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We've put together links and contact details below, so that if you have questions or problems, you can get the help you need.
Phone (03) 9611 2412
Youthlaw is the first specialist young people's community legal centre in Victoria. We provide free and confidential legal advice to young people up to the age of 25. Youthlaw is a free legal service for young people. Your issues and options will be discussed confidentially. We will not tell others what you tell us, unless you want us to.
Department of Justice - Victoria, Australia
Phone (03) 8684 0000 or 1300 365 111 (regional callers)
The Department of Justice assists the government to achieve its vision of a 'safe and just Victoria'. The department does this by contributing to the administration of civil and criminal justice and public safety, responsible management and regulation of gaming and racing and providing an effective framework for consumer affairs. In relation to Youth Justice, follow this link to the 'Youth Central' website at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au
Community Directory - Agency Search
The Commuity Directory provides infomation and links to Youth Services, Youth Groups, Youth Recreation and Organisations throughout the City of Casey.
Infoexchange Services Seeker is Australia's most extensive directory of community services.
The directory is readily searchable by agency name, keywords and free text search and can be refined by geographic area
Cranbourne and Hampton Park Youth Infomation Centre
www.insideinfo.casey.vic.gov.au Phone Cranbourne (03) 5996 7667 - Hampton Park (03) 9702 9510
The Youth Infomation Centres offer young people and their families information, support and referral on a range of issues, concerns and needs.
Metlink - Public Transport in Melbourne
Offical site of Melbourne public transport system. Fares, interactive timetables & network maps for trams, trains and buses.
General Health & Wellbeing
Department of Human Services (DHS)
www.dhs.vic.gov.au Phone 1300 650 172
The Department of Human Services is committed to ensuring that all Victorians have access to quality services that protect and enhance the community's physical, mental and social well-being. The DHS website provides links to a whole range of services in many different areas.
Better Health Channel (BHC)
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au Phone 1800 126 637
The Better Health Channel (BHC) was established in May 1999 by the Victorian (Australia) Government. The information on the site aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community.
Victorian Government Health Information
www.health.vic.gov.au Phone 1300 650 172 or (03) 9096 0000
The Victoria Government Health website is a gateway to information relating to the provision of health services in Victoria. The pages in this website are developed and managed by the Department of Human Services. Here you can find links to drugs and medicines, infectious diseases and mental health.
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH)
www.ceh.org.au Phone (03) 9342 9700
The Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health (CEH) is a state-wide organisation funded by DHS to build the capacity of Victorian health service providers to effectively meet the needs of clients and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. CEH specialises in assisting individuals and agencies to develop strategic and sustainable approaches to working with clients and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. They provide a range of integrated professional support and consultancy services: Education & Training, Consultancy and Information Service.
The Asthma Foundation Victoria
www.asthma.org.au Phone (03) 9326 7088 or toll free 1800 645 130
The Asthma Foundation believes that every person who has asthma, their family and community carers should have access to accurate and current asthma information. They aim to provide the whole Victorian community with an excellent service based on asthma advice, information and programs. The Asthma Foundation will ensure that people who have asthma receive real value for money and are empowered to be able to improve their day to day quality of life.
The Cancer Council Australia (CCA)
www.cancer.org.au Phone 13 11 20
As Australia’s peak national non-government cancer control* organisation, The Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. We also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.
Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria
www.eatingdisorders.org.au Phone (03) 9885 0318 or 1300 550 236
The Eating Disorder Foundation of Victoria is the primary source of support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families in Victoria. Phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeline 131 114 (cost of a local call) or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (free call for people under 18)
Reach Out! Is a service that helps young people get through tough times. The aim of the service is to improve young people’s mental health and well being by providing support information and referrals in a format that appeals to young people.
Health Translations Directory
www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au Phone (03) 9096 2667
This directory links to online multilingual health resources from government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare agencies. Search by topic, by language, or both. Your search results will include an English summary of the information, a link to a complete English language version and a link to information in the language you requested. An initiative of the Department of Human Services.
People Living with HIV/AIDS Inc. (PLWHA)
www.plwhavictoria.org.au Phone (03) 9865 6772
The primary purpose of PLWHA Victoria is to provide services and relief from suffering, alleviating poverty, distress and financial hardship, for people living with HIV/AIDS, with the aim of improving life expectancy and quality of life.
Southern Health Psychiatric Triage (PTS)
www.southernhealth.org.au/mhp/acute_services.htm Phone 1300 369 012
The Psychiatric Triage Service is a telephone-based 24-hour, seven-day point of access to the Mental Health Program. Any person, previous client, carer or professional can contact the PTS to discuss the need for specialist mental health services.
Child, Adolescent and Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
www.southernhealth.org.au/camhs Phone (03) 8768 1569
The Southern Health Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a place where young people who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health problems can get help. If you are having trouble coping with a serious problem on your own, but don't know how to change or improve things, we may be able to help.
Victorian Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)
www.rch.org.au/ceed/index.cfm?doc_id=2783 Phone (03) 8387 2669
The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) is a key program within the Victorian government's response to the provision of quality services for those with eating disorders. CEED aims to undertake strategies to build quality, sustainable eating disorder treatment responses delivered by public specialist mental health services.
KC @ THE SPOT: Sexaul and Reproductive Health Clinic for Young People (Casey & Cardinia)
www.fpy.org.au Phone (03) 9791 5700
This is a free to low cost service for Young Mums, Teenagers and Young People under 25 years. We provide Infomation and Advice; Infomation on Contraception; Pregnacy Testing; Pregnancy Options; Pap Tests; Sexually Transmitted Infection, HIV, Hep B & C Testing; Education
Family Planning Victoria
www.fpv.org.au Phone (03) 9257 0121
FPV focus is sexual reproductive healthcare, education and advocacy
Youth Support Program
www.insideinfo.casey.vic.gov.au Phone (03) 9705 5200
The City of Casey Youth Support Program is a free service that provides young people with someone to talk to and asist them when things are difficult to manage. The program is available for young people aged between 12-15 years who live, study, work or have a strong connection to the City of Casey. Advice and support is available for teachers and family members who have concerns about young people.
Windermere Counselling Service - Narre Warren
www.windermerecfs.com.au Phone (03) 9705 3200
At times people experience some form of difficulty, stress or trauma in their lives and need someone to talk to. Counsellors work with children, adults and families. Some services are free, dependent on an "income" means-test.
Relationship Australia (RAV)
www.relationshipsvictoria.com.au Phone (03) 1300 364 277
Relationships Victoria offers a diverse range of relationship support services including: Counselling; Family Dispute Resolution; Family Violence Prevention. RAV is the lead agency in four Family Relationshp Centres. Centres aim to strengthen families, help then to stay together and assist with seperation. The centres offer three hours of free jont Family Dispute Resolution.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
www.grief.org.au Phone (03) 9265 2100 or 1800 642 066 (Australia Wide)
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is an independent, not for profit organisation and is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Its mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in order to enhance well-being following adverse life events.
www.beyondblue.org.au Phone 1300 22 4636
Beyondblue works towards addressing issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. Beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, to bring together their expertise around depression.
www.lifeline.org.au Phone 13 11 44
Lifeline offers access to a range of national and local services that support mental health, wellbeing, help seeking and suicide prevention. They work through a process of connecting people to counselling, learning and information through personal service and innovative technology. They offer 24-hour telephone counselling.
To speak to some urgently call either Kids Helpline 1800 551 800, Lifeline 13 11 44 or Crisis Care 13 16 11
Headroom offers information for children, young people, adolescents, teachers and professionals on Mental Health Issues. The site is an easy to use and interactive domain that is separated into four sperate areas; 6-12 year olds, 12-18 year olds, parents and friends, and professionals and service providers. Each section offers pages of information and the opportunity to give feedback.
www.kidshelp.com.au 1800 551 800
Kids Help Line is Australia’s only free, confidential and anonymous, 24 hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Our fully qualified and professional Counsellors respond to more than 10,000 calls each week about issues ranging from relationship breakdown and bullying to sexual abuse, homelessness, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol usage.
Orygen Youth Health
www.orygen.org.au Phone (03) 9342 2800 or 1800 888 230 (after hours)
ORYGEN is a unique organisation made up of a specialist youth mental health service, a research centre and a range of education, training, advocacy and health promotion activities. The overall goal of ORYGEN is to integrate knowledge gained from clinical practice and research activities to implement, and advocate for, high quality mental health services for young people.
The MOODGym Training Program
MoodGYM is a free online program, designed to prevent and treat depression. It teaches users to identify symptoms and feelings and provides strategies to handle stress, separation and relationship break-ups as well as meditation and relaxation techniques. It is interactive, easy to use and a good service for people who are unable or unwilling to access traditional therapy.
South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)
www.secasa.com.au Phone (03) 9928 8741
The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault is a 24 hour Crisis Service for adults, children and non-offending family members who have experienced or witnessed sexual assault, recently or in the past. They offer Confidential short-term and medium-term counselling, urgent medial care and follow up when required, information and referral and support groups.
Family Planning Victoria (FPV)
www.fpv.org.au Phone (03) 9251 0100
Family Planning Victoria is a specialist state-wide agency with extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of human relations, sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. We offer a broad range of services for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
www.health.qld.gov.au/sexhealth Phone (07) 3234 0111
The Sexual Health section of the Queensland Government site, offers extensive information on sexual health, including fact sheets, statistics, links, glossaries and animated movies on various aspects of sexual health.
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
www.mshc.org.au Phone (03) 9347 0244 or 1800 032 017
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is Victoria’s specialist clinic for the testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections (STI’s). They offer various services at their centre, including a Men and Women’s Clinic, Counselling and a Pharmacy. They also provide online services for people who are concerned or just want more information about STI’s.
Australian Drug Foundation
www.adf.org.au Phone (03) 9278 8100
The Australian Drug Foundation provides effective drug prevention for people of all ages. Their vision is for an Australian culture that supports people so they can live healthy, safe and satisfying lives, unaffected by drug problems. They offer their services through community development work, research and providing leadership and support to those who wish to make a difference in the community in relation to drugs and alcohol.
Drug Info Clearing House
www.druginfo.adf.org.au Phone 1300 85 85 84
DrugInfo Clearing House is a service provided by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF). The core purposes of the ADF are to prevent drug problems and reduce drug-related harms; and to help people remain safe if, when and while they use drugs. DrugInfo Clearing House functions as a drug prevention network, providing easy access to information about alcohol and other drugs, and drug prevention.
Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
www.turningpoint.org.au Phone (03) 8413 8413
Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms. We aspire to be a world leading service delivery and research and development centre. In working toward our goals we will ensure the safest possible environment in relation to alcohol and other drug problems today and into the future.
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
www.ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au Phone (02) 9385 0333
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia. The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of Australian and International treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.
www.health.vic.gov.au/drugs/directline.htm Phone 1800 888 236
If you or someone you care about has an alcohol or drug problem, you can call Direct Line to speak to an experienced and professional counsellor. The service is a free, anonymous and confidential phone system which operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. Counsellors can provide immediate counselling and support, assistance in developing strategies and links to further information and education resources.
South East Alcohol & Drug Service (SEADS)
www.southernhealth.org.au Phone 8792 2330 or 1300 473237
SEADS operates from Dandenong, Springvale, Cranbourne, Berwick, Youth Shop Pakenham and Doveton sites of Southern Health. SEADS provides a comprehensive regional program for the management of issues relating to Alcohol & Drug use.
In all emergencies, call 000
Child Protection and Family Services
www.dhs.vic.gov.au/childprotection Phone 1300 655 795 or 13 1278 (24 hour crisis line)
Most Victorian children and young people are adequately cared for and nurtured by their family. It is only when parents or caregivers are unable or unwilling to protect children against significant harm that the child protection networks must take up this responsibility. The broader child protection network, which includes families, the local community, community agencies, professionals working with children, police and government, works together to keep children safe from harm. The Victorian Child Protection Service is specifically targeted to those children and young people at risk of significant harm.
The Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
www.casahouse.casa.org.au Phone (03) 9344 2000
The Centre Against Sexual Assault House is operated by The Royal Women’s Hospital and is a 24 hour service providing counselling for young people, women and men. CASA House is committed to ensuring that the silence which surrounds sexual assault continues to be broken and that victim/survivors are provided with necessary support. Their services are free and confidential and include crisis care, counselling and public involvement and education.
Victims of Crime
Windermere Southern Victims Assistance & Counselling Program (Southern Region)
www.windermerects.com.au Phone (03) 9705 3200
Windermere's Victim Assistance and Counselling Program brings together a range of support and counselling services for individuals, families, or groups who have been effected by violent crimes such as family violence, sexual assault, physical assault and murder
The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC)
www.dvirc.org.au Phone (03) 9486 9866
The Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre is a state-wide service in Victoria. DVIRC aims to reduce and prevent family violence by providing education to improve service and policy responses, and by assisting people who have experienced abuse. DVIRC provides information and referral to specialist support services, helpful pamphlets and websites and professional training courses.
www.chatfirst.com.au Phone (08) 8210 8200
A website for children and teens whose parents have separated for divorced. Contains lots of information about what happens when your parents' separate and live in separate places, and tips to help you to cope.
Bursting the Bubble
To speak to some urgently call either Kids Helpline 1800 551 800, Lifeline 13 11 44 or Crisis Care 13 16 11
A website for young people who know or think that maybe everything at home isn’t right. This website helps you to work out what's okay in a family and what's not. It tells you what you can do if someone in your family is hurting or abusing you or another member of your family.
When Love Hurts
www.dvirc.org.au/whenlove Phone (03) 9486 9866
Being in love is supposed to feel great. But sometimes it just feels confusing. What can you do if you are being hurt, controlled or treated badly in a relationship? Counsellors can listen to you and give you support, ideas and information on what you could do. A domestic violence service can talk to you about abuse in relationships. A sexual assault or rape crisis service can support you if you have been sexually assaulted or raped by your boyfriend, or by anyone else. Most of these services can talk to you and provide support and information over the telephone, and will refer you to see a counsellor in person if you want to.
Suicide Helpline Victoria
www.suicidehelpline.org.au Phone 1300 651 251
Suicide Helpline offers confidential telephone counselling, support and referral available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout Victoria for the cost of a local call. The site also offers information for those who know and care for someone who might be considering, or talks openly about, suicide, or for those who are dealing with the grief and loss of someone close to them who has just committed suicide.
Curriculum Corporation (CC)
www.curriculum.edu.au Phone (03) 9207 9600
Curriculum Corporation undertakes activities that are in the national interest and that support and augment the work of the States and Territories in providing educational experiences for all students. The Curriculum Corporation team of curriculum development, e-learning, assessment and publishing specialists provides services and creates resources for all learning needs. Its curriculum products and services are dedicated to improving student learning and meeting the needs of the key stakeholders in education.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
www.education.vic.gov.au Phone (03) 9794 3555
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a comprehensive online resource to help you make educational decisions relating to pre-school and school, through to university and technical or further education. They offer information and services for students in primary, secondary and tertiary education and information for parents about schools and beyond schools for their children.
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
www.chisholm.vic.edu.au Phone 1800 444 220
Chisholm's core business is the delivery of quality education and training with a focus on putting students first in meeting their personal aspirations. Chisholm courses and training are delivered through a network of campuses in the south-east region. One of the largest TAFE training providers in Victoria, Chisholm delivers over 220 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate diploma courses with a range of flexible options across seven campuses.
www.monash.edu.au Phone (03) 9902 6000 (general enquiries)
Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. It does so through research and education and a commitment to social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment. It’s values include excellence in research and education, innovation and creativity, fairness and engagement. Monash has 6 campuses spread across the Greater Melbourne and Southern Regions of Victoria.
WAYSS Ltd - Providing Housing & Support Services in the Commuity
www.wayssltd.org.au Phone (03) 9791 6111
WAYSS provides a range of services for Dandenong, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Pakenham. Services include:
Emergency Youth Accommodation; Homelessness Service; Private Rental Access Program; Family Violence Outreach Service; Drug Court Homelessness Assistance Program; Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program; Women's Outreach Program; Family Violence Crisis Service
Tenancy Advice & Infomation
www.tuv.org.au Phone (03) 9416 2577
The Tenants Union of Victoria is a free and confidential service for residential tenants livintg in Victoira. The service can help with filling in forms and agreements, advise on specific problems, negotiate and advocate, assist or represent you at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
www.careerone.com.au Phone 1800 555 010
Career One is a fully interactive, online service that provides information and support in seeking out training and employment. You can upload your resume on the site, look for work, be notified by e-mail about upcoming jobs, find out about training and contact a careers expert or advisor.
The Job Guide
www.jobguide.dest.gov.au Phone 1800 730 071 (free call)
The Job Guide is written and produced for Year 10 students, and is distributed to schools in March/April of each year. It provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities. The Job Guide is created by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Job Services Australia
Job Services Australia is a national network of organisations dedicated to helping job seekers to find and sustain employment.
Your local Job Services Australia provider will be your first port of call for all your employment and job search needs. They will work with you one-on-one to help develop and enhance your skills—for the job or training that’s right for you.
www.seek.com.au Phone 1300 658 700
SEEK can help you achieve your career goals. We are Australia's most popular choice for advertisers searching for the right candidate, and job seekers looking for the right job. Join for free, search for and make a list of the jobs you find, and be e-mailed about new positions as they are put on the site.
www.centrelink.gov.au Phone 13 6240 (self service)
Centrelink is an Australian Government Statutory Agency, assisting people to become self-sufficient and supporting those in need. They can offer support and services to young people and families in looking for work, dealing with crises and emergencies, migrants, indigenous peoples, legal aid and counselling.
Tell Us Your Skills - Employment Matcher
Connecting Industry with Prospective Work Experience Students
Centre for Multicultural Youth (previously CMYI)
www.cmyi.net.au Phone (03) 9340 3700
CMY is a community based organisation that advocates for the needs of young people from migrant refugee backgrounds. The centre has a priority focus on the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young from refugee and newly arrived communities. Their programs are aimed at enhancing the life opportunities through building community capacity, providing training and client service delivery.
South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre Inc. (SERMRC)
www.sermrc.org.au Phone (03) 9706 8933 Dandenong Office or (03) 9705 6966 Narre Warren Office
The South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre provides services to all migrants and refugees living in the south eastern region of Melbourne. Our services included aged care services, settlement services, family services, youth services, and community education projects and accredited training for service providers.
www.foundationhouse.com.au Phone (03) 9388 0022
Foundation House is committed to providing the best possible support for refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture and trauma prior to their arrival in Australia. We aim to help our clients recover from past abuses and build new lives in safety and with dignity.
Australian Multicultural Education Services (AMES)
www.ames.net.au Phone (03) 9926 4666 or 1300 304 685
AMES is Australia's largest provider of specialist, multicultural language, and employment and settlement services. AMES is the largest provider of English language services in Victoria. The AMES Youth Program offers young recent arrivals aged 18-25 years old an excellent opportunity to improve their English and assist them with their new life in Australia. There is a strong focus on social connection within the Youth Program with a number of partnerships being formed with artistic and sporting networks.
Noble Park English Language School
www.nobleparkels.vic.edu.au Phone (03) 9546 9578
Noble Park English Language School provides an excellent start to Australian education for newly arrived and international students from non-English speaking backgrounds. We aim to teach students the English they will need for education and life in Australia.
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV)
www.eccv.org.au Phone (03) 9349 4122
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) was established in 1974 as a voluntary community based organisation and is now a broadly based, state-wide, peak advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria.
City of Casey Events Calendar
www.casey.vic.gov.au/calendar Phone (03) 9705 5200
Casey's Events Calendar is a publication produced twice a year to inform members of our community of the variety of events and activities happening throughout the city over the coming months. For young people there are the regular Freeza Music Events and Gigs, School Holiday Activities, the Casey Kids Carnival, the Berwick Show and much more.
Go For Your Life
www.goforyourlife.vic.gov.au Phone 1300 73 98 99
Go for your life is a Victorian Government initiative which aims to promote healthy eating and increase levels of physical activity. You’ll find hundreds of ideas on how to get active and healthy. In turn, Go For Your Life hopes to reduce the levels of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and depression affecting people of all ages.
Cyber Bullying (Harassment, Discrimination)
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
DEECD Guidelines on Cyberbullying.
Learning Disabilities Online
Online Safety for Children with Learning Difficulties
Created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Aust Govt Budd: e Program for primary & secondary students.
Aust Govt, Aust Communications & Media Authority. Internet Safety Education for Primary Schools
Aust Govt, Aust Communications & Media Authority. Internet Safety Education for Primary Schools
Crime Stoppers – The Finger
Who are you going to call if you are effected by Crime?
Bullying. No Way!
Bullying. No way! is developed and managed by all Australian education authorities for use by Australia's Government, Catholic and Independent school communities. We are working together to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected, valued — and free from bullying, violence, harassment and discrimination.
Hand Brake Turn
Hand Brake Turn Dandenong: Ph: 9793 1466
Hand Brake Turn is about giving disadvantaged young people a real opportunity to get their lives on track and carve out a successful pathway for the future.
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Concern Australia gives HBT participants the opportunity to complete an automotive course and graduate with a Certificate 1 in Automotive.
The Office for Children Victoria
www.office-for-children.vic.gov.au Phone (03) 9213 2111
The Office for Children is primarily focused on the health, safety, development, learning and well being of children, young people and families in Victoria. It offers various programs in the areas of child protection, early childhood intervention, indigenous initiatives and state-wide outcomes for children and young people. A division of the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Frontyard Youth Services
www.frontyard.org Phone 1800 800 531 (free call)
This site is designed to give you an idea of what services are available for young people at Frontyard and what issues we can help with. In addition to our services we are very well resourced, so that if we can’t help you directly we can point you to someone who can help. We work with young people aged 12 to 25 but each service does have a different age range so check them out under the service names. Feel free to contact us even if you just have a question. All services are free and most are drop-in so no appointment is necessary.
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS)
www.acys.info Phone (03) 6226 2591
ACYS provides information on the complex and wide-ranging issues that affect young people today, from early adolescence to the early adult years. The site offers information on Youth Facts and Statistics, a free monthly newsletter on current youth issues and an up-to-date journal for youth work practitioners on studies and resources.
Cranbourne Information and Support Services (CISS)
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~ciss/ Phone (03) 5996 333
Cranbourne Information and Support Services is a community based information and referral service staffed by trained volunteers. Services include information and referral, crisis intervention, budget counselling, negotiation, advocacy, shared accommodation register, tax help, volunteer registration, and a volunteer training program. They also offer counselling, emergency relief and youth services.
Casey North Community Information and Support Service (CNCIS)
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~cncis/ Phone (03) 9705 6699
Casey North Community Information & Support Service is free and confidential, and is available to all members of the local community. We aim to assist all people to access the information or service that they need. Our friendly staff will try to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information, including referral to other specialist services.
Cardinia-Casey Community Health
www.southernhealth.org.au/chs/cardinia_casey.htm Phone (03) 5990 6789
An initiative of Southern Health, Cardinia-Casey Community Health Service is committed to programs which enhance illness prevention, early intervention and which promote wellness within a social view of health. Anyone residing, working or studying in the Shire of Cardinia or the City of Casey is eligible to use the service.
The Andrews Centre
www.andrewscentre.org.au Phone (03) 9700 4944
The Andrews Centre is an initiative of the Endeavour Ministries. It is a Christian-based voluntary organisation, which seeks primarily to provide for those who are in need for whatever reason - the lonely, the depressed, the ill, those in financial difficulty, etc. The Andrews Centre offers counselling, education programs, food relief, financial and legal advice and a free meeting room for community groups.
Dandenong Hospital Crisis Assessment Tr, eatment Team (CATT)
www.southernhealth.org.au/mhp/acute_services.htm Phone 1300 369 012 or (03) 9544 1800 (after hours)
The Crisis Assessment Treatment Team provides 24-hour community-based and emergency department-based assessment and treatment of mental illness, and organise access to acute psychiatric inpatient units. They also operate from Berwick and Clayton.
www.parentline.vic.gov.au Phone 13 22 89
Parentline provides a state-wide telephone counselling service to parents and carers of children, aged from birth to eighteen years old. Professional counsellors are able to explore a variety of issues that impact on parenting and relationships, and provide contact details for community services.