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Sidney Myer Haven

Sidney Myer Haven is residential complex in Bendigo which offers stable, affordable housing for individuals in crisis and a wrap-around support model for its residents called ‘Shared Futures.’

Since opening in 2015, SMH has supported 74 adults and 39 children through the two-year, Shared Futures Program.


Our program is designed for people who are:

  • Between 17-39 years of age
  • Single, partnered, with or without children
  • Ready and willing to actively participate in our Shared Futures program, be involved in the SMH community and lend a hand when needed.
  • Motivated to work, undertake study, or receive training to become work-ready
  • Free from drug and alcohol substance abuse, and have been for more than 12 months
  • Ready to improve and make positive changes in their life.


The Shared Futures program is:

Tailored for each resident with a dedicated case coordinator, supporting them to set and reach their goals.  With a focus on social and community building activities we support residents to learn life skills and develop healthy habits.  Conducted in a group setting, it also fosters social skills and life-long friendships.


The Shared Futures Program includes: 

  • 1:1 Case Management to keep residents on track with their goals
  • Morning 9.30am check ins
  • Life skills (cooking, cleaning, budget planning)
  • Wellbeing groups- swimming, gym, walking
  • Parents’ group
  • Support to engage in work or study(resume building, job skills)
  • Training courses e.g. first aid, safe food handling
  • Tenancy support including exit planning
  • Access to a central education centre which is staffed 7 days a week.
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