COACH stands for Creating Opportunities And Casting Hope. COACH is a long term mentoring program by Mission Australia that equips volunteer mentors from within the community to support families experiencing hardship, assisting them to create a brighter future for themselves.

Our Hope COACH volunteers come from St Hilary’s Network, they are trained and matched with struggling families / individuals where they will act as a life-coach or as it is often called – a friend with purpose.

St Hilary’s Hope takes referrals for COACH from:

  • CamCare
  • Inner East Community Health Services
  • Salvation Army Camberwell
  • Local schools

Hope COACH can help with:

  • Providing friendship and activities
  • Helping towards your goals
  • Having fun and purpose in life
  • Practical help such as transport or childcare

All Hope COACH volunteers have:

  • Been trained according to Mission Australia COACH training
  • A current Working With Children’s Card
  • A National Police Check
  • Provided two referees

COACH Endorsements

An independent evaluation of the COACH program conducted by Monash University concluded that the program is highly effective and highly valued by mentors, clients and the community

Dr. Darshini
Associate Lecturer and Research Fellow at Monash University.

COACH is a program which provides love, security and safety – and at its core – it promotes friendship between those at different ends of the social gradient.

Tim Costello
World Vision CEO

Mentoring, coming along side, is so profoundly important. It says yes, you are important, we know your name, we’re interested in your story and, how out of that solidarity and commitment hope is born again. This is why I am very happy to recommend COACH community mentoring. This program is exactly the sort of program that restores hope, restores families, gives young people who might go off the rails or who have gone off the rails, the support to come back and be who they should be.


For Referral Agencies

COACH Assessment Guidelines

COACH Intake Form
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Elizabeth Webster