The SHIFT Project | What, Who, Why & How
The SHIFT Project Byron Inc. is a short-term, educational transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, offering a 12-week, live-in residential program, supported by weekly educational classes and workshops.
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What, Who, Why & How

What

“SHIFT Project offers a stepping stone for participants to recognise their own potential, and provides the support for them to begin to shape their future”

The SHIFT Project Byron Inc. is a short-term, educational transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

 

The program offers a 12-week, live-in residential program, supported by weekly educational classes and workshops. These educational sessions are designed to support participants to reintegrate into the community, moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

The SHIFT Project was established by Anne Goslett who, after more than 30 years working in the welfare sector, has witnessed firsthand what she calls “the revolving door of the homelessness cycle”.

 

Anne identifies that the majority of intervention solutions on offer to the homeless, or those at risk, consist of support through short-term shelter and basic amenities. She believes that whilst the current solutions provided are valuable, they do not support a long-term shift in circumstances for individuals.

Who

The project is designed for women over the age of 25 who have been dealing with challenging circumstances and find themselves at a loss in their lives. This can result in homelessness and disconnection from the wider community.

 

SHIFT provides a supportive space for women who are making their way out of a challenging situation but have not yet fully transitioned to living as a stable, integrated community member. SHIFT does not operate as crisis accommodation, or a rehabilitation facility, or a refuge—it is a specifically designed wellbeing program to support women in finding their own sense of self, value and wellbeing as they transition into independent living.

Why

The concept of The SHIFT Project was developed to address the growing issue of homelessness from a new perspective. The program aims to deliver the tools required to help break the cycle of homelessness, encompassing all aspects of wellbeing—emotional, mental, physical and financial.

 

The SHIFT Project is operated and managed by Anne Goslett, along with a small team of specialists.

“In welfare, we see the same people returning time and time again,” she says, “and whilst it is important to ensure that they are adequately supported at the time of need, very little support seems to be on offer to provide the opportunity to shift their repetitive cycles and the way in which they experience life long term.

 

“SHIFT is designed to facilitate the transition and ultimately support people to shift how they make choices in their lives for a sustainable future.”

 

How

Recent studies in the science of neuro-psychology show the capacity the brain has to change and restructure its life long patterns.

 

SHIFT provides the participants with a stable environment to begin

to consider that change is possible and recognise the company we keep informs this process.

 

Our programs are designed to have participants working together, building relationships and exploring habitual behaviours.

 

The project offers a number of opportunities to be involved as a participant;

  • As an external participant by accessing education and volunteer components of the program with a view to becoming a resident.
  • As a resident living in our supported accommodation and committing to participate in all levels of the program.
  • As a graduate who has transitioned into the community and wishes to stay engaged with SHIFT and mentor new participants.
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