Young People

Pet care

Pet ownership offers unconditional love, companionship and emotional support, however,  it can also come with addional and sometimes unexpected financial cost. Pets in the Park and Pets of the Homeless are chatitable organisations run by volunteers, to assit people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiening homelessness, with the financial cost associated with owning a pet. 

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Assistance with Financial Hardship

Financial problems can affect anyone, there are a number of support services avaliable to help with financial difficulties. These include: 

  • Financial Counselling
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)
  • Utilities assistance 


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Technology & Communication

Information on where to find a free public phone & access to libaries with WIFI, charging hubs and computer access. 

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Hygiene Services

List of services that have access to: 

  • Showers 
  • Washing machines &
  • Dryers 
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Emergency Relief

Emergency relief is available to anyone experiencing hardship. The Eastern Region Community Meals & Emergency Relief Guide list services avalaible in the:

  • City of Booroondara
  • City of Knox
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Maroondah
  • City of Monash
  • City of Whitehorse 
  • City of Yarra Ranges
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2020 Ardoch School Costs Guide

The Ardoch School Costs Guide is intended to support parents, carers and those who care about children’s education and ensure that children have everything they need to learn and realise their potential. While the aim of this guide is to help inform you about the different costs of education and assist you to manage these, we believe that the personal role you play in supporting children to learn is the most critical.

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State Schools' Relief

State Schools’ Relief is a not for profit organisation that supports the needs of underprivileged Victorian government school students by providing new school uniforms, shoes and educational resources. We work side by side with all Victorian Primary, Secondary, Special Developmental and Language schools to ensure that any students facing hardship have the necessary clothing and appropriate footwear for school.

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EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) Programs

EACH’s Integrated Therapeutic Community (ITC) runs customisable term based programs for participants aged 16-25 years across 19 beds, 10 in Box Hill South and 9 Wantirna South.

These interactive group programs provide a space where young people can engage in supportive environments whilst exploring proactive ways to manage their mental health and develop independent living skills.

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Rainbow Connection - LGBTIQ+ phone support service

Thorne Harbour Health have developed an LGBTIQ+ phone support service during the COVID crisis. It offers peer support, food support and assistance with housing insecurity. 

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Theme: Young People

International Student Emergency Relief Fund

On 29 April 2020, the Victorian Government announced a $45 million fund to support international students in Victoria facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund is being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers.

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Theme: Young People

Supporting Children and Parents during COVID-19

We've collated a list of useful resources to help parents and children during COVID-19. These include tools for parents to help children undersatnd the virus and activities to help them whilst isolated at home. 

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Meeting the cost of education

Developed by the Council of single mothers and their children, this information sheet provides suggestions on assistance available to help parents meet the cost of their children's education. 

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Headspace Psychologist

Headspace Psychologist now available for appointments in Monash!

Free & Confidential support for young people aged 12 – 25.

Available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays at MYS Glen Waverley.

Call 9518 3900 or email to book or for more information.

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New Telstra Top-Up Program - complimentary $30 recharge

Infoxchange and Telstra have partnered to offer the Telstra Top-up program, which provides a complimentary $30 recharge to those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or family violence.

The program is now available to specialist housing providers via Infoxchange’s SHIP, CIMS and SRS case management systems across Australia. Any client of these eligible providers who is impacted by homelessness and/or family violence can access the free recharge, provided they are a Telstra pre-paid mobile phone customer.

This new method of distribution replaces the program previously known as the “Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Recharge Program”. This program involved the distribution of physical recharge cards and formally ended on 30 June 2019.

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Get together - a guide to what's on at Community Houses across the outer east

A brochure listing over 200 activities, programs, groups and events conducted at the 30 community houses across the Outer East of Melbourne. A great way of letting people know about the amazing range of programs that are available to the community, including support activites and food services.

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LGBTQI+ Job Support

Are you 15-25 years old and interested in attending a free lgbtqi+  specific program run by a specialist employment service?

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Theme: Young People

EACH - The Grand Parenting Group

The Grand Parenting Group is a facilitated, open group, held monthly for grandparents. It’s an opportunity for grandparents to get together, connect with other members of the community, and share grand parenting stories and ideas in an open, caring and respectful environment. Time: Monthly, ongoing from March 2019.

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New Energy Rights to Help Customers from 1 Jan 2019

From 1 January 2019 energy customers have new rights that help them to pay their energy bills. To explain what the changes mean the Energy and Water Ombudsman has created some useful resources including a new videofactsheet and webpage.

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Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA)

ECASA provides a free counselling and support service to people who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past. The service is also available to non-offending family and friends. ECASA’s counsellors are trauma specialists with degrees in psychology, social work or counselling.

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FREE sexual health service at Inspiro (Lilydale)

Inspiro are running a free sexual health service in Lilydale.  The community health nurse can see people individually on a range of issues around sexuality including safe sex, contraception, STI information, pregnancy choices and more.

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Jobs for Life

‘Jobs for Life’ exists to bring hope and dignity to the unemployed and assist in the pursuit of finding meaningful work. The course focuses on each person’s unique design and the importance of work while encouraging and motivating students to develop the hard skills required in being a dependable employee. The Jobs for Life course teaches practical skills as well as important life skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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Talking Teens

A Parents Building Solutions Program - Parentzone

Do you want to:

  • Help your teen cope in a chaotic world?
  • Improve your teens skills in problem solving and resolving conflict?
  • Stay connected and communicate better with your teen?
  • Manage your own anxiety and anger?
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Paws for thought

There will be a drop in group starting on Thursdays run by me Billie the Therapy Dog! Paws for Thought aims to engage clients who may not be ready for one-one-one appointments but need a soft introduction to headspace Knox. We all know I am a great tool for engaging young people and I also make them feel calm and happy. It will allow opportunity for young people to socialize with each other and chat informally about what they may be on their minds with some supporting headspace humans.

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Bringing Up Great Kids

Bringing up Great Kids is a Parenting Program using mindfulness and reflection to support parents as they review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children. 

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Sringboard - 16 to 21 year old's

Intensive case management support assisting in the areas of education, training or employment with a flexible approach

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Liwurruks in the Hood - Workshop

Boornawan Willam is running an empowering and exciting 10 week program for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women Aged 15-21 that aims at preventing all forms of violence against women. 

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New Family Violence support group starting soon at the lifecare women’s centre

We are seeking referrals for our new support group commencing in Term 4, on Thursday 11 October.

Target audience* 

  • Single mothers with a history of domestic/family violence (intimate partner)
  • not currently in a crisis (unless sufficiently supported by other services)
  • women who are feeling ready and motivated to commence their healing journey
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Lets Talk About Teenagers - Parentzone

Come along to this session to learn strategies, share stories and take some time out for you!

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Growing Resilient Kids

A Parents Building Solutions Program for parents of children 3 to 13 years - Parentzone - Anglicare 

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CHAMPS MAT Life Skills Program

CHAMPS (Children and Mentally Ill Parents) is a peer support program for children of parents who have a mental illness or mental health issues. 

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The MAT Life Skills program

The MAT Life Skills program is for children aged 8 - 12 years who have a parent with mental health issues, including children who do not live with their parents.

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The Crew - for young people aged 16-25

A group for young people aged 16-25 who may be disengaged from school, community and peers. 

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Wild Wednesdays Journey - Bush adventure Therapy Group

Headspace Knox, in Partnership with EACH Youth and Family and the WILD Program are looking for young people between 15-18 years of age, who have high anxiety/low mood, to participate in an 8-week personal journey, concluding with a 5 day wilderness journey.

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Project Respect

Project Respect is a not-for-profit, non-faith based support service for women with experience of the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation to Australia. 

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Victorian Youth Week - Grant applications open

Young people looking to organise events for the first Victorian Youth Week 2018 can now apply for grants to help kick start their plans, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos has announced.

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EACH Youth and Family Counselling Team

The EACH Youth and family counselling team, in partnership with Headspace Knox, provides free counselling support to children, young people and their families who live, work, study or play in the City of Whitehorse, Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges and surrounding areas.

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STREAT - hospitality based social enterprise

STREAT is a hospitality-based social enterprise that provides supported vocational training and holistic personal support to marginalised and disadvantaged young people in Melbourne. STREAT exists to make a difference to young people who face a range of barriers and disadvantage. We aim to provide a sense of connection, safety and belonging to our young people.

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Wear for Success- Professional Clothing and work skills for the journey back to work

How do you instil confidence and self-belief in someone who's struggling on the journey back to work? Wear for Success provides professional clothing and work skills training to provide people with the best possible chance of achieving their dreams.

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headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

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The Goodlife Farm

Lesley Porter founded The Goodlife Farm to help young people who’ve suffered the kind of abuse and neglect that scarred her own childhood.

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The Line - a behaviour change program for young people

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years and supports parents, caregivers, teachers and other influencers, too.

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Redwood drop in centre

For young people ages 12-18. 
Mondays after school until 5.15. 

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Theme: Young People