When Daniel Butler recently graduated from the Opening Doors program in Melbourne he was the one handing out presents.

Daniel, above left with Opening Doors program worker, Mervyn Marsh, gave three of his paintings to the service when he moved out and into his own unit. A gifted artist, Daniel had been with the psycho-social rehab program for 16 months. 

“At Opening Doors, Daniel has worked through challenges of physical and mental health issues and now says he feels ready to move on and be independent,” program coordinator Kerri Griffin-Karasawa said.

“We have only agreed to mind them. The paintings are so amazing and valuable that it was difficult to accept such a generous gift. We want Daniel to know that Opening Doors will treasure them and mind them on his behalf.

Opening Doors is a partnership between Wellways and Alfred Psychiatry. The program supports participants to develop independent living and self-management skills in line with a client focused community recovery model. 

Participants exit to a variety of housing: independent living, family home, transitional and community housing.