03rd April, Melbourne, 2014
YSAS Diary to support vulnerable young Victorians
Vulnerable young Victorians will now have access to essential information such as alcohol and other drug advice, housing support and health and transportation services in one easy-to-read document - the Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) Diary.
The Diary, funded by the City of Yarra community grants program, was officially launched today by Councillor Amanda Stone at the YSAS Abbotsford Day Program.
The Diary was created in collaboration with young people accessing YSAS programs who determined the content and design of the Diary. Young people indicated information on housing and homelessness services as most important to have access to, followed by drug and alcohol and mental health information.
The Diary also includes healthy and cost-effective recipes, information on legal services and ‘how-to’ guides to obtaining a bank account and budgeting.
Louisa Buchan, Youth Outreach Worker at YSAS who coordinated the Diary project, said the YSAS Diary is an important tool to provide ongoing support to young people outside of when they are accessing youth services.
“Young people often do not have a support network to tell them where to access help. When they are facing the prospect of having no housing or need to get in contact with a doctor, the Diary is something they can carry with them to easily find the information they need.”
Cr Amanda Stone said the Diary is an example of how the Community Grants Program can extend the important work of community services in the City of Yarra.
“The Diary has been put together with input and assistance from young people who use the kind of support services listed inside so we believe it can be an excellent tool to help vulnerable young people, not just in our community but across the state,” Cr Stone said.
The Diary will be distributed at YSAS sites across Victoria from today.
Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) supports young people struggling with substance use to take control of their health and wellbeing.
To find out further information visit ysas.org.au or contact the confidential 24 hour free YoDAA line: 1800 458 685.
TEL +61 3 8412 8522