Established as a not-for-profit charity in 2015, The S.H.I.F.T. Project Byron Inc. is an incorporated association which is privately funded through individual and community support. SHIFT is governed by a strategically selected and highly skilled volunteer board of directors, who all share a motivation to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
The acronym S.H.I.F.T. stands for Sustainable; Holistic; Integrative; Focused; Transition. The key objective of SHIFT is to provide a supportive and stable environment where program participants can make their own personal SHIFT from disadvantage to empowerment.
SHIFT provides a safe and sustainable environment for the women to reset their living circumstances. It aims to build networks and resources within the community and encourages past graduates to support the current participants.
We are a wellbeing project. Our focus is on the whole person: physical, emotional and mental. We facilitate education programs which aim to interrupt the limiting mindsets and behaviours often experienced in homelessness. The physical component of the project encourages healthy life choices, which in turn encourages a healthy attitude.
The project supports participants integrate new skills, mindsets and behaviours as they move toward wellbeing. It also helps them participate in the local community by volunteering in social enterprise projects. Forming reciprocal bonds with the community helps learn about the positive impact of their actions and the value of being an active community member.
Each participant has a tailored program with measurable goals and outcomes. Case management is provided for all participants ensuring their individual focus for the project is achieved.
Transitions are challenging. We provide a stable environment for participants to learn and understand the transitions in life and thereby navigate these times with more ease. By integrating with local community, we support their eventual transition into less-supported living conditions.
The Project aims to provide a sustainable education program, which is built around the organisation’s founding philosophy to develop wellbeing, interdependence and community connection. It is informed by current research in the areas of interpersonal neurobiology, somatic psychotherapy and the field of resilience. We are able to accommodate 5 women in residence as well as providing an outreach component of the program for potential residents and past graduates to access the education and join in with activities. By joining SHIFT, participants make the commitment to transform their lives, giving back in support of the next women entering the program and beginning their journey of self-empowered living. Our long-term vision is to build a community of inclusion, with the knowledge that everyone has something to offer to the wellbeing of society. Everyone associated with SHIFT, whether a resident or graduate, a volunteer, board member or a member of the Association, has the opportunity to support and be supported. With reciprocity and giving back a founding value of SHIFT, together we can build a self-sustaining community of growth and empowerment.