Since 1961, yourtown has been tackling the issues impacting the lives of young people in Australia.
While this year has been like no other, yourtown reached some important milestones within this reporting period.
Chair and CEO’s message
In the past financial year we’ve delivered another record year of growth despite the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
yourtown has provided the resources to address the escalating demand on our services which has been critical to children and young people in these uncertain times.
Our fundamental services have been enhanced through community funding support through higher than average Art Union Draw ticket sales, and additional government funding to allow us to offer greater accessibility to our services.
The impact of the pandemic on operations, earnings, and the outlook to continue to safeguard children and young people has not been compromised.
This report provides an opportunity to share our achievements and aspirations, and by doing so showcase our commitment to achieving our Mission.
The pandemic has been a crisis of mental health and an economic challenge to the community.
yourtown continues to experience an increased demand for the many services we provide and we don’t expect to see a decline any time soon.
In 2019-2020 this included:
Counselling and Support (Virtual Services) via Kids Helpline 24/7 service for Australia’s children and young people, Kids Helpline @ School, Parentline, Circles.
Employment Services that give young people extra life choices and get them jobs through jobactive, Transition to Work, your job your way, Smart Skilled & Hired, Get Set for Work, and VTEC.
Social Enterprises enable paid jobs for young people in areas such as construction, landscaping & asset maintenance to assist transitioning to open employment.
Child & Family Services – Parenting, early childhood development, child mental health, education engagement, residential services for young families and families experiencing domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs program to support prisoners, programs specifically to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Peoples.