The Oasis Young Parents Program (Oasis YPP) works with ‘at-risk’ and disadvantaged parents aged between 16 and 25 years and their children; providing weekly therapeutic, educational and social support.
The program has been running successfully since 2008; providing young parents with the opportunity to develop supportive peer relationships and engage in a number of life skills programs with the aim to improve the health and well-being of families, now and in the future.
The program currently runs once per week. It includes a range of different activities including psycho-educational, living skills and mental health workshops; personal training sessions and cooking classes, as well as “circle of security” parenting groups. For the children, there are swimming lessons, music and craft time, as well as options for additional support through play therapy if required.
The program promotes social inclusion and engagement with both parents and children; giving them the opportunity to engage in stimulating activities together, helping both to make friends and have exposure to a range of positive role models in a supported environment. This is effective intervention for parents affected by experiences of trauma and social isolation.