Support Programs

Youth Support Program

Youth Support Program is a school-based initiative aimed at assisting young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to remain connected to school, family and support networks. Servicing the Sunshine Coast secondary school cluster of Mountain Creek and Maroochydore, the program aims to link schools and community services together to improve the early identification of homelessness risk within schools and to co-ordinate developmental processes and programs within each school community.

Emergency Relief Program

The Integrated Family and Youth Service provides emergency relief to all ages through special funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services. These funds are either distributed through partnership organisations located in the North Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and hinterland regions or through the IFYS office at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre: 2 Fifth Avenue, Cotton Tree. 

Youth Engagement & Linkage Service

The Youth Engagement Program is a collaborative initiative that provides outreach to young people from 12 - 18 years engaging in high risk behaviours including survival sex, drug and alcohol use and offending. The team delivers services between Caloundra to Noosa areas of the Sunshine Coast where particular public space issues have impacted upon young people and communities. The program assists young people to make connections with support services and provides responsive interventions to young people who lack links to supportive networks and services. 

Reconnect Program

Reconnect is a Youth Homelessness Early Intervention Program, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), that offers a range of support services to meet the individual needs of young people and families where relationship difficulties and other pressures threaten family disintegration.

The central focus of Reconnect is to assist young people and families to remain connected to each other and to the community, before issues such as early school leaving and homelessness occur. Reconnect recognises that individual young people and families may have impacting multiple needs requiring early intervention strategies.

The program is working actively with local services and people to develop a regional strategy in regards to issues surrounding youth homelessness. 

Young Parents Support Program

Individual Support- Individual support happens in a flexible way that is about meeting the needs of young pregnant and parenting families up to 25years of age. This can include outreach support, such as meeting at a family home, a park or a cafe. YPSP workers can help transport parents and their children to appointments. Support is also available by phone, text and email, as well as at the groups. The case management provided often includes emotional and practical support such as budgeting and development of family skills, as well as provision of information and assisting to link families to a range of services. At YPSP we help families to identify their own strengths and goals and support them to work towards achieving their goals.

Playgroups - Young Parents Support Program Playgroups (YPSP) are groups that welcome all parents that are 25 years old and under. Coming to YPSP playgroups gives parents a chance to socialise with other parents and their children, access information and support, relax, enjoy a shared lunch provided for them and their children, to get out of the house and to enjoy fun activities. The YPSP Playgroups run every week except for school holidays.

There is transport available and the cost of all services is free.

Coolum Young Parents Support Playgroup

Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm at Coolum Community Centre, Jack Morgan Park St, Coolum Beach.

Beerwah Young Parents Support Playgroup

Tuesdays 11:00am-1:00pm at Beerwah and District Youth and Community Centre, 32 Sports Ground Drive, Beerwah.

Maroochydore Young Parents Support Playgroup

Thursdays 10am-12pm at 10 Allambie Street, Maroochydore.

Caloundra Young Parents Support Playgroup

Wednesday 10am-11:30am at Caloundra Community Centre, 58A Queens street, Caloundra.

Next Step After Care Service

Next Step After Care Service has been funded by the Queensland Government in order to assist young people leaving care to reach their full potential and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.  The target group for After Care support is young people up to the age of 21 who left care after their 15th birthday and require support of some kind to reach their goals.  Next Step is a state wide service and IFYS is the provider for the North Coast Region (Strathpine to Gympie).  

Next Step services can help young people who have left care with quick access to practical advice and support with things like:

  • Managing money and entitlements
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Training, gaining and maintaining employment and preparing a resume
  • Keeping safe, strong and healthy
  • Relationships, including friends and family
  • Legal advice

For more information about Next Step and eligibility, Please visit www.nextstepaftercare.com.au or email us at nextstep@ifys.com.au
Next Step also has a 24 hour support line which you can access by calling 1800NEXTSTEP