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Wanslea Family Services – Peel
My Place operates from the Mandurah office and covers the Peel region up to Safety Bay Road. The program supports young people by assisting you to:
- Work out what you want and how to get it and keep it;
- Increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in living independently;
- Reduce the likelihood of any crisis when you leave care;
- Find alternative safe, supportive long-term housing if you can’t live with your family;
- Improve your relationship with your family or friends;
- Be linked to appropriate services such as employment, training, education, accommodation, counselling, and recreation; and
- Access funding for the purchase of white goods, furniture and other household items to assist in setting up accommodation.
Who is this service for? My Place is for young people aged between 14 to 25 years who:
- Are in foster care;
- Are in the care of DCP;
- Have left foster care or a group home; and
- Are preparing to leave care.
My Place has three stages. Young people may enter, re-enter or leave the program at any stage. The three stages are:
- Preparation for Leaving Care: most relevant for 14 to 17 year olds currently living in foster care or a group home to talk about the future.
- Moving towards Independent Living: relevant for those over 16 who have the skills, ability and willingness to live independently. We will provide assistance and support in the transition to independent living.
- Aftercare whilst living independently: for those already living independently. Assistance to maintain housing and support networks.
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Name of Service: My Place
Region: Peel/South of Safety Bay Road
Contact Name: Marissa Beever
Mission Australia – Bunbury & the South West
The Navig8 support program is located in central Bunbury and outreaches to the greater South-western region including centres such as Bunbury, Collie, Busselton, Margaret River, Manjimup, Katanning, Gnowangerup and Albany. The service is available for a minimum of 37.5 hours per week and operates on a flexible basis consistent with participant needs.
The Bunbury DCP region reaches out to Boyup Brook in the east, as far south as Bridgetown and west to Augusta and Margaret River.
The Albany DCP region includes Manjimup, Katanning and as far east as Gnowangerup, with a variation to the Service Model, taking into account distance and other social & demographic factors, such as perceived isolation and availability of quality support staff, local organisations and mentors.
Mission Australia’s Navig8 programme is for people aged between 14-25 who are preparing to or have recently left DCP State care. The service provides support for young people who are making this transition.
Navig8 is based in Bunbury and reaches out to the Great Southern Region providing client advisory and practical support for those transitioning to independence.
Navig8 can assist with things like:
- Intentional mentoring, life skills enhancement, encouragement, and practical, or emotional support.
- Identifying further education and training opportunities.
- Sourcing accommodation.
- Advice with career planning and job seeking
- Support during transition from DCP care, foster homes or group homes to independence.
- Other agency referrals
Navig8 can also act as a referrer to the administrators of TILA (Transition to Independent Living Allowance) funding.
Navig8 is funded by WA State Govt Department of Child Protection (DCP)
Name of Service: Navig8
Region: Bunbury based, covering the South West including Bunbury, Collie, Busselton, Margaret River, Manjimup, Katanning, Gnowangerup and Albany.
51-55 Forrest Avenue, Bunbury WA 6230
PO Box 6073
Phone: 08 9722 4644 or 0427 380 624
Fax: 08 9722 4611
Contacts: Lisa Glover and Tammy Scott
Transitional Support Service
- Aims to support young people aged 14-25 years who are leaving, are currently residing in, or have already left care.
- The service offers flexible, creative, individualised and holistic case management of young people who have been in State Care services and/or SAAP services (foster care, wardship or residential placement)
- The service is dedicated to the formation of healthy and appropriate support networks for young people and well-managed support to reduce the changed of crisis for young people.
- Crossroads also runs recreational and adventure based activities, life skills development training and support.
Name of Service Crossroads West
Region Perth Metropolitan Area
Regional (Goldfields/ Murchison/ Pilbara/ Kimberley/ Wheatbelt)
Level 3, 333 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Po Box 8459 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Phone: (08) 93281600
Free call No: 1800 447 797
Fax: (08) 9328 1655
Contact Name: Cally Jeffers
For more information about CrossroadsWest click on CrossroadsWest
Advocate for Children in Care
If you’re a child or young person in the care of the Department for Child Protection, then Judy Garsed, Advocate for Children in Care, is here especially for you. She can help you have your say and get heard. She can help you with problems or complaints you can’t sort out with your case worker, and she can make sure you have a say in decisions that affect your life.
- Listen to children and young people, help them say what they want to say and help.
- Get adults to listen give information & advice about what children and young people are entitled to, and how they should be treated.
- Support children & young people if they want to have a decision reviewed or complain about things they believe are wrong speak to people in authority about what young people tell her works or doesn’t work in their live.
The Department for Child Protection wants to protect and promote the interests of children and young people in care, and the Advocate for Children in Care has been created especially to focus on them, their views and their concerns.
You can contact Judy by phoning 1800 460 696 (free call), or 0429 086 508 (mobile), or 9222 2518, you can fax her on 9222 2929 or email her at email@example.com.
The Departmental website is at http://www.childprotection.wa.gov.au/DCP and the Advocate for Children in Care is on the first page. Judy covers the whole state of WA for all children in care or in placement services and those who are eligible for leaving care services.
Create Foundation is a national organisation for children and young people in care. It aims to connect young people to each other, empower them and also change the care system for the better. It does this by speaking to children and young people in care about and finding out how the care system can be improved.
Create runs fun programs, events and activities. They also have youth advisory group called Create’V VOYCE (voice of youth with care experiences). Create’V VOYVE is made up of 14- 25 year olds and they run projects and give advice to DCP on behalf of children in care in WA.
If you’d like more info about CREATE please call us on FREECALL 1800 655 105. You can also join up to ClubCREATE by logging on to www.create.org.au or calling us for a form. You’ll receive a welcome pack, regular newsletters, a birthday card on your birthday and info about all our programs.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Commissioner for Children: Michelle Scott
The Commissioner is the independent person who works with others to make WA a better place for children and young people.
The position was created because the Western Australian Parliament made a commitment to the children and young people of WA that they would live in a state where they were heard, valued, healthy and safe.
Telephone: (08) 6213 2297
Country freecall: 1800 072 444
Fax: (08) 6213 2220
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