Our Disability Royal Commission Counselling and Support (DRCCS) staff took ten clients from Relationships Australia NT’s offices in Darwin for a three-day retreat at Bachelor Butterfly Farm.
The DRCCS service provides free counselling and support for anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission. Often staff work closely with legal and advocacy services for the Disability Royal Commission and other services within Relationships Australia NT, DRCCS staff created the retreat as a unique engagement opportunity to meet the specific needs of their clients. The five participating staff engaged with clients over the three days, supporting them in confidence-building group activities, facilitating the development of friendships and connections and building a safe environment to share.
In addition to interactive information sessions about the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, there were opportunities for relaxation, swimming, photography and walking in Litchfield National Park. Feedback from clients who attended the retreat was overwhelmingly positive with particular mention of the efforts of the DRCCS program staff Loni, Sascha, Elizabeth, Carmen and Michelle who ensured that participants felt safe and supported.
“Excellent organisation. I had a great time and met new people. I also learnt about the Disability Royal Commission and shared in the group activities” a retreat participant reflected." - Retreat Participant