Community Programs

arbias‘ community programs is based on the individual needs of people living in Supported Residential Services (SRSs) across Melbourne and has been supporting people in various community based activities since 1991. Throughout the life of the program, thousands of people have been supported and empowered by arbias‘ to break the cycle of isolation with offerings of new life experiences.

Whether it’s playing tennis, walks on the beach, joining a theatre group or playing in a rock band, recreation is there for having fun, good times and making friends. There’s nothing like the great feeling of physical achievement, well-being and satisfaction recreation can give you. But most of all, it’s simply a great way to feel good, build your self-esteem and meet new people.

We support people living in SRSs to seek opportunities with places and activities in their local area, encouraging people who are generally isolated to become more actively involved in various recreational experiences. The Community Programs team has workers with particular expertise in:

  • Health & fitness;
  • Theatre & arts;
  • Connecting with local communities in sourcing recreation options.

In addition to our community program activities, arbias‘ have a number of exciting projects that run each year. These projects are in addition to the services we provide and are attended by people who often use other areas of our community program’s service. Funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations and local councils to support the various projects provided each year.

A group (known as SPARC Theatre) is a jointly funded project with the city of Port Phillip. Lead by experienced and energised theatre facilitators, the SPARC theatre group rehearses once a week in South Melbourne and has a major performance in October each year. All members of the group are involved in scriptwriting, choreography, set design and costume design.

The deep end band is run in conjunction with the city of Darebin. The band rehearses once a week at the Decibels Music Centre and has a range of professional music facilitators who support band members in acquiring the skills to run a band.

Band members are provided support in instrument tuition, learning how to set up and maintain sound equipment and seeking gigs at various venues throughout the year. The band plays in many music festivals each year such as the “Where the Heart is…” Festival and “Go Live” gigs. A community programs worker is available to assist band members with transport to and from their home for rehearsals and performances.

For information regarding the arbias‘ community programs service, please contact our offices on 8388-1222


The arbias housing service is a unique service which offers individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI) the opportunity to live in supported, semi supported and independent living accommodation options located throughout Metropolitan Melbourne.

Through partnerships with affordable housing organizations such as Yarra Community Housing and Housing Choices Australia, arbias offers individuals with a range of short and long term accommodation options.

+ Michael Street, North Fitzroy

Paxton House is a 10 bed supported transitional accommodation facility located in Fitzroy North. Close to amenities, Paxton House is semi staffed by community support workers with specialist knowledge and experience in the ABI sector. The Paxton House program duration spans from six months to two years depending on individual need. Service users are supported to develop Individualised Plans which guide their rehabilitation in all life areas. Emphasis is placed on supporting individuals to link with and access local community supports, participate within and become valued members of the broader community.

The Paxton House program is a service which encourages and enables independence through person directed support which is geared towards skill building and community involvement. Where possible, residents are encouraged and supported to transition into more independent living options via the arbias continuum of support model where they live through supports sought via the local community or via the Disability Support Register.

This shared supported accommodation facility is the ideal entry point for individuals who require support to maintain their accommodation and increase confidence through skill development and who have a long term goal of living independently.

+ Tyler Street, Preston

These residences are two near-new two and three bedroom units located close to public transport and amenities (including Northland). Whilst encouraging independence and privacy, these units are suitable to individuals who have low to moderate support needs.

With nine hours of support weekly and access to the Outreach and afterhours Emergency On call services; this property is suitable for individuals who require long term accommodation with supports.

+ Marshall Street, Ivanhoe

The Marshall St location provides accommodation for 8 individuals. A four minute walk provides access to a full range of services including public transport, shops, local councils services, library, post office and banking.

Constructed within a two storey structure with disability access to two of the units these long term accommodation options are designed to provide residents with secure, private and independent living options which encourage and enable community inclusion. These are open plan units comprising a kitchen, dining, lounge, and bed area. Toilet and shower facilities are in a separate room within each unit and residents have access to a communal laundry with an adjacent sitting area, communal garden/courtyard and BBQ area. Parking is available for all residents.

+ Wellington Street, Collingwood

arbias has 10 nomination rights at this brand new housing complex. These are made up of 7 single dwellings and 3 single dwellings with disability access. All of these units have a separate bathroom area. In total there are 86 units within the development incorporating families, low income earners and people living on pensions.

The Wellington Street complex is located near to Gertrude Street and Smith Street, on the cusp of Fitzroy. The development is closely located near to the Neighborhood Justice Centre, public transport and walking distance to the CBD.

Wellington Street

+ Flockhart Street, Abbotsford

arbias have 8 nomination rights at this property, also just recently completed. All are single dwelling units with separate bathrooms. In total there are 54 units within the development. Flockhart Street is in close proximity to the Victoria Gardens Shopping Complex, Yarra Bend Park and is easily accessible to the Victoria Street Tram.

Based on the existing Common Ground model of Supportive Housing, there is an office on the ground floor of the Collingwood complex where multidisciplinary staffing teams from various organisations, including arbias , will co-locate with the intention of providing collaborative and consultative supports for residents based at both locations. The Wellington Street complex provides satellite support for residents at the Flockhart Street complex.

Both locations have secure access 24 hours a day and access to 24 hour on call support in an emergency.

All apartments are supplied with basic furnishings – a bed, dining table and white goods. Residents can access a communal laundry on each level of the building.

Flockhart Street

Other Transitional and Long Term Housing Options

arbias manages twenty-one other one and two-bedroom transitional and long-term housing sites which are located throughout eastern, southern and northern metropolitan Melbourne. arbias provides outreach support to each of the individuals living in these units.

To make a referral to arbias housing services, please contact our offices on (03) 8388-1222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about making a referral to arbias accommodation services.

New South Wales

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Brain Injury Awareness Week 11 – 17 August 2014


As part of Brain Injury Awareness Week arbias would like to offer interested parties  free posters to promote awareness of alcohol related acquired brain injury.  There are 4 types of awareness raising posters available in size A1:


-          A hangover for life

-          Is it worth a punt

-          How little is too much

-          Every binge drinking session is causing you damage


To order your free poster please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t forget to include the number of posters required and the name of the poster.