Balga Detached Youth Work Project is a non-profit, community based organisation providing support and services to high-risk and disadvantaged young people.  BDYWP's Mission is to support young people on their journey towards self-fulfilment and staff provide information, support, advocacy and referral services to make positive changes in the lives of local young people.

Balga Detached Youth Work Project (BDYWP) is a fantastic youth service supporting ‘at risk’ young people to improve their future life opportunities via a diverse range of programs.  The majority of young people who access BDYWP are ATSI young people who have vulnerabilities, experience social exclusion, poor educational attainment and family dysfunction. 

On July 1st 2015 Whitelion and BDYWP merged to become one entity. This merger enables BDYWP to continue their meaningful work whilst broadening their ability to transition young people to more sustainable futures.  For example, BDYWP are particularly good at grass roots youth support and case management, Whitelion are excellent at mentoring support, employment and strategic development.  As one entity, young people will be able to transition from disengagement to pre-employment, work readiness and employment, whilst gaining critical assistance in stabilising housing, alcohol and other drugs, mental health support and skills that will increase self-worth.


Balga was established in 1978 to provide support services and resources to young people with complex and compounding welfare and social problems, dysfunctional personal and family issues, are young people in crisis. These young people often drift between services or “fall through the gaps” finding their complex and ever-changing needs unmet.


Mobile Youth & Family Education Support Service

The Mobile Youth & Family Education Support Service (MYFESS) is the foundation program of BDYWP.  The service provides information, referral, advocacy and support to at-risk young people via an outreach engagement and case management model of service delivery.

In addition to individualised case planning, the MYFESS seek to conduct small group activities that promote engagement, up skilling and retention of participants.  These activities focus upon informal education, life skills development, and sport and recreation.

Solid Youth

The “Solid Youth: Building Better Futures Project” is a social change initiative that improves the lives of disadvantaged ATSI young people and their families. The project provides tailored measures that develop capacity, and provide holistic supports for young people and their families to lay the foundations for personal and ongoing generational improvement. The project will achieve outcomes through individualised case planning that improve life aspirations, educational attainment and increased employability.

Funding Bodies to acknowledge

  • Department of Child Protection and Family Support, Western Australia
  • Lotterywest
  • Department of Sport & Recreation, Western Australia
  • Western Australia Police
  • Lions Club of Girrawheen
  • Lions Club of Duncraig
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of the Attorney General Western Australia


72 Finchley Crescent
Balga,  WA
Phone: (08) 9342 9669