RTSS Named RACV Community Partner – January 2010

It is with great excitement that RTSS announces it has been named a RACV Community Partner for 2010.

The project is titled “A Warm Embrace” and its objective is to pilot innovative support and counselling options for people suffering grief and trauma reactions due to road trauma. The project will target geographical, cultural and generational gaps to increase accessibility of support for those impacted by road trauma in outer metropolitan and regional areas

Currently counselling services are presently offered face to face from our Blackburn head office, and by telephone statewide. Whilst we are a statewide service, our face to face counselling service is difficult to access for clients from rural areas as well as for people from more distant parts of greater metropolitan Melbourne. The RACV funding allows for the trial of face-to-face support in other metro and regional areas.

As a complement to the professional counselling, individual and group based peer support is also offered. Availability of this aspect of our service is also limited for many in rural and outer metro areas, due to distance and accessibility. The project will explore what support options, such as internet platforms, maybe of help to our clients.

At the conclusion of the project RTSSV will be much better placed for future planning and have clear indications as to the likely viability of specific client care and support options.

These innovative forms of care and support will help to ease the burden of mental suffering for road trauma victims, provide information and education about grief and trauma reactions, and provide amenable and accessible options in terms of individual and group based support.

Our sincere thanks to all at the RACV for their support of the “A Warm Embrace” Project.