Support for Day to Day Living in the Community

The Support for Day to Day Living in the Community (D2DL): A Structured Activity Program provides funding to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness by offering structured and socially based activities. The initiative recognises that meaningful activity and social connectedness are important factors that can contribute to people's recovery.

Page last updated: 10 May 2013

About D2DL
Evaluation
Provider contact details

About D2DL

The aims of the Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program are to:
  • support people with severe and persistent mental illness who experience social isolation
  • increase the ability of people with severe and persistent mental illness to participate in social, recreational and educational activities
  • assist people with severe and persistent mental illness to improve their quality of life and live successfully at an optimal level of independence in the community
  • expand the capacity of the non-government organisation sector to offer structured day programs for people experiencing social isolation through severe and persistent mental illness and
  • increase community participation by assisting participants to:
    • develop new skills and/or relearn old skills
    • develop social networks
    • participate in community activities
    • develop confidence and
    • accomplish personal goals.
The Department of Health and Ageing funds 40 organisations at 60 sites around Australia to provide structured and socially based day activities. These organisations provide a wide range of activities, based on client needs. These activities include, but are not limited to:
  • cooking classes
  • bushwalking, gym classes and swimming classes
  • arts, such as drama, drawing, pottery, creative writing, painting classes
  • vocational activities such as volunteering groups, return to work skill development groups, computer classes, trips to local TAFEs and neighbourhood houses to explore study options and
  • social outings.
(Note: activities may vary across sites)

The Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program is available to people whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted as a result of a severe mental illness. A person does not need to have a formalised clinical diagnosis of a severe mental illness to initially access the program.Top of page

Evaluation of the program

An evaluation of the D2DL program was undertaken during the period 2007-2009.

Day to day living provider contact details

The Support for Day to Day Living in the Community program operates through non-government organisations around Australia. Contact information for each site is as follows:

Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory
Tasmania
New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

Western Australia

South Australia

Australian Capital Territory

  • Belconnen Community Service
    Southern Cross Sports Stadium, corner of Athllon Drive and Cowlishaw Street, Greenway ACT 2900
    Phone: (02) 6293 3951
    Belconnen Community Service website: www.bcsact.com.au

  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW - D2DL programs in Canberra
    23 Quick Street, Ainslie ACT 2602
    Phone: (02) 6257 0512
    Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW website: www.sfnsw.org.au/Recovery-Services/Day-to-Day-Living-Program/D2DL-Canberra-City/D2DL-Canberra-City-/default.aspx

Northern Territory

Tasmania

New South Wales

For further information, please email day to day living at daytodayliving@health.gov.au.