Youth and peer support

Young woman smilingProviding young people with the means to live engaging lives and build resilience is important to us. Being young is a time of growth and development and comes with competing priorities for young people; balancing education with family and friends, relationships and a social life can all contribute to feelings of stress and worry in young people.

A young person may feel disconnected from their family, be isolated from their community or be unengaged at school, leaving them feeling alone and misunderstood. UnitingCare Community work with young people to understand these feelings and learn ways to approach challenges life may bring.

We do this through our programs

  • Minds Alive a program delivered on the Sunshine Coast that offers face-to-face holistic support to assist vulnerable children and young people who are affected by or at risk of mental illness, and their families.
  • Peer Skills a program designed to provide skills, knowledge and strategies to assist young people to develop self understanding and effective supportive relationships.
  • Aspire a community based youth service that works alongside young people aged 12 – 18 years to support their hopes and ambitions.
  • CASPAS support for children where family members have diagnosed mental illnesses.
  • Iona House residential youth shelter that provides short term crisis accommodation to young women.
  • Child, Youth and Family Wellbeing Service  support for vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by or at risk of mental illness, and their families.
  • Next Steps a program for young people who've left care.
  • Discovery Coast Youth Service support for youth living in the Agnes Waters area.

Whether it is help finding part-time employment, involvement in community activities, talking to other young people in similar situations, getting active or taking some time-out to talk about a problem, our support for young people facilitates this and equips young people with knowledge, strategies and the chance to develop self-understanding and effective supportive relationships.

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