Ballarat Youth Power

Ballarat’s young people will now have access to a new and exciting service to assist them to overcome some of the issues which prevent them from achieving their goals and engaging positively in the community.

Centacare, in collaboration with headspace Ballarat, will be offering the new ‘Ballarat Youth Power’ service commencing in May 2017.

Working with vulnerable young people, the program will assist them improve their health and wellbeing, build positive connections to family and the community, to develop career pathways, and  achieve real connection to education, training and employment.

Centacare’s ‘Ballarat Youth Power’ Youth Worker will be located at Headspace, in Camp, St Ballarat. The worker will coordinate services with headspace workers, doctors and health professionals, with other youth services, schools and training organisations to ensure a holistic and integrated service for young people. The program will support over 90 young people in the community each year.

Centacare’s General Manager of Employment Services, Trish Nolan, said that program was developed based on consultations with young people about what they really wanted. “Young people said that they wanted a service that was ‘in a chilled place’, with a worker to whom they could relate, and who would listen to them and show them ‘respect”, she said.

“This is a new approach to tackling some of the bigger issues that young people face in our community. Each participant will have his or her own approach to best meeting their individual needs and achieving their goals.   We will work with each young person to assist them to achieve those goals and set real pathways for their futures”

This program is funded under the State Governments Empower Youth initiative, a program of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Youth.

For further information please contact Trish Nolan at Centacare on 53 378999.