The Wyndham municipality encompasses the suburbs of Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham Vale, Tarneit, Truganina, Point Cook, Laverton and Altona North. The latest Estimated Residential Population (ERP) for 2013/14 was 199,715 people, indicating a 5.6% annual growth rate (source: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14, cat. no. 3218.0). Wyndham has experienced the largest and fastest growth of all local government areas. Its forecasted population is set to exceed 384,000 by 2036 (source: http://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/aboutwyndham/wyndhamcity/demographicsandpopulation/demographics)
With such tremendous growth in the region, our service has seen increasing rates of unemployment, evictions, homelessness, family violence, and difficulties accessing services for young people. Homelessness alone is estimated to have almost quadrupled between 2001 and 2012 in Wyndham (source: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/aboutwyndham/pubmedia/media/2015/march/shelter_from_the_housing_storm)
Our Whitelion Wyndham programs support young people in the community aged 12-25 years and include:
NOSH (Nutrition Outreach Support and Health): The NOSH program visits locations throughout Wyndham providing service access, material aid, advice, support, and referral pathways to young people in the community. The purpose of NOSH is to provide mobile outreach with individualized and targeted strategies to assist young people who may be experiencing social barriers. If you are interested in engaging the NOSH in your school, community group, or event, please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and return for consideration to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Outreach Program: The Wyndham Street Outreach Program provides case management support, immediate and brief interventions, and outreach services to vulnerable young people in the community. The program also engages in proactive and responsive assertive outreach in the community. For more information or program referrals, please contact us on the details outlined below.
WRAP (Wyndham Resilience Adventure Program): The WRAP works with high risk young people through group facilitation and strength-based activities to foster personal development and community connectedness. The program uses adventure therapy techniques to foster participation, learning and skill development. For more information please contact us on the details outlined below.
Wyndham Housing Program: The Wyndham Housing Program provides medium term shared accommodation, a dedicated support worker, transition planning and independent living skills assistance to young people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. The program is the only program of its kind in Wyndham and provides holistic care and support to the communities most vulnerable. For more information, please contact us on the details outlined below.
Outreach Connect Project: The Whitelion Wyndham Outreach Connect Project aims to connect young people from multicultural communities in Wyndham with outreach support through a range of program mediums including workshops, presentations, case management and referral pathways to local services. For more information, please contact us on the details outlined below.
Dad Space: The Dad Space program welcomes dads, dads to be, carers and guardians up to the age of 25 to come together in a supported group on your journey of parenthood. For more information and referrals, please download the flyer.
Volunteer at Whitelion Wyndham
Whitelion Wyndham rely on the support of local volunteers to deliver meaningful programs in our community. Volunteers can be involved in a range of tasks including food procurement, community engagement and outreach, resource organising/stocking, projects/activities and local events. Intake for this program includes an interview, reference checks, full day training alongside a mandatory crimcheck, WWCC and other essential documentation.
Applications are currently closed and will reopen at a later date.
Any enquiries regarding volunteer opportunities in Wyndham should be directed to Sarah Ramirez- Team Leader for Wyndham (email@example.com)
Business Engagement: Think big, Give Local
Whitelion Wyndham is keen to strengthen our community connectedness by working alongside local businesses to ensure the best outcomes possible for young people. There are many ways your local business can get involved.
To find out more, please download our Think Big, Give Local booklet or contact us on the details below.
Support the Wyndham Homelessness Project
The Wyndham Youth Homelessness Project is a community based campaign raising much needed awareness and funds to assist in the support of young people experiencing homelessness and unstable housing in the Wyndham region. Funds raised will be utilised through the Whitelion Wyndham Housing Program and Street Outreach Program to provide short term accommodation, outreach and case management support, material aid assistance, training, education and employment pathways and transition planning for young people in the community. To get involved click here (link to- http://www.whitelion.asn.au/wyndham-homelessness-project)
For referrals or more information, please contact us:
Landline: 8734-1355 (Ask for Whitelion)
Mobile: 0414-322-178 (Program Manager)
Address: Youth Resource Centre- 86 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing, VIC, 3030.
Postal Address: 155 Roden street, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003
Hours of operation: Our Wyndham team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm.