L’Arte Central will train, educate and equip people with mental health challenges to gain or return to employment, education, volunteering or other meaningful activity as appropriate for their recovery. It will create pathways back into mainstream community life and realise their full potential. It also provides a vehicle for changing community attitudes towards those with mental health challenges.
There are many challenges for people with either diagnosed psychological issues or significant risk factors including limited opportunities for employment and social engagement. Workforce participation has numerous health and social benefits; however entry into the workforce for people with a severe and enduring mental illness is not easy. It requires a supportive and flexible ‘real work’ environment with a range of training options which can be tailored to meet the contemporary needs of each individual.
This will be the first in a growing chain of café’s across Victoria and further afield.