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Community Transition Support Newsletter
Welcome to the third CTS newsletter for 2016

This term has been exciting as the CTS team embarks on the next phase of the CTS project. We have worked alongside the North West CTS Management Committee which now has a revised membership. The CTS Management Committee has come together to begin the development of the two year strategic plan for the CTS project. Existing initiatives and projects will continue across the North West Melbourne region, supporting young people with disabilities from specialist schools to participate in employment, further education and training and community participation opportunities. 
I encourage you to read about these below and on the CTS Website.

On behalf of the CTS team, thank you for your ongoing support and expertise.

Best wishes,
Meri Ivanovska
Manager - CTS
North West Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information for Young People with a Disability
North West Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information for Young People with a Disability

Following a launch event held in June 2016, a review of the work on the strategy has been completed. CTS together with the Strategy Steering Committee will lead the development of an implementation phase as the next step for this project. 

As part of this next phase, a self assessment tool is being developed for individual organisations to examine the current processes in place that provide information to young people with disabilities. The results of these will be shared with the Strategy Steering Committee to identify the opportunities for collaboration and cooperation across Melbourne’s North West. To find out more, click here.
Ticket to Work
Ticket to Work

The Northern and Western Ticket to Work (TTW) projects are moving along at a rapid pace! Both the Northern and Western projects are currently supporting an additional intake of student candidates to explore School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities as well as work placements. In term three, the Western TTW project provided the opportunity for student candidates to apply for participation in the project. To find out more, click here.

Specialist School Transition Network
North West Specialist School Transition Network (SSTN)

This term the NW SSTN met at the Western Centre for Health and Research (WCHR at Western Hospital) in Sunshine. The day started with a tour of the WCHR unit including the Sensory Garden, Simulation Lab and Radiotherapy Centre. Information was provided about school and community engagement projects in various units at the hospital.

The agenda for this meeting included:
  • Specialist School Career and Transition Coordinator PD
  • Pathways Curriculum Presentation by Yarra Ranges SDS
  • Workshop Discussions related to Structured Work Placements, Work Experience, Volunteering and Community Participation

To find out more about this meeting click here.

CTS Career Connections
CTS Career Connections

The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal is an online tool that provides a range of functions. The aim of this initiative is to provide specialist school teaching staff, community service sector and industry representatives across the North West Melbourne region the opportunity to engage with this tool and incorporate the development of career practice skills for students with disabilities. CTS are currently working with a range of stakeholders to increase the online membership and functionality of the portal. To find out more, click here.

School Community Partnership Projects
School Community Partnership Pilot Projects

CTS has worked with five specialist schools on the development of School Community Partnership Pilot Projects. These have been successfully completed across the North West Melbourne Region. The aim of the pilot projects was to develop a whole of school and community approach toward developing strategies for the school. CTS will be working with the specialist schools across the region to share the learnings from these projects. To find out more, click here.

Contact Us

CTS Team Members can be contacted as follows:

Meri Ivanovska
Phone: 0409 547 034
Alison Templar
Partnership Broker
Phone: 0431 165 664
Andrew Smith
Ticket to Work Partnership Broker
Phone: 0402 650 979  
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