Mental Health Services

Personal Helpers and Mentors Program Southside (PHaMs)


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About Us

Supports people aged 16-25 who do not have an NDIS plan and whose ability to manage daily activities and to live independently in the community is seriously affected by a severe mental illness.

PHaMs helps participants to overcome social isolation and increase their connections to community. They are supported through a recovery-focused and strengths-based approach that recognises recovery as a personal journey.

Our PHaMs workers provide practical and one-to-one assistance to help participants achieve their individual goals, develop better relationships and manage their everyday tasks.

PHaMs Employment Services:

This new program provides support for people with a mental illness who:

  • receive the Disability Support Pension or other government income support payments
  • are engaged, or willing to engage, with employment services, and
  • who have economic participation as a primary goal in their Individual Recovery Plan.

We are funded to provide specialist support and work with employment services (such as Disability Employment Services and Job Services Australia) to assist PHaMs participants to address non-vocational issues that are barriers to finding and maintaining employment, training or education.

From 1 July 2016, funding for PHaMs in the ACT will progressively transition to the NDIS until the PHaMs program ceases at the end of 2017.With this potential in mind and the resourcing available through to the end of 2017, WCS will limit intake to the Southside PHaMs program to young people severely affected by mental illness between the ages of 16 and 25 years.

Quick Facts About The Region

Woden Community Service is located in the suburbs of Phillip and Woden Valley, the council of Canberra and the federal electorate of Canberra.