Swan City Youth Service is proud to announce the commencement of our new Volatile Substance Abuse Program - Exhale - funded by the Department of the Attorney General.
Exhale is a two year program working with young people between the ages of 12-25 years and their families (when required) who are at risk of, or who are already using/experimenting with volatile substances and inhalants.
The program includes weekly outings supported by Holyoake and Headspace Midland to outdoor activities, cultural workshops and safe place agency visits to increase participants knowledge, confidence, social and life skills. The program also delivers weekly cooking classes, education workshops (covering mental and sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, legal rights, etc.), basic first aid training, exposure to alternative education/training opportunities, grooming and deportment workshops and case management in order to assist the young person in moving forward to where they want to be.
If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Graham or Nikki on - 9274 3488 or alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POLYTECHNIC WEST OUTREACH PROGRAM
Polytechnic West runs an opportunity for young people who have disengaged from mainstream schooling to complete their Certificate in General Education for Adults II at Swan City Youth Service. This program is targeted at 16 to 25 year olds and enrolments are at the beginning of the semester with payment options available.
The program runs Wednesdays and Thursdays two days a week. To find out whether this may be for you or not call Megan or Orietta on 9274 3488.
If you're an aspiring artist or want to have a jam this is for you! Come and be creative, record your own songs and make your own beats. Swan City Youth Service releases a CD each year of the works and songs produced by the young people throughout the year; something we will continue to do.
The program operates every Tuesday from 10am - 7pm with a free sausage sizzle provided in the afternoon. This encourages social interaction and further assists youth workers in engaging with the young people to address any issues they may be having. Providing a creative outlet for young people is vital to their growth and we are constantly looking for performance opportunities for those interested including community events.
For more information contact Ray on 9274 3488 or email: email@example.com
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
Funded by the Department of Health and Ageing this program provides outreach and in-service support to those struggling with addiction or wanting to minimise the harm associated with their substance use. These young people are able to access counselling, case management, court support and youth workers who will assist them every step of their journey if needed.
Partnerships with agencies such as Mission Australia's Drug and Alcohol Youth Service provide a seamless referral process and fast track into their detox unit if required, attending the service weekly. WA Substance Users Association attends the service providing extra support to participants and staff around current drug trends, and education on harm reduction and usage. A partnership with Holyoake Midland also allows those with court-ordered counselling to access this support at the youth service, providing a bridge from youth to adult Alcohol and Drug Services as well. Headspace Midland provides support to the program via outreach and on the spot referral if required. These partnerships allow us to refer young people through a doctor for a Mental Health Care Plan if needed and then the ability to access bulk billing Psychologists for support.
We understand addiction and substance use is a journey. We are not here to judge or remind you of where you've come from, but rather where you are going and where you want to be.
Every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm we run a cooking program aimed at encouraging and showing young people how easy it is to prepare and cook nutritious and healthy meals. As a group we prepare and cook all different types of meals as all the food to cook is suggested by the young people. The cooking group serves up meals to everyone in the service, sitting down around the table together and eating like a family. This time is used to build relationships and provide a forum for group conversations. For more info call Orietta on 9274 3488.
Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm we run urban art workshops where young people can come and learn new techniques and skills with aerosols broadening their artistic abilities and potential to receive commissioned walls or participate in community murals. The program is about providing a creative outlet for young people to explore their artistic abilities in a safe, supportive environment. If you're keen to learn and showcase some of your art work then this is for you. For more info call Ray or Chrystie on 9274 3488.
A free bulk-billing general practice where no appointment is necessary. You can come and see the doctor for information, blood and STI tests, lumps and bumps, Pap smears, vaccinations and anything else you would go to the doctor for.
Youth Workers are available to go with you and support you with the appointment too, if needed. Call 9274 3488 before 11am on a Wednesday to get your name on the list. The clinic runs weekly.
Our drop-in area is for all young people from ages 12 to 25 years to enjoy. The area is fully equipped with two pool tables, table tennis tables, computers, Xbox, PlayStation and a big projector for those movie nights. A great place for young people to hang out with friends and an easy place to engage with youth workers if they want to discuss any issues.
Check out the video below to see what our drop-in area has.
YOUNG MEN'S BUSINESS
This group is for all young men to discuss issues of culture, health and hygiene, anger management, relationships, prison life and more. The group meets for yarning and story-telling and, dependent on funds, will go on outings to better connect the young men with themselves, their culture and their community.
A program for young women where we discuss a range of issues relevant to us girls. Sometimes we go out, sometimes we pamper ourselves or learn new skills such as crafts, other times we hang out and eat chocolate while talking. Groups run dependent on the need and funding.
A three-day program run in groups of four where young people learn about themselves, communication barriers, safe boundaries and connection through horses. Each young person is assigned a horse for the three days to work with; usually the horse chooses the young person. It is then an intense program for the next three days until the young people walk away as "Horse Whisperers". The third day consists of a game of liberty with the horse where it simply chooses to trust and follow the young person's communication cues to lead them without any assistance through an obstacle course. This is an extremely powerful program for the participants and operates dependent on funding. For more info contact Chrystie 92743488 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please check calendar for updates on programs as some programs are subject to funding .