Healthy living

Perth Aboriginal services – youth services

Youth services for Aboriginal people in the Perth metropolitan area.

Belmont Youth Services Centre

Phone: 9477 7141
Address: Youth Centre 275 Abernethy Rd, Belmont

The City of Belmont Youth Centre provides support for young people (aged 12 to 18) and their family members who live within, or go to school in the City of Belmont.

The Centre offers a variety of opportunities that encourage young people and their family members to access support from experienced professionals. These opportunities include: case management support, youth events, a Youth Advisory Committee, school holiday activities, after school activities and a drop in style games room.

‘Drop in’ at the Belmont Youth Centre is a fantastic place to shoot pool, slide the puck on the air hockey table, show off your table tennis skills, challenge your friends to a game of foosball, play the latest games on Playstation2 or XBox 360, watch movies on the big screen, grab something to eat, or just chat and hang out.

Drop in is open every afternoon after school, 3.00pm – 6.00pm, for young people aged 14 to 18, and is staffed by youth workers.

Billy Dower Youth Centre

Phone: 9550 3670
Address: 21 Dower St Mandurah
Email: bdyc@mandurah.wa.gov.au
Visit Billy Dower Youth Centre (external site)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/billydoweryouthcentre

City of Mandurah – Youth Development provides a number of activities, programs, events and services.

  • Billy Dower Youth Centre:
    • After school activities, Thursday 3.00pm – 8.00pm Friday 3.00pm-6.00pm
    • Young women’s program, Tuesday 3.00pm – 6.00pm
    • Young men’s program, 3.00pm – 6.00pm
    • Boxing gym; school holiday programs
  • Skate comps, urban art programs
  • Junior Council, Teen Council
  • Rooms and Bus Hire available.
  • Challenger TAFE run courses and a number of other services operate from the centre. Check out the website or Facebook for updates.

Bilyidar Program (John Tonkin College)

Phone: 9586 9307
Address: Old Coast Plaza Shopping Centre (near Mandurah Skate Park); PO Box 684, Mandurah WA 6210
Visit Bilyidar Program (external site)

Alternative Education program for young people in the Peel area who are disengaged with school.

Students must want to complete Year 11 and 12 with an aim to either:

  • get back into the main stream
  • gain a pre apprenticeship
  • get into TAFE
  • graduate.

Eligibility: 16 to 17 years. Entry to the program depends on places being available.

Tuesday and Friday 8.30am – 12.30pm; Wednesday & Thursday 8.30am – 3.00pm.

David Wirrpanda Foundation

Phone: 9242 6700
Address: Cnr Oxford and Richmond St, Leederville WA 6007
Postal Address: PO Box 508 Subiaco WA 6904
Email: admin@dwf.org.au
Visit David Wirrpanda Foundation (external site)

Aims to improve life outcomes for Indigenous children and at risk youth by promoting strong role models and healthy life choices.

Programs include: Wirra Club, Troy Cook Health and Fitness, Deadly Sista Girlz Group, Plan 2day 4 2morrow and Deadly Culture.

Bookings required. Ring first or call in during open hours.

Fairbridge Inc Western Australia

Phone: 9531 1177
Address: South West Hwy, Pinjarra; PO Box 173, Pinjarra WA 6208
Visit Fairbridge (external site)

Fairbridge is a major youth charity based at a heritage listed Fairbridge Village in Pinjarra Western Australia, 1 hour south from Perth city and 20 minutes east of Mandurah. Fairbridge provides a range of services for young people and has partnership agreements with dozens of other youth organisations across Australia.

Fairbridge works with children with a disability, young people at risk, young people with drug problems, the unemployed, young people in our justice system, young people who are struggling with life, Aboriginal young people and refugees, through to gifted young people. Fairbridge helps young people reach their full potential and bring about long term positive sustainable change in their lives.

Fairbridge uses a holistic approach to working with young people and their families. Services provided range from mentoring, leadership development, life skills, accommodation, education, accredited training opportunities for young people within the Peel Region, employment opportunities and adventure camps.

Fairbridge can also provide accommodation, catering, program development support and activities to individuals and groups who wish to use our unique facilities.

Freedom Centre

Phone: 9228 0354
Address: 93 Brisbane St Northbridge Perth 6000
Email: info@freedom.org.au
Visit Freedom Centre (external site)

Monthly drop in sessions, in collaboration with Youthlink, aimed specifically at Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people (under 26) who are same sex attracted, and sex and/or gender diverse.

Third Thursday of each month, 5.00pm-8.00pm

The Freedom Centre has many weekly and monthly drop in sessions. Phone, email, drop in or check out the website for more information.

HALO (Hopes Aspirations Leadership Opportunities)

Phone: 9418 5228
Address: The Joe Cooper Recreation Centre, Falstaff Cres, Spearwood; PO Box 7011, Spearwood WA 6163

Visit HALO (external site)

Halo advances the hopes, aspirations and leadership opportunities for young Aboriginal men 15 – 25 years.

  • The ‘Coaching Young People for Success’ program uses positive psychology for personal leadership development and goal setting.
  • The day programme aims to reduce barriers to employment, build aspirations and provide opportunities to heal and strengthen social, cultural and emotional wellbeing.
  • Certificate II in Community Services is delivered as HALO is now a Registered Training Organisation. Assessments for the Certificate are project based and wrap around cultural performances, trips and activities.
  • HALO participants deliver cultural, dance performances and inspirational keynote speeches and workshops.
  • Peer Mentors support all participants through their HALO journey and have come through the program themselves.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Boxing and fitness as well as health and cooking programs.
  • Employability and social skills training.
  • Team building and fun activities.
  • Transport on the HALO bus in the South West metro area
  • Lunch provided by our HALO cook daily.
  • All uniforms provided.

Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) – Secondary

Phone: 9259 5700
Fax: 9259 5733
Address: Unit 14, 16 Yampi Way Willetton
Email: info@madalah.com.au
Visit Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (external site)

Madalah Ltd provides scholarships for Indigenous secondary students at select high performing schools in Perth. Currently these schools are:

  • Wesley
  • Christchurch
  • Aquinas
  • Trinity
  • Scotch
  • Guildford
  • Iona
  • Perth College
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • St Brigid’s
  • St Mary’s.

In 2012 we have over 120 Indigenous on students on IYLP scholarships at private schools in Perth.

Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) Tertiary

Phone: 9259 5700
Fax: 9259 5733
Address: Unit 14, 16 Yampi Way Willetton
Email: info@madalah.com.au
Visit Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (external site)

Madalah Ltd provides scholarships for Indigenous tertiary (uni) students at universities all over Australia including Perth. In 2012 we have over 170 Indigenous students on IYLP scholarships.

Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP)

Phone: 9259 5700
Fax: 9259 5733
Address: Unit 14, 16 Yampi Way Willetton
Email: info@nyaarla.com.au
Visit Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (external site)

IYMP provides the opportunity for Indigenous youth (16-24) to relocate to Perth (from outside the Perth metro area) or Broome (from outside of Broome) to participate in post-secondary education/training (including traineeships, apprenticeships, Tafe/private RTO or university). As an IYMP participant you have access to subsidised, supervised accommodation plus ongoing mentoring and support.

Midnight Basketball

Phone: 9222 1366 or 0434 075 481
Fax: 222 1698
Address: WA Police Community Engagement Division, Level 3, 2 Adelaide Tce East Perth
Email: Ian.westmore@police.wa.gov.au

Provides a combination of life skills workshops and basketball competitions held in eight-week blocks on Saturday nights at Swan Park Leisure Centre. Running in Term 2 and Term 4 in 2013 and beyond.

Life-skills workshops are compulsory to play and cover topics such as getting a job, leadership, health and hygiene, nutrition, goal setting and other topics by respected mentors.

Open to boys and girls aged 12 – 18 in Midland and surrounding suburbs.

A meal and transport home are provided. No cost to players. Registrations are essential at Midnight Basketball (external site) (choose Locations/Midland).

Nyaarla Projects

Phone: 9259 5700
Fax: 9259 5733
Address: Unit 14, 16 Yampi Way Willetton
Email: info@nyaarla.com.au
Visit Nyaarla Projects (external site)

100 per cent owned Indigenous company providing training and employment, education and youth, community engagement and consulting (business plans, reviews etc) services.

Outcare

Phone: 6263 8622
Address: 27 Moore St East Perth
Email: outcare@outcare.com.au
Visit Outcare (external site)

Range of services including:

  • one-on-one support at Rangeview and Banksia
  • family mediation service
  • through-care services prior to and up to 6 months following release
  • accommodation assistance
  • advocacy and support
  • early intervention program delivered through schools.

Contact for more information.

SMYL Community Services

Phone: 9430 4921
Address: 29 Queen Victoria Street Fremantle
Visit SMYL Community Services (external site)

Provides career guidance, support and encouragement for young Aboriginal people to stay at school, get back into school or training, and to prepare for employment.

  • Registered Training Organisation providing a range of training options including workplace and classroom based delivery options.
  • Offers specialised Language Literacy and Numeracy Programs for young people aged 15 to 21 combining a qualification such as Construction, Retail and Hairdressing with Literacy and Numeracy support.
  • 5 Community Learning Centres: Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Fremantle, Rockingham and Medina. Offers alternative education programs for young people not attending school. Options include driver training, GATE, general construction, horticulture, business and retail.
  • Providers of the Federal Government Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program in Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Roebourne, Kalgoorlie, Esperance and Warburton.
  • Group Training Organisation specialising in Aboriginal School Based Traineeships and the Year 10 Aboriginal Leadership program and full time Aboriginal traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Indigenous Employment Program panel member.
  • SMYL Community College is a CARE school for years 10 – 12, offering alternative educational delivery for young people whose needs are not being met by mainstream schooling. Based in Rockingham.

Snow Bennett Youth Service

Phone: 9274 1611
Address: 53 Great Northern Highway Midland
Visit Snow Bennett Youth Service (external site)
A service of Swan Emergency Accommodation.

SBYS provides crisis accommodation and support to up to six young people (15 to 25) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The service also has a small number of transitional accommodation units for young people, usually once they have attained some independent living skills in the youth house.

The drug education program offers young people, who are residents of SBYS, support to address their drug and alcohol issues with a strong focus on health and harm minimisation.

YouthLink

Phone: 9227 4300 or tollfree triage line: 1300 362 569
Address: 223 James St Northbridge
Visit YouthLink (external site)

YouthLink is a state-wide mental health program managed through the North Metropolitan Area Mental health Service. It is a government funded organisation.

What YouthLink provides: specialist mental health counselling, consultation, training and community development.

Eligibility: aged 13 to 24.

What YouthLink does: depression, anger, abuse or neglect, drug and alcohol use, trauma, self harm and suicide, relationships and homelessness.

Referrals can be made via phone by the person in need or others concerned.

YouthReach

Phone: Office – 9499 4274
Triage/Referrals – 1300 362 569
Email: youthreachsouth@health.wa.gov.au

Specialist mental health counselling and therapy. Outreach service.

Eligibility: aged 13 to 24; marginalised, homeless, disadvantaged.

Operates a joint triage system with YouthLink, Monday to Friday from 12.30pm.

 


Acknowledgements

This information is from the RUAH Community Services
Perth Aboriginal Services Directory


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