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Colville Lodge

Colville Lodge

Securing a long term stable home for society’s most vulnerable people

Colville Lodge operates as a supported accommodation business and helps to fill the growing societal need for disadvantaged people to have a sense of place and belonging.

Accommodation is a fundamental need for people with a mental illness, and also for the rest of the community. Without adequate and safe accommodation, effective treatment and rehabilitation strategies cannot be implemented (Burdekin et al. 1993; Shepherd et al. 1996; 1997).

The Lodge provides a stable and safe home for thirty one people from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures. The majority of its residents have previously struggled to live independently due to severe and persistent mental illness.

The success of Colville Lodge lies inherently in that it operates as a home not just place to live. Residents state that they feel safe, respected and love the sense of community they feel in both the local area and with the other residents. Friendships, inclusion and camaraderie are the norm at Colville Lodge and residents genuinely care for and look out for each other.

 

 

Outcomes and Indicators

Stable and secure housing provides multiple benefits for both the individual and society at large. These benefits are well documented and are often a better predictor of reduced hospital admission than clinical interventions.

This delivers community cost savings in the areas of:

  • crisis, police and ambulance call outs
  • emergency departments and hospital admission
  • improved health status, maintenance of symptom stability and overall functioning reducing demand for treatment and care
  • improved sense of belonging and self-worth
  • improved social and economic participation
  • reduced reliance on welfare support and reduced impact on homelessness services

For further information, contact Kym Chomley via email kchomley@121care.org.au