Category Archives: News

Short Story Competition 2021

Odyssey House Victoria invites all writers to enter in our annual Short Story Competition, this years theme is “New Beginnings”. This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience and submissions are due by the 5th of November. For full T’s and C’s and instructions on how to enter, head to www.odyssey.org.au/short-story-competition-2021.

OHV Hope Centre Update

Exterior photo of the Odyssey House Hope Centre

We are pleased to announce that the Odyssey House Victoria Hope Centre in Lucknow, near Bairnsdale, is now officially open and has completed its first 6-months of operation. Despite plans to hold a launch on 20th April, the event had to be postponed indefinitely until COVID-19 related restrictions on any gatherings are lifted. We officially […]

Pilot Mentoring Program

An illustration describing mentoring

Odyssey’s therapeutic community in Lower Plenty provides a structured and safe space for people seeking to address their substance use. However, once residents graduate from the residential rehabilitation program, they are often faced with the daunting task of creating a new network of support from scratch – work, recreation and community. For any of us […]

Young People and COVID-19

Teens on phone

During COVID-19 restrictions, the Odyssey House Youth & Family Services team have come up with some alternate ways to engage young people who may be at-risk of problems with, or are using drugs and alcohol. We know that many young people have felt disconnected from social supports and regular activities, which has led to increased […]

From isolation to connection

An illustration of parents playing with their children on swings

Isolation is the single biggest risk factor contributing to alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse, homelessness, mental health issues, family and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and child and family reunification breakdown. Many families with AOD issues are isolated due to the breakdown of extended family relationships or tragedies. For this reason, Odyssey House […]

Odyssey goes smoke-free

A pack of cigarettes being knocked over by dominos

We know that around three quarters of people accessing alcohol and other drug treatment are also tobacco smokers. We also know that diseases caused by tobacco smoking kill more people than drugs and alcohol combined1. Research from multiple studies suggests that people attempting to recover from alcohol and other drug use problems, have better abstinence […]

Kids in Focus keeping families focused

Mother playing with child

Our Specialist AOD Family Services program Kids in Focus (KIF) provides intensive outreach support for families who have multiple and complex needs, as well as Child Protection involvement. Under normal times, most of our work is home based. During COVID-19 restrictions, staff have limited their face-to-face contact and come up with interactive ways to keep […]

Working for Victoria Funding

An illustration of outstretched arms across Melbourne

Odyssey House Victoria has been successful in attracting Victorian government funding for several new projects through the Working for Victoria initiative. This $500m fund was established to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 find paid work with organisations who need their skills.  As an essential service, Odyssey has been […]