Connect started with the aim of providing long-term accommodation for people who experience mental ill-health, and has since grown to provide a comprehensive range of support services which are intended to assist and facilitate recovery and community integration:
Just living in the community does not necessarily make one a part of the community.
In 1993 AMHS employed a vocational support co-ordinator with a brief of researching and assessing employment and training opportunities on the North Shore for psychiatric consumers, and more importantly, assisting people who experience mental illness to a position where they may be able to take advantage of these opportunities.
A number of years on with many successes and learning opportunities under our belt the issue for us now is no longer whether this would work or who wants it but more how can we continue to do this better and do more of it. From auspicious beginnings of a part time vocational coordinator who hoped to place one or two clients in part-time work the service now boasts seven fulltime staff and a client base averaging 200 job seekers.