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The ORCA Project

ORCA participants

The ORCA Project is a post-school option for young people with different abilities that includes training, work experience and ultimately employment. It is also an opportunity to build capacity, enhance lives and find meaningful connections in the community. 

The ORCA Project Transition Program

The ORCA Project Transition Program is based at Albany Creek Uniting Church (ACUC) and Broadwater Road Uniting Church Mansfield. The table below demonstrates the progression and pathway a participant would make on their journey to successful employment: 

The progression and pathway a participant would make on their journey to successful employment
It is anticipated a participant would be involved in the The ORCA Project Transition Program for 1–2 years depending on their engagement, experience and capacity. It is hoped that the employment stage would last much, much longer!

The ORCA Project is an approved NDIS program

The ORCA Project can be included in your NDIS Plan. If you have employment goals, talk to your NDIS planner about including funds in your plan for achieving those goals. Participants attend The ORCA Project two days per week during school terms.


What makes The ORCA Project different from other post school options?
The ORCA Project has some unique opportunities to help young people to enhance their lives and find ways to contribute and be valued each day.

These include:

  • Support for the participants through their transition from school to the workforce with the inclusion of training and work experience
  • Involvement of volunteers who will connect with participants to increase the level of support for the young person and their family
  • Connection of participants to a committed community – they have a place to belong
  • Support for family – through community connection, information sessions, help with NDIS navigation & more.


Why ORCA? 

Orcas live in family groups. Multiple pods come together to form community. They are strong, complex, intelligent, graceful and trainable creatures.

Orcas work together and use their own form of communication. Orcas are also known as Killer Whales, and the label means inaccurate assumptions are made about them. Sound familiar to your own situation?

To know they are dolphins and discover who they truly are takes time, interest and a willingness to let go of preconceived ideas.