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.
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College (DMSC) was established in 1923 and is unique in the sense that it is the only Memorial School in Victoria. DMSC is a small rural secondary college situated in the Wimmera Region 36 km from Horsham, and drawing around 200 students from an area which extends 35 kilometres. It is a traditional secondary college in its curriculum design but prides itself on its broad senior offerings including VET/VCAL and VCE pathways. It has an elective system at Years 8 and 9, and allows Year 10 students to accelerate into some senior programs. Our German program is very strong and includes an opportunity for involvement in exchange programs. Our Music Program also adds an important dimension as does our ICT programs that are at the cutting edge of educational provision. There is also an excellent sporting program with excellent facilities, and Science and Language Centre, and a school theatrical production each year.
We currently have 26 teaching staff. The staff are highly professional, caring, continuous learners, supportive and loyal. Their work is greatly enhanced by the non teaching staff who fill a range of important positions within the school.
Everything we do at DMSC is designed to deliver ever improving learning experiences and outcomes that will enable ALL students to leave DMSC with the skills, knowledge, behaviours and values that drive quality life experiences. The “value adding” of the college has been shown in the “2013 School Performance Against Threshold Standards” document, and in the 2014 NAPLAN results. Having an environment of respectful and co-operative behaviours underpinning our educational programs is central to achieving our goal.
We have a very strong relationship with our parents and general community, particularly the RSL given our school’s memorial status. We also have a very committed School Council which supports, encourages and directs our school in a positive manner.
The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) is a free and confidential dispute resolution service. We provide telephone advice and assistance as well as mediation.
DSCV can help you resolve disputes about:
- fences, trees, animals, noise and drainage
- difficult or anti-social behaviour
- workplace issues
- committees, clubs or Incorporated Associations
- matters referred to mediation by a Magistrate
DSCV does not deal with disputes under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) or involving family violence.
Training & Education
The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) offers a variety of training and education opportunities, from formal mediation training through to half-day workshops and seminars. Although most of our mediation courses are offered in Melbourne, some of our short courses can be run throughout Victoria.
DSCV is a program area of the Department of Justice & Regulation Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that provides formal training in mediation. Our mediation courses fulfill the requirements of the Certificate IV in Mediation.
DSCV is also a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body and has the authority to accredit trained and experienced mediators under the National Mediator Accreditation System.
As well as mediation training, DSCV offers a range of informal conflict resolution training sessions and workshops. These can be tailored to the needs of schools, local councils, community groups and other organisations. For more information, contact the DSCV Training Officer at our Melbourne office.
DVRCV is a statewide resource centre supporting workers and families to help stop family violence.
Youth Group for high school aged students
Empire Youth is the high school ministry of Harvest Christian Church Horsham, which provides safe and fully supervised youth events and programs for students, as well as pastoral care. Runs weekly on Friday nights.
Family Drug Help is a program that provides practical help, information and support to families and friends impacted by someone’s drug and alcohol use.
We provide professional and peer-based services across Victoria. We know what it’s like because we’ve been there.
FedUni offers access to higher education, TAFE, secondary schooling and research opportunities. With campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland and the Wimmera, the University’s programs are also delivered online and via a range of partner institutes across Australia and around the globe.
From our Wimmera Campus we deliver education and training throughout the Wimmera and surrounding regions. Wimmera Campus delivers bachelor courses in education, nursing and business as well as masters programs in business.
Our modern facilities include spacious learning resource centre, 100 seat auditorium and video conferencing facilities.
Specialised training facilities are provided for childcare, a fully functional hairdressing salon, industry standard plumbing, automotive, building and construction workshops compliment the courses delivered.
The campus also houses art and design, nursing and computer training rooms. Training is conducted in business, further education, automotive, electro-technology, hospitality, community services, allied health and nursing and hairdressing.
Confidential, professional, free advice and support is available 24/7 through the Gambler’s Help telephone line and Gambler’s Help Youthline.
The Community Educator for the region is Tony Goodfellow
Please contact Tony for more info regarding the Education Program for your school (year 10,11,12 and VCAL)
Gateway BEET (Business Education Employment Training) in Hopetoun is committed to a pro-active approach to the identification of community needs. Our services support education for sustainable employment and personal growth and development.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative is a community controlled Aboriginal organisation delivering health and community services to the local Koorie community in the Wimmera and Western Grampians regions of Victoria.
Grampians Community Health delivers a broad range of primary health care & community services for individuals and families in the Grampians region. Their aim is to promote healthy living in the Grampians whilst improving the standard of living.
Their range of services for youth in our community is aimed at educating, prevention and providing support for those most in need.
The programs provided by Grampians Community Health are extensive and fall under the service areas of: Drug & Alcohol Services – Family Violence Services – Gambler’s Help – Counselling Services – Youth Services – Homelessness – Chronic Disease Programs – Mental Health – NDIS. The agency has a centralised intake system, preferably accessed through Connecting Care E-Referrals. Interpreting Services available on request by phone.
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.
Information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals can be accessed through this website, headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace, the Digital Work and Study Service and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support.
The Hindmarsh Shire Youth and early Years Worker facilitates a range of programs and events to support young people in the Hindmarsh Shire.
Hopetoun P-12 College is a new school formed by the merger of Hopetoun Primary School and Hopetoun Secondary College. It is situated in the well-serviced Southern Mallee township of Hopetoun. The College has a current enrolment of 100 Foundation to Year 12 students , 31 Primary and 69 secondary. Students are drawn from Hopetoun and the surrounding communities of Beulah, Patchewollock, Lascelles and Woomelang. All students are now co-located on the Dodgshun St campus. The predominant industry is dry land agriculture and associated services.
Hopetoun Primary School and Hopetoun Secondary College have proud traditions of providing opportunities to meet the academic, technical, sporting, physical, social and cultural needs of their students and the merged College builds on those traditions. It will provide an environment that values achievement, participation and performance, valuing the personal qualities of respect, excellence, teamwork and resilience. The Parent’s Club and School Council are actively involved in and support these values and school programs.
The College provides curriculum access to all Domains of the Victorian Curriculum. A strong focus is placed on developing competency in literacy and numeracy to provide students with both the skills and confidence to become active participants in their learning. Curriculum access and student learning continue to be supported by a well developed welfare program, including a chaplain. The College’s size allows for small classes and the ability to meet individual student needs. Both sites are well resourced by teaching and education support staff. Senior Secondary students have enhanced access to subjects through the school’s active involvement in the Wimmera Virtual School, the Southern Mallee Cluster and VET and VCAL provision. There are excellent ICT resources, supported by our own technician and multiple Video Conferencing systems to open up more opportunities to our students. Sporting and outdoor activities are an integral part of the College’s daily life; the school has a modern gymnasium, excellent sports grounds, sail-boats and canoes for student use.
We are heavily involved in implementing the School Wide Positive Behaviour Program based around our core values of respect, responsibility and teamwork.
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
For 26 years Australia’s kids and young people have been turning to our professional, specialised counsellors, no matter who they are, where they live or what they want to talk about.
Over this time, we have responded to over 7.5 million contacts. For some young people, connecting with Kids Helpline has been a life-saving experience, while for others it’s about practical help and emotional support at the critical moment they need someone to listen.
The L2P program provides younger people aged between 16 and 21 with the opportunity to undertake supervised driving practice. The program is designed to provide driving experience for people who may not otherwise have the ability to undertake the required 120 hours to gain their probationary licence. The L2P program matches mentor drivers with younger people so they can develop their driving skills and confidence. The program provides immense personal satisfaction. It enables a younger person to gain their probationary licence and with it, the mobility required to access educational, employment and recreational opportunities.
The L2P Program in the Wimmera is coordinated by Volunteering Western Victoria.