The organisations listed below provide services for youth in the Wimmera Southern Mallee Region. Filter by category using the menu or type in key words to search.
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AXIS Employment is a community based not for profit organisation contracted by the Australian Government to deliver Disability Employment Services throughout Western Victoria and South East South Australia
Since 1992, AXIS Employment has successfully assisted jobseekers with disability, illness or injury into suitable employment. We have an understanding of local labour markets and maintain excellent employer relationships. We offer employer incentives and provide comprehensive post placement support resulting in the best possible employment outcome for both jobseeker and employer.
AXIS Employment is ranked in the top 15% of Disability Employment Providers Australia wide. We are committed to supporting the regional communities in which we operate. Our mission is to inspire and empower people through employment, in turn fostering value and social inclusion.
BGT have a range of employment solutions. Delivering Apprenticeships, traineeships and recruitment. BGT is a registered training organisation, enabling individuals and business to up-skill and reach their goals.
Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (Barwon CASA) is a specialist sexual assault and family violence service. We have office locations in Geelong and Horsham and provide services across the Barwon and Wimmera regions.
Our services include free and confidential, specialist counselling to adults, young people and children who have experienced sexual assault and/or family violence either recently or in the past and to their non-offending parents, partners, family and friends. We provide a 24-hour crisis care response to victims of recent sexual assault, including crisis counselling, support and advocacy to medical care and justice services.
Barwon CASA also provides a family focused, prevention and early intervention therapeutic service to children and young people under the age of 15 who have engaged in problematic or abusive sexualised behaviours (SABTS).
We provide specialised advocacy, secondary consultation, community education and professional training across the sector and deliver a sexual assault prevention program in secondary schools that aims to address violence supportive attitudes and prevent violence before it occurs.
Bendigo Bank is a commercial banking group providing banking services specifically suited to rural communities and not-for-profit organisations.
The charitable arm of Bendigo Bank has created a pool of money to help build stronger communities through funding programs for families, youth, health, education, the environment, the arts and lots more.
Each year, under their Scholarships Program, they award grants to outstanding, but disadvantaged students, usually from a rural area, that have been offered a full-time place at an Australian university or college campus for the first time.
Western Region Programs and Services:
Education, Employment & Training
- Family Violence
- Lead Tenant
- Crisis Accommodation
- Youth Housing
- Single Women’s Housing
- Reconnect & Finding Solutions
- Intensive Case Management
- Residential Care Case Management
- Adolescent Support Services
- L2P Learner Driver Program
- Positive Memory Bank
The Young Carers program supports children and young people up to 25 years of age who provide unpaid care for a family member who has a disability, mental illness or chronic illness, or who is frail aged.
The Christian Emergency Food Centre is able to provide:
Emergency food parcels are available for individuals and families in need. These can be accessed either directly from the Centre or by request from a social worker.
Food parcels can be sent by truck to most towns in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee.
Thanks to the provision of funds from the Federal Government we can, at times, also provide financial help to help purchase medical prescriptions, fuel for an emergency situation or to pay outstanding bills. By necessity funds are capped.
Referrals can be made to any outside agency depending on need. eg. to the Salvation Army for physical needs or Wimmera UnitingCare for accommodation or financial counselling.
A listening ear
Each client has the opportunity to tell their story to one of our caring interviewers.
ConnectEd Re-engagement Program
Purpose: Students that attend Connect Ed are teenagers aged between twelve and twenty-one, who have disengaged from mainstream education. These students present with social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive, academic and/or attendance issues. There is a focus of developing the students whole-self, including their academic and social development to ensure their readiness for positive post-school pathways (further education and work).
Curriculum: Each student works with their teachers to complete an Individual Education Plan which assists the students to set goals relating to their learning and achievement. The IEP also assists teachers to identify and plan individualised classes that suits the students’ needs and future aspirations. For all students the curriculum includes art, literacy, numeracy, cooking, recreational activities and self-development sessions.
Students are also encouraged to gain meaningful qualifications including their Foundation VCAL and VET subjects. Students also develop a Career Action Plan and are encouraged to undertake work experience and casual work to develop their employability skills.
How it works: Class sizes are small with some students provided access to one on one lessons which target individual needs of students. The staff are skilled in developing students social and resilience skills, and work to provide and promote strong relationships. Student academic classes are generally run in the morning, with extra-curricular activities in the afternoon to promote social growth and community connectedness. An integral part of the program is connecting to as many parts of the community as possible and provide the opportunity for students to develop positive relationships and have access to inspiring role models.
Connectingcare is both an electronic directory and a means of electronnic referral. It features:
- a directory of over 6,000 health an community services across Victoria
- an integrated system for messaging and electronic referral to over 100 health care agencies acaross Victoria.
Connectingcare enables local services to be identified using a search function. Services can be searched by Department or Health region, Local Governmnet area or Primary Care Partnership catchment. Users can browse by service type, keword or provider.
Secure e-referrals can be made to a registered agency by accessing the Connecting Care Website and following a simple process that mirrors the workflow of referrals familiar to most health staff.
Cooinda Disability Service is administered by West Wimmera Health Service and supports people with a physical, intelectual or mental health disability.
We work towards achieving individual positive outcomes for all clients, encouraging their personal development, promoting participation in community activities and by providing supported employment opportunities in diverse private enterprise situations.
Programs and activities are designed specifically around the interests and wishes of each individual client, so as to enable the achievement of their personal goals.
Our programs receive funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments supplemented by West Wimmera Health Service and the commmitment of volunteers.
Delkaia Aboriginal Best Start aims to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Horsham and District community (extending to Dimboola, Stawell and Halls Gap) with the purpose to give their children the ‘best start’ in life.
Best Start is a Victorian government early years initiative. It supports families, caregivers and communities to provide the best possible environment, experiences and care for young children in the important years from pregnancy to school (0-8 years).
The Department of Education and Training offers learning and development support, services and resources for all Victorians, from birth through to adulthood.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the Victorian Government agency which delivers a wide range of government services. Click on the links below for further informtion