DebMcEvoyOne Village is a new department within Allevia.

Deb McEvoy-Herbert is the Director of One Village – a Social Worker with 25 years experience supporting families.

The philosophy of One Village is based on the African proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”

One Village consists of the programs we provide to the community, including Bankstown Occasional Care, Elevate Day Program Services, Bankslink, Roselink, Kid’s Life, Arablink and Vietlink. Over the coming months we will be meeting up with families and professionals to gain a deeper understanding of what families need and of the services that we provide. This consultation will contribute significantly to the development of the services which One Village will provide to the community.

The aim of One Village is to provide person-centred assistance for individuals and families which build their capacity to live sustainable, meanful lives in the community. Our services include person-centred planning support on referral to ensure that we understand what people want from us. If we can’t provide the support ourselves then we assist people to find and engage with the services they want and need in the community.

These are some of our services we have been providing for many years and will continue to provide in the foreseeable future:

ROSELINK

Roselink is a respite service funded to Allevia by Ageing, Disability, and Home Care (ADHC).

The program provides in-home respite care services to people with a disability who are aged 18 years and over, who live at home, and who reside within the Bankstown Local Government Area (LGA). Priority of access is given to people for whom in-home respite supports their ability to remain at home and in the care of their family.

Respite Care Packages: Allevia will negotiate the hours of support and other service details with each client. A typical package of respite is approximately 10 hours of service per month, but this is negotiable on a case by case basis. In short, the typical service involves a Respite Care Worker coming to the client’s home, providing the required care and support to the client, allowing their carer/s to have a break.

To Apply: please contact Gania Mansour (Village Life Balance Coordinator) on (02) 9773 8894 or gania@allevia.org.au. Gania will arrange for the appropriate forms to be provided to the applicant.

BANKSLINK

Bankslink is an ADHC funded respite service, based on a family respite model, for families of children and young people (aged 0 to 17 years) who have a disability, residing in the Bankstown LGA.

Respite Care Packages: Allevia negotiates each individual care package based on need and consideration to equitable distribution of the available Bankslink resources.

To Apply: please contact Gania Mansour (Village Life Balance Coordinator) on (02) 9773 8894 or gania@allevia.org.au . Gania will arrange for the appropriate forms to be provided to the applicant and assist with making a referral.

ARABLINK

Arablink is a service which offers expert assistance and support (in the forms of activities, referrals, education, and advice) for the Arabic parents of children and young people who have special needs.

The program utilises approved volunteer carers who provide assistance for children and young people with a disability and their families. The Arablink Village Advocate and all volunteer carers are Arabic and speak the language.

The Advocate is widely recognised for her services to the Arabic community of NSW. She is an active member of a number of carer groups and service provider forums and networks, and through the initial referral process, under takes a range of client assessments and provides applicants with assistance to access other appropriate services in the community, including case management through appropriate HACC services.

To Apply: please contact Lila Ibrahim (Village Advocate) on (02) 9773 8894 or lila@allevia.org.au . Lila will arrange for the appropriate forms to be provided to the applicant for completion and will process the application.

VIETLINK

Vietlink is a service which offers expert assistance and support (in the forms of activities, referrals, education, and advice) for the Vietnamese parents of children and young people who have special needs. This program does not receive any government funding and is solely run using volunteers. The program is coordinated by the Vietlink Village Advocate. Services may include simple assistance to identify and access the community services needed by the individual and their family. The Advocate speaks fluent Vietnamese and has considerable links to the Vietnamese community and local community service networks.

To Apply for assistance: please contact Mylinh Eyshoo (Village Advocate) on (02) 9773 8894 or mylinh@allevia.org.au.