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Housing Support Service
 
dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au
 
 
Western Community Connections Program 
 
dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au
 
 
Western Community Integration Program
 
dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au
 
 
Deadly Lions
 
 
Breakthrough Mentoring
 
 
 
 

About Whitelion Victoria

Whitelion has been supporting young people in Victoria since 1999.

To learn more about Whitelion in Victoria contact:

Dianne Garner
State Manager
0400 885 956 
dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au

 

Programs 

Housing Support Service (H3)

As part of the H3 (Health Homelessness and Housing) Alliance, Whitelion provide housing-focused and targeted interventions, connecting young people to housing options by supporting them with service coordination, advocacy, coordination of paperwork and budgeting required for renting, assisting with and exploring avenues of community support as appropriate, short-term/crisis options as required, and establishing strategies to ensure housing is sustainable once attained. This is an outreach-based service, and Whitelion can also work to address other contributing situational and co-existing factors to homelessness or housing instability such as mental ill-health, AOD and unemployment or education disengagement.

Program eligibility

16-24 years of age living, staying or connected in the Wyndham Local Government Area

Contact

dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au

Program supporters

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

 

Community Connections (Better Futures)

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

From 15 years and 9 months, in OOHC on a Care by Secretary, Long-Term Care Order or a Family Reunification Order

Contact

dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au

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

Program supporters

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

 

Community Integration Program

The Community Integration Program connects young people who have a current experience in the Out of Home Care system with volunteer community-based mentors whose role it is to support young people into activities of interest, and to engage in communities of choice. Activities might include sport, dance, art and more. These links create important connection between young people and community to reduce isolation and disconnection by increasing social skills and confidence through supported social participation.

Program eligibility

10-17 years of age who are in OOHC or on a current Child Protection order at time of referral in the Northern and Western metro region

Contact

victoria.romeo@whitelion.asn.au

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

Program supporters

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

 

Deadly Lions

Provides individualised support to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have been in contact with police or the youth justice system, or for those who are at risk of entering the youth justice system. Intensive case management and coordination, brief intervention, assertive outreach, pro-social role modelling and guidance, community engagement, family work and connection to culture. Goal setting ensures that young people build positive and sustainable connections to self and communities of choice, have increased self-agency and decreased isolation. Delivered in partnership with MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sports and Recreation).

Program eligibility

10-24 years of age, identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the Northern and Western metro regions

Contact

Leon.Stizza@whitelion.asn.au

Program Supporters

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

Breakthrough Mentoring

Breakthrough Mentoring assists young people who are experiencing barriers to employment such as homelessness, youth justice or out of home care to gain and maintain meaningful employment. Providing opportunities to increase networks and increase social capital, young people are matched with a local community-based volunteer mentor who supports them across 18 weeks working on goal setting, strengths and values, career guidance, and exploration of local training and employment opportunities. Mentors are provided specific training to ensure they practice trauma-informed support and can engage and deliver on employment pathway focused goals.

Program eligibility

16-24 years of age, who are not currently engaged in education or stable employment (currently available to young people engaged with Wyndham Community Education Centre, however please enquire regarding eligibility)

Contact

Ailsa.Gibson-Sheridan@whitelion.asn.au or malia.seumalu@whitelion.asn.au

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

Program Supporters

Wyndham Community Education Centre