supporters are present at all times. They are trained in first aid and have general oversight for everyone involved and participating in the Weekend Away.
  • Three to four Reach crew who design, facilitate, lead and guide all the experiences for young people.
  •  10–12 crew members who provide peer support to young people participating, as well as support to the lead crew to ensure that activities run smoothly.
  • A number of Reach staff who ensure the safety of all participants and to assist with logistics.
IMPORTANT INFO:
  • Boys and girls are bunked separately with crew members in each cabin to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all participants. 
  • The cost of our Weekends Away cover travel, accommodation and meals. Participants are required to bring $10 for Friday night dinner.
  • For all Weekends Away young people are asked to arrive at The Reach Dream Factory at 5pm on a Friday afternoon and to be picked up from Reach on Sunday afternoon at 5pm.
  • Information regarding the specific details of each campsite,  including what to bring is provided to parents/guardians 2 weeks  prior to the Weekend Away.
GROUNDED

Grounded is a series of two workshops for young people (aged 14-16) who are at risk of disengaging or are disengaged from school, their peer networks or their family.

For those young people seeking a more intensive workshop experience, the Grounded Weekend Away runs annually in Victoria.

Grounded seeks to empower young people with confidence and resilience, build self awareness, connections with others, and to encourage young people to engage and apply leadership skills.

Grounded is fully subsidised by a generous partner and therefore requires no payment to attend.

SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Reach's Secondary School Workshops are designed to create an environment of awareness and mutual respect amongst students.

Each workshop is tailored to suit the developmental needs of students and issues common to year levels.

IMPORTANT INFO:
  • A teacher and wellbeing professional are required to attend each workshop.
  • Reach's wellbeing team works with schools to ensure students are supported before and after a workshop experience.
  • Reach strongly recommends that teachers follow up with students after the workshop and seek secondary consultation from Reach's wellbeing team if required.
  • Reach can provide info and support to secondary school staff to help understand the workshop experience and impact on students.
PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Reach's Primary School Workshops aim to support Grade 5 and 6 students in the transition from primary to secondary school.

Each workshop is tailored to suit the developmental needs of students and issues common to year levels.

IMPORTANT INFO:
  • A teacher and wellbeing professional are required to attend each workshop.
  • Reach's wellbeing team works with schools to ensure students are supported before and after a workshop experience.
  • Reach strongly recommends that teachers follow up with students after the workshop and seek secondary consultation from Reach's wellbeing team if required.
  • Reach can provide info and support to secondary school staff to help understand the workshop experience and impact on students.

“At such a low point in his life, my son only went to the first workshop to please me. Then after a couple of workshops he couldn’t stay away. After 6 months it was such an important part of his life. Forever grateful.”

LEANNE, PARENT

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FAQs

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HOW WILL A REACH WORKSHOP HELP MY YOUNG PERSON?

Our workshops, above all else are designed to be safe, non-judgemental and supportive spaces where participants, under the guidance of trained crew and wellbeing professionals (psychologist, social worker or counsellor), explore who they are and who they want to be.

The workshops aim to improve the wellbeing of young people. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW REACH WORKSHOPS IMPROVE WELLBEING?

We believe it’s important to evaluate our workshops to ensure that they are effective. Recent research has indicated that young people who participate in our workshops have an improved sense of life meaning and engagement. 

Following a Reach workshop, young people report enhanced levels of self-awareness and optimism, and the ability to build deeper, more meaningful connections, improved emotional and social skills, and positive wellbeing strategies.

WHO ATTENDS REACH WORKSHOPS?

Reach community workshops and Weekends Away are for all young people aged between 13-17. Although those 18 years and over are not able to enrol in a workshop, participants who turn 18 during their attendance are able to continue to attend.

Reach also offers Primary School Workshops for students in Grades 5 and 6, and Secondary School Workshops for years 7-12.

WHO DELIVERS THE WORKSHOPS?

The Reach crew.

The crew who design and deliver our workshops have been involved with Reach for five years or longer. They are extensively trained to create dynamic and safe spaces for young people to share and explore who they are and what is important to them.

All of the crew who run our workshops (as well as the other adults supporting workshops) undergo and pass a Working with Children Check.

HOW ARE THE CREW TRAINED?

To fulfil the important role of developing and delivering workshops that inspire other young people, our talented crew participate in the Leadership Development program. In this program, they are guided, supported, trained and mentored to deliver workshops and fulfil their own potential.

The Leadership Development program, guided by our values and aligned with the aims of our workshops, features five streams:

  1. Facilitation training is a comprehensive, theoretical and experiential training program intended to build the skills required to become a Reach Facilitator.
  2. Workshop training consists of tailored modules that explain the principles, aims, and objectives of each workshop, and the theory and practice that underpins our workshop design. This training integrates facilitation skills in the delivery of workshop themes and messages. Workshop Trainers also provide “on the job” training and practical guidance to crew.
  3. External development involves a series of externally sourced training opportunities where crew can extend areas of interest, develop skills outside of the Reach environment, and bring new knowledge into the organisation and workshops.
  4. Advanced skills training feature specialist workshops to increase the crew understanding of some of the complex wellbeing issues that young people face. These workshops are developed by, or in consultation with, the social workers and psychologists in the Services Team.
  5. Professional skills training consists of a workshop series designed for the organisation to ensure Reach workshops are delivered in a safe and professional environment.

WHAT WORKSHOPS DOES REACH DELIVER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE?

We run workshops for young people within schools and in the community. Our workshops include:

  • Fused (VIC & NSW): a series of workshops that runs over 5 weeks (after school) during the school term. Fused is open to any young person aged 13 to 17.
  • Weekends Away (VIC & NSW): a weekend camp usually during the school holiday period. Weekends are open to any young person aged 13 to 17.
  • Grounded (VIC): is for young people who are at risk of, or are disengaged from the school, their families and or their peer group. It is a two day workshop, delivered during the day within the school term.
  • Secondary School Workshops (VIC & NSW): Themed workshops for students in years 7-12, delivered in school.
  • Primary School Workshops (VIC & NSW): Preventative workshops for students in Grades 5 and 6, delivered in school.
  • Heroes Day (VIC): A large-scale workshop for up to 500 year 9 students, organised through schools.
  • Leadership Day (NSW): A large-scale workshop for year 9 and 10 students who demonstrate leadership potential, organised through schools.

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR MY YOUNG PERSON AFTER A WORKSHOP?

Reach provides a safe and supportive environment to all young people who participate in our workshops.

Medical and Consent Form must be completed for each participant prior to all community workshops. The information provided is reviewed by the Wellbeing Team, as part of a pre-workshop assessment.  The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that young people have the supports in place they need to fully benefit from the Reach experience.

There is a Wellbeing Professional (i.e. a social worker, counsellor or psychologist) at all of our community workshops. The Wellbeing Professional is available to provide support and follow up referrals to individual young people as required. The Reach Wellbeing team work in partnership with a young person’s current support network.

Medical and Consent forms are not required for school-based workshops.  You can find more info about how Reach supports students following a School workshop here.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY YOUNG PERSON FOLLOWING A REACH WORKSHOP?

Reach workshops provide an opportunity for young people to share what is important and meaningful to them. This process of sharing can help a young person feel less alone, as they realise that other young people in the group feel the same way. It can also serve as an opportunity to think differently and consider other perspectives. 

WHAT ARE THE BOUNDARIES FOR PARTICIPANTS AND CREW?

Young people working with young people creates a safe, non-judgemental environment where honesty and authenticity can thrive. For some parents this raises concern about behaviour and what their young person is given permission to participate in.

The Reach Code of Conduct details the expectations regarding the nature of relationships that are developed and maintained between young people participating in workshops and Reach staff, volunteers and crew. As a part of induction and training, all Reach staff, volunteers and crew are briefed of these expectations.

Young people are encouraged to engage with Reach crew through regulated mediums such as our Reach Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

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