Supporting Young People

We’ve been working with young people across north-east Victoria since 1989, supporting them to achieve their full potential.

Our youth services include case management, outreach, leaving care, counselling, parenting skills enhancement, early intervention and prevention support, life skills, accommodation, mentoring, one to one tutoring and residential care.

If you are unsure how we can support you, please contact our Intake Officer on 02 6043 7400.

This program aims to provide support and assistance to young people (15-25 year olds) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are pregnant or have a child. The aim of this program is to strengthen their life and parenting skills and focus on obtaining and maintaining stable accommodation.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400.

This program provides intensive response and longer term support for young people (15-25 year olds) who are homeless or at significant risk of homelessness and have complex support needs. We support young people to attain and sustain independent living.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400.

Our Intake Worker is the primary point of contact for new clients and offers a flexible response in meeting the needs of children, young people, single adults and families looking to access our programs. External services and members of the community can contact the Intake Worker to discuss possible referrals.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400.

This program offers case management support to young people (15-25 years old) and accompanying children, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We strengthen young people’s independent living skills and if necessary parenting skills, by addressing any identified barriers (mental health, drug and alcohol misuse etc) and to support them to obtain and sustain stable accommodation.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400.

This 13-week early intervention program aims to prevent Child Protection involvement in families with 12-17 year olds. This program is a holistic case management service, which includes regular contact with parents, school support and emotional and social support. Community members are able to make referrals. Enquiries: 02 6043 7400.

SUPPORTED HOUSING

We provide emergency accommodation for young people 16-17 in the Wodonga area.  Our refuge helps young people get back on track and either get back home or learn the skills to live on their own and secure permanent accommodation.

If you a young person and do not have a safe place to sleep, please phone us on 02 6043 7400 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm).

If you need help after hours, please phone 1800 825 955 (line operated after hours by Salvation Army Crisis Service).

We provide short and long-term out of home care for young people who cannot live at home with their natural families, with kinship carers or foster carers.

Young people living in out of home care may have experienced trauma such as child abuse, neglect or violence and have complex needs.

Our teams of carers provide around-the-clock care for small groups of young people in houses that we try to make as homelike as possible. Our carers support young people to make positive lifestyle choices and develop independent living skills.

We are committed to providing high quality services to ensure safety and stability for young people in out of home care.

The Department of Health and Human Services makes all referrals for young people to live in out of home care.

Young people who have experienced trauma such as child abuse, neglect or violence have multiple and complex needs.

Victoria has led the way in the establishment of Therapeutic Residential Care for young people and there is evidence it helps young people achieve better outcomes. (Source: Residential Care Matters report by Commission for Children and Young People)

At our dedicated Therapeutic Residential Care Houses, our specially trained and skilled team provide intensive care to at-risk young people, giving them a place to heal and recover.

Our carers are trained to understand the effects of trauma and provide a healing environment for young people placed in care by the Department of Health and Human Services.

This program provides accommodation for two young people between 15 and 18 years of age who are experiencing homelessness and need support to develop their independent living skills.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400

Our Young Mums Unit (YUMS) is a safe place in the Wodonga area where we support pregnant women and new mothers between the ages of 15 and 25 who have been homeless, are at risk of homelessness or are in need of intensive support.

YUMS is a safe place for young mothers to bond with their babies and be supported. We provide a positive environment and work with the young parents on parenting skills, life skills and help them take steps towards independent living.

The property is owned by Rural Housing and can house two young mums and their children. Each family has their own bedroom and bathroom and they share a communal kitchen, family room and backyard.

Please join our campaign to refurbish YUMS to make it more homely.  Click here to donate now.

To refer a young mum or mum-to-be, please contact our Intake Worker on 02 6043 7400.

GROUP WORK PROGRAMS

Since 2013, RAP has supported 15-19 year old males to reconnect with education, training and employment. Participants work towards a Certificate II in Warehouse Operations and their forklift licence through Wodonga TAFE. Enquiries: 02 6043 7400

This program is a journey of self awareness in which participants learn about responding to life with a “rock” immovable attitude or “water” movable and communicative attitude.

Enquiries 02 6043 7400

Therapeutic group work to help families heal and recover from grief, violence, abuse and trauma. Participants build resilience and develop stronger relationships within the community.

Enquiries: 02 6043 7400

Running since 2014, this program is a partnership with Youth Justice and the Flexible Learning Centre and aims to increasing positive peer interactions and re-engagement in the community for young people through music. Participants have performed at public events including our Annual General Meeting, the opening of headspace Albury Wodonga and Wodonga TAFE’s ConnectFest. Enquiries: 02 6043 7400

“I’m not as stressed out”

12-year-old boy

“I have more confidence and acceptance in myself”

15-year-old girl

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