Bayside City Council's Youth Services provides support for young people aged 10 to 25 years and their families who have a connection to the City of Bayside. The City of Bayside includes the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton, Hampton East, Sandringham, Cheltenham (beachside of the train line) and Highett (beachside of the train line).
The Youth Services team consists of:
- Youth Counsellors
- Youth Workers
- Youth Services Coordinator
- Youth Planning and Development Officer
- Administration Officer
Contact us (03) 9599 4622
The role of Youth Services is to improve the well-being outcomes for young people and their families in the City of Bayside through:
· providing safe and accessible opportunities to enhance connection to the community,
· supporting young people and their families to be resilient and empowered, and
· collaborating with and advocating for high quality services.
Principles to guide services
1) Any service delivery role will be in the area of prevention and /or early intervention services and Council will refer young people to crisis management services when necessary.
2) Council will not provide services and/or assets directly where there are suitable alternatives and/or competitors and we add limited value.
3) Council will ensure there are inclusive services that meet the diverse needs of young people and prioritise access for those who are vulnerable.
4) Council will develop relationships and partnerships to enhance and extend the community’s access to high quality services.
5) In delivering services, Council will be responsive to the needs of young people and also mindful of the views and values of the broader community.
6) Council will be accountable for our services through identifying and monitoring utilisation levels required for a program to provide an expected level of service and value.
7) Council will take a leadership role by undertaking planning and advocating for services benefiting young people in the City of Bayside.
8) Council will actively involve and encourage young people to contribute to our service development and delivery by using a ‘youth participation’ approach.
9) Council will be guided by the Code of Ethical Practice for the Victorian Youth Sector in responding to the needs of young people including confidentiality, boundaries, transparency and duty of care responsibilities.
Below is a breakdown of our activities and programs (for detailed information use the left hand tool bar):
Free counselling is available to young people aged 10 - 25 and their families by qualified and experienced Youth Counsellors.
Issues discussed can include relationships, school, friendships, family conflict, parenting, home, work etc. Mental health issues may also be discussed such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, sexuality and anything else that may be of concern.
Youth Workers provide individual support to help young people develop practical life skills such as budgeting, setting goals, resume writing. Youth Workers can also advocate on financial and legal issues, employment and education and linking into community activities.
An intake worker is available Monday to Friday 1pm-5pm to provide information and receive referrals for both counselling and youth work support. Referrals can be made either via the phone or on-line.
Youth Services have different groups, committees and programs throughout the week which are responsive to the needs of the target group; examples of programs include, leadership programs, life skills programs and body image programs.
FReeZA Youth committee - Boombox
Plan, organise and run different youth events in Bayside throughout the year. The committee meets weekly in the school term.
Bayside Youth Ambassadors
A committee of young people that are passionate about youth issues in Bayside. The committee help identify current needs of young people in the Bayside area and develop initiatives to meet these needs. This committee meets once a month.
If you would like to join one of the committees/groups you can complete the 'join a committee' online form.
Youth same sex attracted gender diverse social support group for young people aged 14 to 24.
Each school holidays Youth Services operates a school holiday program for young people aged 10 to 17 years. Activities can include horse riding, surfing, art and craft and cooking and much more.
Music and cultural events are held throughout the year to celebrate young people, including band and DJ competitions, art exhibitions, awards nights and skate events.
Youth planning and development
Youth Services works with local youth organisations, community members and young people to assist in planning and developing services and activities to improve outcomes for young people.
Bayside City Council, in collaboration with young people, parents, community members and service providers have developed the Youth Action Plan that strives to optimise the health and wellbeing of young people and their families in Bayside.
The Youth Action Plan 2013 - 2017 is a four year action plan that will provide direction for the development and coordination of services that impact on young people aged between 10 and 25 years and their families.
Page last updated: 26 Apr 2016