Adelaide Chatterbox Street Outreach Program
What is the Chatterbox Program?
The Chatterbox Street Outreach Program is an after-hours assertive outreach program that works with young people aged 12-25, who are street frequenting, homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or engaging in risk taking behaviour.
The service has been operational in Adelaide since July 2017 and is proudly supported by the Colonial Foundation.
The service has been operational in Adelaide since July 2017 and is proudly supported by the Colonial Foundation.The Chatterbox provides a variety of services to street frequenting young people, from intensive and ongoing support by way of case management, or through other brief interventions the program is able to assess the needs of young people, and link them to the services they require as well as providing basic material aid in food, clothing and health supplies.
Why are outreach services important?
Many of the young people are attracted particular areas in Adelaide to connect with other young people and a means to escape their problems. Problems include family breakdown, unemployment, drug and alcohol use and abuse. Young people may be involved in commercial sex work, struggling with drug issues, sleeping rough and/or in constant need of food or material aid.
Through this service, Whitelion are able to connect with young people on the street where the need is greatest. The Chatterbox Street Outreach Program is a vital link between Whitelion and young people who frequent the streets after hours.
The program is able to engage with young people at night and then our qualified and experienced outreach workers are able to provide timely and appropriate follow up during business hours.
The Chatterbox volunteer program
The Chatterbox Street Outreach Program relies on the support of volunteers to ensure it runs effectively and meaningfully in the community. Volunteers are involved in a range of tasks including community engagement and outreach, advocacy and information support and material aid distribution. Intake for this program includes an interview, reference checks, full day training alongside a mandatory DCSI clearance and other essential documentation.
Vacancies, position descriptions and application forms are accessible from http://www.whitelion.asn.au/volunteer
*Please note that volunteer intake for this program occurs at intervals throughout the year
Donations and Support
There are many ways businesses, individuals or community groups can support the Chatterbox Street Outreach Program including donations, in-kind support, volunteering and fundraising. To enquire about getting involved with the Chatterbox program today, please contact us on the details outlined below.
For referrals or more information, please contact us:
Phone: 08 8262 8488 / 0422 155 862
Address: 498b Churchill Rd, Kilburn SA 5084
Office Hours of Operation: The Whitelion office (08 8262 8488) is open from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday)