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Chatterbox
 
 
 
Youth Employment Program
 
 
 
 
Northern Community Connections Program
 
 
 
Community Integration Program 
 
 
 

About Whitelion Victoria

Whitelion has been supporting young people in Victoria since 1999.

To learn more about Whitelion in Victoria contact:

Miriam Hamel-Green
Central Area Manager 
0408 304 811
 

Programs 

Chatterbox

Chatterbox is a street outreach service that provides thousands of support episodes to young people each year. The Chatterbox bus is present on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD late at night, with a team of professional youth workers and trained volunteers supporting homeless and at risk young people with material aid, counselling and referral to specialist services that operate during business hours. By providing a safe assistance point at night and utilising volunteers who participate because they care about young people, Chatterbox increases access to support for the most hard to reach young people in Melbourne.

  • Chatterbox encompasses a nurse and case management support to provide the following options for young people
  • Brief intervention support for 0-1 months to coordinate professional supports and services for young people
  • Case management support for 3-12 months to provide intensive support, case planning and goal setting
  • Health assessments and education
Program eligibility

Young people aged 12-25 who are disconnected from support in Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas.

Program supporters 
Get involved

Chatterbox is not currently looking to take on any more volunteers at this time.  Please contact chatterbox@whitelion.asn.au .If you would like to make a donation to assist Whitelion to provide material aid for homeless youth, please visit our donation page here

 

Youth Employment Program

Whitelion’s Youth Employment Program offers a holistic employment placement and support service for young people who have barriers to employment and need a helping hand. The young people referred to the program are provided with extensive pre-employment training, mentoring to develop essential employment skills, ongoing placement and post placement support for both the young person and employer.

Program eligibility

Young people between the ages of 15-24 who may be struggling to secure employment, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, youth justice clients, young people in Out-of-Home Care, young people disengaged from training and employment, and young people experiencing disadvantage.

Please note that we are currently only accepting referrals for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients.

Make a referral for support

Contact roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

Are you a young person in the central metropolitan area wants to work?

Contact roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

Whitelion’s Youth Employment Program is a Jobs Victoria initiative of the Victorian government.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for employers in the central metropolitan area. If you are interested in providing a job to help an at-risk young person please contact Contact roxanne.ide@whitelion.asn.au or jennifer.argaet@whitelion.asn.au

 

Northern Community Connections Program

Whitelion Community Connections is a key component of the Better Futures approach, which was rolled out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 1 November 2019. This new approach is focused on improving outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence. Whitelion has been contracted by DHHS to deliver the Community Connections service offer featured in the Better Futures model with the aim to build networks of supportive relationships for young people in their local community. Whitelion is providing a hybrid model which encompasses the following key services:

  • Community engagement and capacity building                                                              
  • Harness community effort through a place-based partnership approach
  • Mentoring 
Program eligibility

Referrals will be accepted for young people between the ages of 15-18 years currently on a Family Reunification, Care by Secretary or Long Term Care Order or 18-21 years having been on either of the above three orders between the ages of 16 to 18.

Contact

Contact miriam.hamel-green@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

The Northern Community Connections Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Get involved

Whitelion is looking for mentors in the northern metropolitan region. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

 

Northern Community Integration Program

The aim of the Community Integration Program (CIP) is to train volunteers to link every child and young person in residential care into local sports clubs, dance classes, art clubs and more. These links create connections between the young people and their community to reduce isolation and disconnection by increasing social skills and confidence.

Program eligibility

Young people aged 10-18 residing in out of home care settings in the northern metropolitan region that are managed by Makillop Family Services.

Further information

Email victoria.romeo@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

The Community Integration Program is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the northern metropolitan region we are lucky to partner with Mackillop Family Services to deliver the program locally.

Get involved

Would you like to volunteer with the Community Integration Program? Email mentoring@whitelion.asn.au