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DVA Compensation will cost $100k in childcare
The veteran attended The Oasis, very distraught and presented with suicidal thoughts. A Planning Co-ordinator quickly reached out to experts in the field; this included a financial advisor from Evergreen Financial and Veteran Legal Services. The veteran was advised this would be looked into for them as a matter of urgency and someone from The Oasis would be in touch.
Now they can't get rid of me!
A good friend of Stuart's brought him into The Oasis, but in Stuart's words, "dragged him into The Oasis." One of the Planning Co-ordinators met with Stuart and straight away linked him in with Open Arms for his mental health. Stuart's DVA White Card was also applied for and the claims process was started. Again, in Stuart's own words, "The Oasis gave me hope and a light at the end of the tunnel, helping me navigate the system and getting me in the right direction to get fixed." The Oasis also introduced Stuart to TAFE QLD and courses he could do for free, to upskill and make him more employable as well as organised a resume for him.
Apparently I Am Overqualified
The veteran was linked in with the Employment Co-ordinator who assisted them in having their resume overhauled, cover letter created and interview skills refined through a professional company at no cost. The veteran was also linked in with a Planning Co-ordinator. Through this connection the veteran was introduced to RSL QLD for wellbeing and financial assistance, and free financial counselling, to make the most of the savings the veteran had left.
My 'Third Place'
Peter is a frequenter of Homebase and has his favourite corner inside. He has been a frequent visitor and at first was not very talkative, but after some work by different members of Team Oasis, he opened up. Despite his mental health struggles and feelings of a lack of entitlement to belong to the veteran community, he returns to what he refers to as his 'Third Place" as he feels safe and welcome at Homebase.
Hamish came to Banjos one morning and got speaking to a staff member about opportunities to get out of the house and meet some people. He had heard about Banjo's breakfast through other support workers who had attended with clients so Hamish thought he would take a bus over to Fairfield then walk down the 3 kilometre walk to the centre.
Caring duties reduced, what to do now?
Ben was one of our first 'social prescriptions' from a psychologist. He was referred to us to see if we could connect him up to others who had similar interests and met to engage in activity as a group.
Stuck at Townsville Private Clinic
A Plans and Linkages Coordinators at Homebase got to the bottom of his concerns and anxieties and upon discovering support and suitable place to live were the key concerns, arranged suitable rental accommodation. He felt comfortable enough at Homebase not long after he settled into new rental accommodation that he bought a date for a coffee to Homebase. He met her in the local community. He now visits us as family at Homebase regularly.
This veteran is a hero to us
A member of Team Oasis convinced the young veteran to come into Homebase. We arranged temporary accommodation at Zac's Place and found a rehabilitation clinic to accept the young veteran. We then arranged his travel and treatment and for DVA to fund them, and then arranged for the removal of his car and effects and for Defence to fund that.
Recovery Journey starts at The Oasis
We organised temporary accommodation at Zac's Place and made a warm referral to Open Arms immediately. She also joined in some of the connections activities at Homebase. Later we arranged work experience with a VBA member business, and she is now a manager and very happy.