For more than 30 years, Swan City Youth Service has been the open door that the young people of Midland and surrounds, aged between 12 and 25 years, have accessed for life skills, recreation, education, art, music plus a variety of specialty services.
Working from a holistic model, we predominantly work with “at risk” marginalised young people with complex needs, facing any number of challenges through drug and alcohol counselling, mental health support, weekly medical clinics, accommodation assistance and more. We are unique in that no young person is turned away. There are no waitlists, no appointments, and no cut off times for support– our door is always open and the service to the young person is free. In 2016, through a partnership with the City of Swan and Lottery West, we moved to our new purpose-built facility on Padbury Terrace in Midland, Western Australia. The new Centre contains a commercial kitchen, a group work / training room, computer lab, chill-out areas and private consulting rooms where young people can have confidential conversations with our youth workers.
Trust | Equality | Partnership | Empowerment | Excellence
Working Together to Secure a Better Future for Young People.
A vibrant youth service that provides inclusive, innovative and sustainable programs that seek to change a young person’s horizons by improving physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. A place where doors open, not close.
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MEET OUR PEOPLE
With a background working with young people and children with disabilities, Chrystie has been opening doors and instilling hope in young people at Swan City Youth Service for 20 years. Her mantra is, “Your past doesn’t need to dictate what your future holds” and she is passionate about working with young people to help them create brighter futures. In particular, Chrystie works tirelessly to overcome hopelessness. She says, “So many people are lost in their past hurts and trauma, addictions, circumstances and mental struggles that they can’t see a way out. It is through sheer hopelessness that we lose lives.” Chrystie believes that she is privileged to work with the young people of Swan City Youth Service whose resilience, determination and generosity never ceases to amaze her.
A proud Aboriginal man, role model and father figure to many at Swan City Youth Service, Graham has been in the business of opening doors for young people for 24 years. Graham calls the Service his second home, making the staff and young people his second family – it’s a place where work doesn’t feel like work. He is particularly passionate about helping young Aboriginal people who feel that prison is their ‘rite of passage’ create alternative pathways. With his personal motto of, “I’m on top of the world”, Graham is a much-loved member of the Swan City Youth Service family and believes that everyone has the opportunity to grow – no matter their circumstance.
RaySenior Youth Worker
The Service’s ‘music guy’, Ray started his career as a music ensemble director (or, as Ray says, “the fancy name for a music teacher”) with “Music Rocks Australia”. His involvement with Swan City Youth Service started as a two-hour programme once a week. A year later, Ray was offered a full-time position and now pilots what is, arguably, the Service’s flagship programme and one that is unique within Western Australian youth services landscape. The music programme not only opens doors for aspiring musicians but enables young people to engage with youth services. A New Zealand-born, Samoan man, Ray loves the sense of family that Swan City Youth Service provides – not just for young people but for staff as well. He considers his position as one of privilege, learning as much from Service users as from formal study.
With a background working in remote communities in both the Pilbara and the Kimberley, Nikki has been with Swan City Youth Service for the past 7 years. Nikki handles case management, informal counselling and court support and is currently working to upskill in the Social Work space through a degree at Deakin University. Nikki’s reason for getting up in the morning is having the chance to open doors for the Service’s young people and would love to see an end to homelessness. Her mantra is, “Never give up on your dreams”.
With qualifications in Community Services, Orietta plays a vital role in opening doors for young people to access education and employment. Among other roles, she is a support for the on-site TAFE programme and assists young people in developing resumes, job applications and education support. This first generation Australian from Italian parents, would love to see a change to way that our society views young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. She is a strong advocate for Swan City Youth Service and the supportive environment established for young people.
Karren’s motto of, “tough times don’t last, tough people do” is a roadmap for her career journey. With a career spanning everything from pizza delivery to dance instructor her pathway has opened doors to qualifications in Youth Work and her current role facilitating the drop-in Centre at Swan City Youth Service. Karren is constantly upskilling and wants to see an end to the to-ing and fro-ing between mental health services, hospitals and law enforcement when it comes to dealing with the issue of drug addiction in young people. Her motivation for coming to work every day is the sense of family at Swan City Youth Service. It feels like home – everyone genuinely cares for one another.
A self-confessed former misfit, Vic is Swan City Youth Service’s resident bean-counter. Vic is based at the Service part-time and is a great support to the team and to the Board. Like the whole Swan City Youth Service staff, Vic enjoys the feeling of family at the purpose-built Centre and is particularly passionate about the rights of young people.
KristineAdministration / Marketing
The newest member of the Swan City Youth Service family, Kristine came on board as a temporary administration support and became part of the furniture! With a 20-year history in administration and customer service roles, Kristine handles everything from answering phone calls and filing to marketing and baking muffins. She would love the service to have a never-ending, sustainable source of funding that enables Swan City Youth Service to continue to deliver amazing outcomes that open doors for young people. Kristine’s favourite quote from CS Lewis is relevant to the Service – “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”.
MEET OUR PATRON
Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA
For more than 15 years, Michelle Roberts has been a patron of Swan City Youth Service, opening the door to many political and funding opportunities for the organisation. First becoming involved with the Service patron under then-Chairperson Mayor, Charlie Gregorini OAM, Michelle’s commitment to the Service has been invaluable. Her passion for the Midland community and, in particular, young people makes her a unique ambassador.
MEET OUR BOARD
The Swan City Youth Service board oversees the corporate governance and performance of the Service. The day-to-day running of the Service is the responsibility of the CEO who is accountable to the board.
Ann Ten SeldamChairperson
Dr Ann ten Seldam has been associated with Swan City Youth Service either as a service provider in her role as a GP, or as a board member since 2000. Having been given life changing opportunities at ages thirteen and eighteen she feels privileged to play a part in providing opportunities to young people in our community. Ann is a passionate advocate for the Service and has strong community connections within the local community.
Maria FifieldBoard Member
Maria has a background of 25 years in mental health nursing working in SA, WA and England, County of Suffolk, where she completed studies at the Cambridge University in Group Counselling and practice in family therapy. Her first nursing certificate was in Learning Disabilities working with children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (UWA 1985), Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Curtin 1997) a Law degree (UWA 2002) and post graduate qualifications in Business Administration (University of Nottingham Trent 1993)) and Mediation (2013). Her passion is about educating young people to be resilient to the vicissitudes of life.
Sarah MooreVice Chairperson
Member of the Swan City Youth Service Fundraising Committee | A Project Marketing Manager with Vicinity Centres, Sarah first joined the Swan City Youth Service board in 2016 during her tenure as Marketing Manager at Midland Gate Shopping Centre. With a background in the not-for-profit sector Sarah is a strong advocate for young people in the Midland region.
Geoff HutchingsonBoard Member
Geoff joined the board of Swan City Youth Service in early 2017. With an extensive background in not-for-profit and higher education industries, Geoff brings significant business development skills to the Swan City Youth Service board.
Anastasia BrooksBoard Member
Anastasia is a Community Development professional and has worked in a range of community-facing roles in the tertiary education, not-for-profit and local government sectors. Anastasia brings to Swan City Youth Service expertise in project management, stakeholder engagement, and program development and implementation, as well as her passion for developing healthy, safe and inclusive communities.
Darren is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years' finance experience. After a successful career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and General Electric, Darren joined the Western Australia state government and Swan City Youth Service (SCYS) in 2016 in an attempt to contribute to the community he lives in. A passionate believer in helping our youth reach their potential, Darren takes great satisfaction from the work done by SCYS.
Jenny TaylorBoard Member
Jenny joined Swan City Youth Service in 2018. She is a long-time local resident and has a keen interest in social reform, education and welfare, particularly within the Indigenous community. With qualifications in Psychology, Human Resources and Business Administration coupled with experience across industries ranging from higher education to resources and retail, Jenny brings sound knowledge of policy and procedures, governance, organisational development and cultural alignment to the board.