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Youth services

You may feel like no one's listening or that no one understands. But we hear you, and we're here to help you through the challenges life may throw at you because your hopes, dreams and purpose in life matter.

Whatever is happening at the moment, whether you need support, food and shelter or are looking for advice on job seeking or career pathways, we are here to help. Whether you just need a hand for a little while or if you're trying to turn your life around, our youth services are places you can be safe and find some support to help you keep going.

We offer youth services and programs across the country. Our trained youth workers are ready to help you with:*

  • Crisis and transitional accommodation
  • Educational and vocational programs, and accredited workplace training
  • Drug and alcohol support
  • Individualised support and case management
  • Drop-in facilities
  • Counselling, as well as chaplaincy and advocacy support
  • Social skills and life skills (including driving)
  • Creative arts and multimedia
  • Legal services and support

*Please be aware that not all services may be provided at every centre.

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We welcome all people, regardless of race, gender, status, or sexual orientation. We understand that a safe space for growth is created when people feel believed in, valued, listened to and respected. Our centres are safe and supportive environments where you're free to be you.

Youth services around Australia

Select your state below to find details about youth services in your area.

ACT

Youth Services

Oasis Youth Services

If you’re aged 16 ‒ 21 years, Oasis can help you with services such as

  • 24-hour emergency accommodation
  • Support and arrangements to connect with appropriate services as you work towards sourcing long-term, stable accommodation
  • Meals and practical needs
  • Recreational programs such as sports nights, movie nights and design competitions
  • Training, education, driving and employment programs
  • Budgeting, finance and legal support
  • Casework
  • Programs addressing mental health, drugs and/or alcohol, health and wellbeing
  • ‘Street Media’ Creative Arts workshops and training programs in music, radio, film, photography
  • Drop-in centre for breakfast, laundry services, computer use, support
  • Emotional and spiritual support

*Please be aware that not all services may be provided at every centre.

7B Hester Place, Chisholm ACT 2905 
(02) 6288 6248 or (02) 6292 0894

NSW

Youth services

Oasis Youth Support Network

If you’re aged 16 ‒ 21 years, Oasis can help you with services such as

  • 24-hour emergency accommodation
  • Support and arrangements to connect with appropriate services as you work towards sourcing long-term, stable accommodation
  • Meals and practical needs
  • Recreational programs such as sports nights, movie nights and design competitions
  • Training, education, driving and employment programs
  • Budgeting, finance and legal support
  • Casework
  • Programs addressing mental health, drugs and/or alcohol, health and wellbeing
  • ‘Street Media’ Creative Arts workshops and training programs in music, radio, film, photography
  • Drop-in centre for breakfast, laundry services, computer use, support
  • Emotional and spiritual support

*Please be aware that not all services may be provided at every centre.

Contact Oasis Sydney Contact Oasis Wyong Contact Oasis Hunter

Blacktown Youthlink

If you’re experiencing homelessness, struggling with drug and alcohol issues, are feeling isolated or lonely, facing a mental health issue or if you’re experiencing family breakdown, Youthlink can help.

You have potential, and we want to help you achieve your goals and live a positive and successful life.

Contact Youthlink

Blacktown Reconnect

If you’re aged 12-18 years and living in the Blacktown Local Government Area, Reconnect can help you and your family. We offer counselling (which is private and confidential), family mediation, casework or group work (such as conflict resolution, grief, communication, self-esteem, bullying and self-management).

All support offered by Reconnect is free of charge. We can meet with you at our Reconnect office in Mt Druitt, at school or an alternative setting. Please contact us to find out how we can work together to help you achieve your goals.

Contact Reconnect

Drive for Life

Our Drive for Life program improves your driving skills and builds your confidence. Whether you are facing anxiety, other mental health challenges or lack of family support, we are here to help you to achieve your goals towards independence.

Find out more

QLD

Youth services

Youth Outreach Service Brisbane

We support you in a difficult time, to work towards independence and a positive outcome. You are important and have your own specific needs. Our commitment to you is to meet you where you are and support you and your family, taking care and attention to your particular situation.

97 School Street Spring Hill QLD 4000
07 3854 1245
salvos.org.au/youthoutreachservice/

Youth Education Centre Stafford

32-45 Hayward Street Stafford QLD 4053
0419 753 610
youthoutreachservice.org/stafford

Soundpoint TSA and Sony Foundation Youth & Community Centre

We are here to support you as you work towards your hopes and dreams and connect with your community. We have a bunch of regular programs happening throughout the week, such as ‘Aspire’ hip-hop dance, as well as a variety of holiday programs. Ask about our retail traineeships and come to our community dinner at 6pm on Thursday nights. There’s so much to be involved in - why not come and check us out?

Soundpoint Youth and Community Centre was established with funds raised by the Australian public and organisations, such as Sony Music Australia, after the Goodna flood of 2011.

27 Smiths Road, Goodna QLD 4300 
(07) 3280 8800
salvos.org.au/soundpoint/

Youth Outreach Service (YOS) Lawnton

YOS offers you support to overcome barriers and go for your hopes and dreams. We provide opportunities for you in a variety of areas and support, both at our centre and in communicating with other services and departments. We want to see you reach your goals, whether short-term or longer-term and experience positive outcomes in your life.

Providing support to young people from the Brisbane and Moreton Bay region. Self-referrals and referrals from school or agencies can be made to YOS.

27-29 Lawnton Pocket Road, Lawnton QLD 4501 
(07) 3285 8522

Website: YOS Lawnton School

Drive for Life

Our Drive for Life program improves your driving skills and builds your confidence. Whether you are facing anxiety, other mental health challenges or lack of family support, we are here to help you to achieve your goals towards independence.

Find out more

SA

Youth services

Youth Outreach Accommodation Service

Phone: (08) 8397 9333

If you are aged 15 to 25 years and are experiencing homelessness, or may soon experience homelessness, we can provide supported accommodation for you. Transitional accommodation and support is available to young single people, couples, sibling groups and people with children. We then work to help you to find longer-term stable housing.

Our case managers provide support and information to help with independent living skills and connect you with your community. Rent and general living costs apply, including utilities.

We also have a range of other services available to you including referrals to job, education and training programs, budgeting assistance, counselling, health services, drug and alcohol support, and referrals.

Referrals to our centre are made by current support agencies or you can self-refer.

Youth Outreach accommodation is located in the Inner North and North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Youth Outreach covers the Local Council area of Tea Tree Gully, Salisbury and part of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Muggy’s Accommodation

If you are 16-18 years of age and are under the guardianship of the Minister, we provide medium to long-term accommodation for you. If you have experienced multiple previous placements, we want to bring stability and give you access to long-term housing options. Muggy’s has support 24 hours a day and provides a safe environment in times of crisis.

For referrals, please contact Placement Service Matching and Allocation (formally Placement Service Unit) on 08 8463 3666

For more information: Office of the Guardian - Charter of Rights

Muggy's is a youth accommodation service in the northern, southern and northern country regions of Adelaide, operated by The Salvation Army Ingle Farm. It is funded by the Department for Education and Child Development - Families SA.

Burlendi Youth Shelter

Phone: (08) 8397 9333

Burlendi is a residential program for people 15 to 17 years of age and in need of accommodation. We are staffed by understanding youth workers 24 hours a day, to provide support for you. 

We provide care and support in this emergency-short term (3-12 month) housing for up to eight young people at a time. Each person has their own bedroom and access to shared living areas including a well-equipped rec room to relax in and 'let off some steam'.

Our case managers provide support and information to help you with independent living skills and to connect you with your community. 

Young people can be referred to Burlendi by any current support agency. An initial intake and assessment will be made by staff at the time of referral.

For More Information On Homelessness

TAS

Youth services

Arcadia

Arcadia can help you prepare to leave out of home care and move towards living independently. We’re available to anyone in Southern Tasmania, between the ages of 14-20 years.   

We can help you build positive relationships and connect with people who are important in your life. You will have the opportunity to find employment, get involved in community activities, take care of your health and wellbeing, and further your education.

Arcadia incorporates the Youth Transitions and The Redo Project.

Call Arcadia: (03) 62700319

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is our Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program for young men and women. We specifically tailor the program to your personal needs, including social, recreational, vocational and family needs.

Call Hobart Bridge Program: (03) 6232 2900
Call Launceston Bridge Program: (03) 6323 7534
Call Ulverstone Bridge Program: (03) 6425 7453

Emergency Accommodation

Oakleigh Accommodation Services (North-West Tasmania) provides emergency accommodation to homeless men, women & children in Burnie.

Call Oakleigh Accomodation: (03) 6431 9015

VIC

Youth services

Family Reconciliation Initiative

Our goal is to help you with your relationship with family and others who play an important role in your life. We will work alongside you to resolve conflict and improve communication and problem-solving. Family breakdown is hard, and we want to help you build relationships that have a positive influence in your life. This may include:

  • Counselling/mediation
  • A return to home or help to relocate to extended family and significant others where appropriate.

The program is available to young people aged 14-21 years in Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Wellington region.

2 Long Street, Leongatha VIC 3939
(03) 5662 6400

Leaving Care

If you are aged 16-21 years and are leaving or have exited out of home care, we can help support you while you get on your feet. We can:

  • help you set up and maintain appropriate accommodation
  • develop independent life skills
  • assist you in finding employment or training opportunities
  • provide you with links to appropriate supports
  • connect you to a broker to assist you in transitioning to independent living.

Please note: access to the Leaving Care Program is subject to eligibility and/or via DHS referral.

Contact Gippsland-Leongatha Office:
2 Long St, Leongatha VIC 3939
(03) 5662 6400

Contact Youth Services Peninsula:
62 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9781 0188 

Transition to Independence Unit (T21)

If you are 16-25 years of age, we have an integrated housing and support model available for you.

We can provide:

  • accommodation
  • independent living and life skills programs
  • accredited education and training
  • employment opportunities
  • a family reconciliation program

Referrals from Community Agencies and DHHS

62 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9781 0188

Creating Connections

If you are 15–25 years of age and are experiencing homelessness, or are close to experiencing homelessness, we are here for you. We specialise in helping young people who require a higher level of support to be able to sustain an independent living situation.

We can help you with:

  • education, employment and training
  • life and living skills
  • links to the private rental market
  • intensive case management

2 Long Street, Leongatha VIC 3939
(03) 5662 6400

Intensive Case Management Service (ICMS)

If you are 12-17 years of age we are here to support you in a variety of areas. At SalvoCare Eastern ICMS we support young people who are on DHS statutory orders. If you have struggled with difficult circumstances and are still needing support, we are here to help you through.

31-33 Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill VIC 3128
(03) 9890 7144

Crisis Accommodation Service for Eastern Youth (CASEY)

If you are 18-24 years of age and are experiencing homelessness, we are here for you. We organise support and provide short-term crisis accommodation while helping to find alternative accommodation options for the long term. We help you to identify issues surrounding your experience of homelessness and, where appropriate, make relevant referrals to other support services.

31-33 Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill VIC 3128
(03) 9890 7144

Reconnect

Reconnect are here to help you if you are experiencing homelessness, or may soon experience homelessness. We help you to find a safe, stable living situation and, where needed, develop more positive relationships with your family. We help you to connect with education, work, training and community groups and activities. We offer counselling, mediation, practical support and arrange referrals to services.

Our goal is to give you the tools to plan and confirm your living arrangements, to stay connected and build supportive relationships.

62 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9781 0188

Finding Solutions

If you are 12-18 years of age and are experiencing conflict at home, we are here to support you. Whether you have already left home, or think you may be leaving soon, we can help you and your family to work through issues, to prevent family breakdown. We provide a number of strategies to ease tension in the family and work on the best solution for all family members.

Referrals to the program come from DHHS intake.

62 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9781 0188

Tools for the Trade Program

If you are disengaged from school and want to avoid long-term unemployment, we are here for you. We run an eight-week trade-oriented program, to help you either to finish your education or secure an apprenticeship. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in "hands-on Trade Tasters" or work experience, to gain an understanding of the work environment. These opportunities are organised in partnership with Chisholm TAFE.

Our program has a strong focus on helping you to further develop life and social skills, with skills development sessions as well as mentoring days. Many students that attend the program have identified learning difficulties or medical conditions that make mainstream schooling challenging for them. Our program aims to be as hands-on as possible, to keep it interesting and enjoyable for you.

We receive referrals from individuals and community agencies.

62 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9781 0188

The Salvation Army Crisis Services

The Upton Road Accommodation and Learning Center provides stable and safe accommodation within a 24 hour staffed refuge setting. We offer a range of innovative programs to help you build skills and restore confidence during your six – ten week stay.

At Upton Road you will have your own clean, furnished and secure unit which is surrounded by beautiful healing gardens.  The refuge is a supportive community free from violence, aggression, illegal drugs and alcohol with  24 hour support from our team of caring youth support workers.

Our professional team of social workers will work in partnership with you develop a plan to address the issues that are important to you.  We can offer support in the following areas:

  • Addressing your immediate need for shelter, safety, warmth, food and emotional support
  • Helping you maintain your connections to existing supportive relationships
  • General health and dental care
  • Mental health concerns and well being
  • Family reconciliation and relationship counselling
  • Employment, Education and Training options
  • Securing you an income
  • Finding a long term housing outcome that works for you

4B Upton Road, St Kilda VIC 3182
(03) 8517 5800

WA

Youth services

Crossroads West

We are here to support adolescent youth and their families. Please see the information for our services below: Landsdale House, Oasis House, Transitional Support Service, Independent Living program.  

Phone: (08) 9328 1600

Landsdale House

A therapeutic group living programme for 12-17 year olds. We provide you with family mediation and preparation for independent living.

Phone: (08) 9328 1600

Oasis House

A residential group living programme for 14-17 year olds. We help you to prepare for independent living.

Phone: (08) 9328 1600

Transitional Support Service

Our information and referral service for young people, aged 15-25 years, who are leaving the wardship of the SAAP sector. We support you in the transition from supported care to interdependence.

Phone: (08) 9328 1600
Free call: 1800 447 797

Independent Living Program

We provide externally supported accommodation in independent units in the community for 16-21 year olds with a degree of acquired independent living skills.

Phone: (08) 9328 1600

Kalgoorlie - Boulder Youth Accommodation Service (KBYAS)

We provide a 15 bed crisis service with shelter, meals, support, advocacy and mediation for 15-24 year olds. We want to support you and help to reduce the crisis you are experiencing.

Phone: (08) 9091 1016

Find another support service

If you don't feel comfortable coming into a Salvos centre, or want to speak to someone else, there is help for you. These services are often confidential, free of charge and can help you with what you personally need.

If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself, or someone else, please call 000 for emergency assistance.

Modern Slavery Assistance

Websitewww.endslavery.salvos.org.au
Phone: (02) 9466 3570

Homeless Hotline Qld

Phone: 1800 474 753

One Link ACT

Website: www.onelink.org.au
Phone: 1800 176 468

Link2Home

Phone: 1800 152 152

YFoundations NSW

Phone: 1800 424 830

Suicide Call Back Service

Phone: 1300 659 467

Headspace

Website: www.headspace.org.au
Phone: 1800 650 890

ReachOut

Website: www.au.reachout.com

Kids Helpline

Website: www.kidshelpline.com.au
Phone: 1800 55 1800

Beyondblue

Website: www.beyondblue.org.au
Phone: 1300 224 636

1800Respect

Website: www.1800respect.org.au
Phone: 1800 737 732

First Point

If you don't have anywhere to stay, call our hotline. Referral services will help you find a safe place to stay through a number of organisations, not just the Salvos.

Phone: 1800 176 468

Ask Izzy

Website: www.askizzy.org.au

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