Community Programs

Lord Somers Camp and Power House has partnered with organisations to deliver nine weekend programs for various at-risk or vulnerable groups within our community. The purpose of these programs is to increase meaningful community engagement, serve others, facilitate the development of friendships and peer support networks, enhance self-confidence, increase independence and provide respite to people in need.

Camp Diversity

The Program: Camp Diversity is a fun weekend camp for young people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Our enthusiastic volunteers run a jam-packed weekend of activities, new experiences and entertainment that aims to help participants build friendships, self-confidence and peer support networks. Camp Diversity is a weekend camp run for young adults living with an intellectual or physical disability. Camp starts on Friday night  through to Sunday lunchtime at our campsite in Somers . Our volunteers provide challenging, inclusive and stimulating activities (fun and games) to create a more inclusive society.

The activities: Each camp has a central theme and everyone is encouraged to bring a costume for the Saturday dinner. As the themes change each camp so do our activiites. In the past we have run with fashion parades, canoeing, cooking classes, ball games, treasure hunts, petting zoos and our famous Saturday night disco (which is always a massive hit!).

The participants: 16-35 year olds with a disability and independent in their self-care or requiring only prompting assistance

The staff: Volunteers from Lord Somers Camp. Our volunteers do not necessarily have any formal qualifications in the realm of disability support, however many have attended Camp Diversity multiple times in staff roles.

The weekend: Runs every April and August over a weekend from Friday night to Sunday lunchtime. The camp is run out of Somers on the Mornington Peninsula. We offer a bus service from our offices in Albert Park to Somers and back which is included in the camp costs.

The finer details: We try our best to keep costs at a minimum. For our participants the weekend is $85 and covers the cost of accommodation, food and all activities. We also endeavor to meet all dietary requirements that the participant may have. We require full applications each camp as we do not keep the application forms on file. If we don't receive a full application, including a photo, this may delay the progress of your application.

How to apply: Contact the Lord Somers Camp and Power House office for further information at info@lordsomerscamp.org.au or call (03) 9510 7066

Program objectives:

  • The program recognises the strengths in diversity
  • Participants build new friendships and connections with others in similar situations
  • Participants feel welcome to participate, regardless of culture, skill level, race, gender, sexuality or ability
  • Returning participants are given the opportunity to extend their skills and capacity through taking on facilitated staff roles
  • Participants and volunteers feel that the program has meaning and purpose
  • Opportunities for engagement in activities are provided at an appropriate skill level and are fun
  • The program provides an opportunity for respite for participant families
  • Volunteers feel they have increased their leadership and personal development attributes
  • Volunteers feel they have increased their awareness and understanding about challenges facing people with disabilities
  • Volunteers feel that they are contributing value to the community
  • Volunteers and participants have a greater sense of belonging in the program and to Lord Somers Camp and Power House

Register for the program

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

 

Mirabel Family Camp

The Program: In partnership with the Mirabel Foundation we give children and families, impacted by drug and substance abuse, a free weekend away. Our volunteers entertain children with energetic and fun activities while providing a relaxing weekend of pampering for carers (usually grandparents).

Participants: Participants are children and families orphaned by parental drug abuse and commonly in the care of relatives (usually grandparents).

Time/Schedule: Every March and October yearly, check out the 'What's On' page for more details

Register for the program

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

 

ATLAS (Formerly known as SailAway)

The Program: A fun program  to help build connections and strengthen the community with  youth, new migrants or people from refugee backgrounds. We run this weekend program in partnership with the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program (SAIL) and the City of Casey.

Participants: Participants come from new migrant and refugee backgrounds

Time/Schedule: Every May and September yearly, check out the 'What's On' page for more details

Register for the program

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

 

Very Special Kids Camp at Somers

The program: Partnering with the Very Special Kids Foundation, we give children living with life-threatening illness and their families, a free weekend away. Children are given the opportunity to have fun with their peers while parents are given some much needed rest and recovery time, knowing their children are being cared for and entertained by our enthusiastic volunteers.

Participants: Families impacted by a child living with a life-threatening illness, supported by the Very Special Kids Foundation. You must be 18 years and above to volunteer for the Very Special Kids Camp

Time/Schedule: Every February and October yearly, check out the 'What's On' page for more details

Register for the program

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

Community Outreach Initiative

Community Outreach Initiative is a volunteer based organisation that conducts an annual project for under-resourced communities.The aim is to provide coordinated assistance to individuals, families, organisations or communities that require a helping hand. The assistance provided is a coordinated effort by an army of volunteers supplied by Lord Somers Camp and Power House.

Past projects

Previous Community Outreach Initiative ventures have involved reconstruction projects following floodwaters that ripped through Northern Victoria in the summers of 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Community Outreach travelled to the town of Benjeroop to repaint houses that had been severely damaged by the floods. In 2012 the project involved clearing many kilometres of fence lines for farmers who had their properties damaged or covered with debris by floods in the Moira Shire.

In 2013, Community Outreach conducted its first urban project, carrying out a huge makeover on Youth Project’s Melbourne CBD centre. It included replacing all the carpets, painting and creating fresh new spaces for both the employees and homeless to use in the future. In 2014, the team restored the run-down Montserrat building at Casa Pallotti in Millgrove. The project involved restoring the bathroom and garden, replacing carpet and painting.

How can YOU help?

1. Come down for the weekend! We'd love for your help, no matter what age or skills you possess. This really is a program that all can contribute to given it's 'working bee' nature, so ensure you save the date now! Register via the link below.

2. Do you know of any organisations/local governments that may be willing to donate funds or grants to our project? We'd be more than happy to provide more details if you can help. The more funds we raise, the more goods we are able to purchase for this organisation.

3. Contacts, contacts, contacts. If you know anyone that may be willing to help us out with things such as plants, outdoor furniture, sensory equipment, paint, or anything you think may be useful then get in touch! Get in touch with the Program Coordinator and you will hear back soon.

Time/Schedule: 7th - 9th of September

For further information or direct your enquiries to the Program Coordinator

To get involved in this year’s project. 

 

SisterWorks at Somers

The Program:  SisterWorks at Somers is a small female-only camp that focused on skill development for social enterprise and financial independence for the Sisters and fun activities for the children of the Sisters.

We are looking for a small number of female members/ volunteers to assist with  running  the camp, including running kids activities for the children (aged 3 - 15) of the Sisters.

As part of the camp,there is also be a SisterWorks Market, open to everyone and the wider Somers community.

The Participants; SisterWorks Inc is a grassroots social enterprise based in Greater Melbourne. Their mission is to enable the most vulnerable asylum seekers, refugees and migrant women (referred to as 'Sisters') to work towards financial independence by developing the skills they need to settle happily into Australian Society.

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

For information on Sisterworks

 

Christmas Camp: Lord Somers Camp and Power House (LSC&PH)

The Program: A camp for families and friends of LSC&PH to enjoy a break soaking up all Somers has to offer. With heaps of activities, entertainment and fun for all ages to enjoy, Christmas Camp helps join families and friends to our community during the festive season.

Participants: Families & friends of LSC&PH

Contact Lord Somers Camp and Power House  or call (03) 9510 7066

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