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West Coast Youth and Community Support Inc.
What does this organisation do?
West Coast Youth and Community Support Incorporated has been operating in Port Lincoln for the past 34 years, initially starting as a youth crisis accommodation service in 1984.
The organisation is now a dynamic and innovative local community service agency providing practical support and programs to adults and young people impacted by housing crisis or homelessness together with a variety of early intervention, youth leadership and education and employment program supports. We are also a leader in recovery support options for mental wellness for youth and families and addiction support via skilled counsellors and clinicians. We believe in local services for local people and that those most vulnerable, marginalised and isolated members of our community should have access to similar life, employment and education opportunities as everyone else, particularly our young people. We believe that our regional communities are amazing places to live, work and play. We believe that if we can partner and collaborate together, to ensure all who live in our region are connected and valued, our communities will be great places for our young people to stay and work in or return after study. We deliver these services through a quality assured, best practise and professional service that employs and supports qualified people to stay in the region to live, work and potentially for some raise their families. We are locals supporting locals.
We provide support to youth, families, individuals and the community in Port Lincoln and across the Eyre Peninsula in a wide range of areas both within a supportive, service delivery framework but also a preventative and capacity building model. We believe in a hand up- all individuals have the capacity to contribute to decision making and ultimately their own life outcomes and future directions.
We take pride in being one of only two independent local based regional homelessness services in South Australia.
Young people disengaged from education and work
We all want the best for our children and young people but the evidence suggests that if young people are not engaged with work or education their future wellbeing is in jeopardy. They are more likely to experience social and economic disadvantage, poorer physical and mental health and be at risk of social exclusion in the short and longer term.
People affected by domestic or family violence or abuse
We all expect to be treated with respect and fairness by our partners and in our families. Yet domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44. Children exposed to domestic or family violence are at increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties.