Barwon Child, Youth & Family was launched as a new entity on 1 July 2015 as a result of a merger between Glastonbury Community Services, Barwon Youth and Time for Youth. The history of the three merged agencies is outlined below.
Glaston Community Services:
Glastonbury Community Services has its origins in the 1850s. The founders of Geelong commenced and supported an orphanage from 1854. The first Mayor, William Baylie and the patron, James Austin, guided the development of the orphanage at its first site.
In 1925 the orphanage moved to Belmont and during the late 1970s the Committee of Management facilitated the transition to group homes (from Children's Home) and home based family services.
In 1996 Glastonbury Community Services moved to Malop Street Geelong.
Barwon Youth commenced in 1981 and developed into an organisation that was funded from a range of government sources by state and commonwealth, philanthropic grants and donations.
Barwon Youth provided a broad spectrum of programs and services to young people in the Barwon South Western Region of Victoria.
In providing these services Barwon Youth demonstrated its ability to act collaboratively with many agencies and government departments, establishing long standing and unique partnerships. The history of Barwon Youth demonstrates high quality, reliable and innovative services.
Time For Youth:
Time for Youth began operating in the Barwon Region in 1987 and has been a leading provider of services for vulnerable young people aged 10 to 25 and their families. Time for Youth services included youth and family programs, crisis and transitional accommodation, housing support, information, referral to the wider service network, as well as a range of other initiatives to assist young people to develop their sense of belonging, self - worth and connection to family, school and the community. Time for Youth collaborated with the youth, family and community sector across the Barwon region.
What We Do
Early Years works with children 0 – 8 years. The Early Years program is child centred, strengths based, and offers family focused services. Barwon Child, Youth & Family are a Kindergarten Cluster Management provider within the Barwon area.
Early Years staff provide:
- Outreach support in the home, or in group settings
- Support for families to work towards their child's individual goals
- Parenting and child development information
- Links to other services and groups in the community that can support the family
- Quality early childhood educational programs: 3 & 4 year old kindergarten and early learning program
Education and care services (Kindergarten & Long Day Care)
Barwon Child, Youth & Family provides management support to services in the delivery of high quality education and care programs via 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs and via an Early Learning Centre for children aged from 0-6 years in Geelong and the Colac-Otway Shire.
Family & Community Services:
Family & Community Services assists individuals and families during hard times to create positive solutions and improve their well being
Out Of Home Care:
The Out of Home Care Program provides care for children and young people within a home environment when they cannot live at home with their parents or extended family due to issues of risk or safety.
Agency Wide Services:
A number of service development projects run across the organisation with the aim of establishing Barwon Child, Youth & Family as the Region's premier community service organisation and ensuring the organisation is best placed to provide the highest quality of care and protection to vulnerable children, young people and families with a strong focus on ensuring the agency meets all the requirements of being a child safe organisation.
Specialist Intervention Services:
The Specialist Intervention Services deliver a diverse array of programs that work with individuals, children and young people. The services are targeted towards working with a particular group or identified issue and offer a suite of therapeutic and targeted interventions. All programs focus on working with the individual or family in achieving the best outcomes for their health and wellbeing
Aims to provide you with opportunities to be seen, listened to and heard. A platform that provides you with a voice and an opportunity to be empowered. Youth Services also aims to minimise youth homelessness by providing innovative youth and family friendly responses to young people who are experiencing difficulties living at home.
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