The Cocoon Residential, St KildaRyan Stevens2023-09-13T17:01:35+10:00
The Cocoon Residential – St Kilda
The Cocoon Residential
The place to transform
The Cocoon is a beautiful heritage-listed property in St Kilda, providing a safe home to 7 female-identifying people who have exited out-of-home care.
The Cocoon provides a home to recover, stabilise, develop living skills, and prepare for long-term housing.
What we offer changes regularly as we respond to the requests of our residents, but typical support includes:
Staff on site on weekdays with a two-hour drop-in to address urgent needs.
One-to-one case management with a Housing Coordinator. Sessions focus on residents’ individual goals.
Peer mentoring groups.
Life skills groups, such as cooking & budgeting.
Therapies: massage, acupuncture, yoga, music & art.
Community experiences: birthday celebrations, BBQs, movie nights & meals out.
Wellness activities: knitting, petting & hanging out with Luna, our trainee-therapy dog, & visiting the gym.
Education & employment: access to scholarships and assistance through Bridge to Work.
A range of other services through partner organisations include access to a youth nurse and a private rental access program.
“It’s just nice to live in a place where I don’t feel like I have to sit in my room all day because I’m not friends with anyone…it’s been good having the support and being around other people who are also traumatised.”
HousingFirst owns the property so is our landlord, managing the tenancy side of things.
We offer a studio apartment on a 12-month lease.
There is an inviting communal room for hanging out and for group activities.
HousingFirst caps the rent at 30% of a resident’s income plus their Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
(Note: maintenance of common areas, gardening, electricity, gas and water are all charged an additional $33 per week).
“Bridge It is compassionate, interested in me and my life, and what I need. They provide lots of great opportunities for me.”
You are between the ages of 17 – 21.
You are female-identifying (an all-gender house is coming soon).
You are keen to live in a community setting.
You want to engage in support and groups.
You are transitioning from out-of-home care.
We get no government funding, so everyone we support has to have a Home Stretch package to contribute towards support costs.
Interested in living at The Cocoon or want to make a referral?
We’re a C-Safe (COVID-safe) zone. Our team’s fully vaxxed. Our C-Safe policy and procedures ensure the young people we support, the team and the wider community are safe in our space.
Acknowledgement of Country
This email comes to you from Bunurong Country. Bridge It proudly acknowledges the people of the Yalukut Willam Clan of the South East Kulin Nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, work, and play. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present. Australia always was and always will be Aboriginal land. Bridge It values diversity and is committed to providing inclusive support.