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.
Simpsons is the recruitment team with agencies in Ballarat, Stawell and Horsham handling all things related to labour hire and finding people jobs.
Skillinvest is a leading provider in employment, education and training services throughout Victoria. Skillinvest also incorporates Longerenong College.
St Brigid’s College promotes a learning environment in which students are inspired and challenged to reach their greatest potential within a Catholic context. All students are valued and encouraged to strive to become independent learners with the capabilities to apply knowledge and skills as they are challenged to make a positive contribution to global society in the twenty first century.
Our children belong to a rapidly changing culture which presents both challenges and opportunities. The Melbourne Declaration (2008) for Education identified two core aims that align strongly with the St Brigid’s vision for education, being that:
- Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence, and
- All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.
The St Brigid’s College curriculum encourages students to develop their knowledge of themselves, the community in which they live, the world at large, and a deeper understanding of the global humanity of which they are part.
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.
Uniting Wimmera is funded to provide services to the Wimmera region of Western Victoria. This includes residents of: Horsham Rural City, Ararat Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, West Wimmera Shire, Yarriambiack Shire and Northern Grampians Shire.
- Family support
- Disability support
- Mental Health
- Out-of-Home Care
- Emergency Relief
- Alcohol and Other Drugs
Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Units (SOCA) are staffed by experienced and qualified police members specially trained to assist with responding to and investigating adult sexual assault and child abuse.
There are 31 SOC IT Units in Victoria, which vary in size depending on their location and work requirements. Members perform work in either plain clothes or police uniform depending on the type of job they are attending.
The principal role of the SOC IT Units is to provide an initial response to victims of sexual assault and physical assault on children by:
- Attending to the welfare of the victim
- Obtaining a statement from a victim/witness for evidentiary purposes
- Completing and submitting the relevant reports
- Interviewing offenders for all reported sexual assault on all ages groups and the investigation of reported physical assaults involving children
- working closely in partnership with other community groups and service providers developing initial prevention and reduction strategies.
Victoria Police is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of young people throughout the state. Young people generally feel overwhelmed by the pressures placed on them by different groups within society. Friends and family particularly, have expectations that often conflict.
Every day, police see the impact that this has on young people. It is a responsibility of police to take positive steps to address some of the problems Victoria’s youth face in society.
Specifically, the youth programs developed by Victoria Police encourage them to engage in positive social interaction. The activities are safe, as well as drug and alcohol-free.
Victoria Police Student Resource Page
The student resource page provides links to information on news and campaigns, crime statistics, school visits, work experience and placements and more.
Information and resources for victims of crime
The Victims Support Agency (VSA) within the Department of Justice represents victims of crime and coordinates services for victims.
Information and resources for victims of crime can be found at http://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/
The Victims of Crime Helpline (1800 819 817) is staffed by specially trained Victim Support Officers. The helpline operates between 8am and 11pm seven days a week.
The VAEAI provides an advocate role for the Victorian Koorie community and provides representation in relation to all education and training policy, strategy and program development at the local, state and national levels. It promotes the provision of education and training which is culturally relevant, reinforces cultural identity and provides supportive learning environments for Koorie people. VAEAI also supports the provision of education to the wider community which increases awareness of Koorie culture, communities and aspirations.
The role of VAEAI is:
- To provide advice on all education and training matters that affect Koorie students
- To monitor the current trends in education that impact on all Koorie students
- To provide an advocate role for Koorie students and their families in respect of education matters
- To provide representation to committees and forums on education and training at the local and regional levels
- To provide representation to all VAEAI forums.
Vocational Education and Training in Schools are programs undertaken by school students as part of the senior secondary certificate that provide credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework. The training that students receive reflects specific industry competency standards and is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation or a school in partnership with a Registered Training Organisation. A key success of VET in Schools is the integration of vocational options within the traditionally academic studies at the senior secondary school level. VET in Schools programs allow Year 11 and 12 students to:
develop industry specific skills
gain nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training qualifications and units of competency while still completing their senior secondary school qualification
develop employability skills and an understanding of the world of work
gain an understanding of the world of work which is valuable experience to assist with planning and pursuing their career pathways.
All secondary schools in the Wimera Southern Mallee run VETiS programs. Each secondary school has a VET coordinator.
WDEA Works has been providing individualised employment services in Western Victoria from 1989. Since then, WDEA Works has grown to become one of the largest community and employment service providers in the region, employing over 250 people across 15 different sites in a range of community-based services and programs. These programs include:
- Disability Employment Services – for employment of people with disability in open employment
- Employer Recruitment Services
- Australian Disability Enterprises
- Day Services
- Artlink Studio
- WDEA Works Foundation
As a not-for-profit, community based organisation, WDEA Work’s aim has always been to provide a quality service to individuals in our community who will benefit the most from our assistance. By successfully helping our clients we are able to direct many of the benefits we receive back into the community through community grants and community funding programs and additional services.
WDEA Works partners other key community stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for its clients. WDEA Works with:
- Local employers and businesses
- Industry groups
- Community support services
- Allied health professionals
- Schools and Education institutions
- The Department of Employment (DE)
- The Department of Human Services (DHS)
- The Department of Social Services (DSS)
- Government and council
West Wimmera Health Service delivers Primary and Community Health to each of the following sites:
Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) replaced the Grampians, Barwon and Great South Coast Medicare Locals. This not for profit organisation is responsible for delivering on the following two objectives set by the Federal Government:
• Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.
• Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
The PHN will be responsible for delivering primary mental health clinical services and a range of clinical and support services through its headspace Geelong and headspace Ballarat programs.
The Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly Inc. is a volunteer based organisation established to support the growth, development and promotion of sport and recreation at the grass roots level.
The Assembly provides a vital link between local clubs and state and national bodies. It has formed a solid partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria and other strategic partners (including VicHealth, Local Government, and health agencies) to provide a quality service for Wimmera sports clubs and associations which encompasses the needs and priorities of the region.