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Phoenix Youth Support Service

Phoenix Youth Support Service

About us

Phoenix Youth Support Service is a youth service for young people aged 12 to 18 and their families. 

Our qualified team of youth workers provide support, advocacy, advice and referral, as well as fun, helpful activities, programs, and opportunities to help empower young people to reach their potential and live fulfilling lives. 

If you are or a young person you know is under 12 or over 18, you can still contact us and we'll try help where we can. 

 

What we do

Individual, one to one support

We provide individualised, strengths-based, person-centered case management / mentoring, assisting young people aged 12 to 18 with issues such as accommodation, school and education, employment, relationships, health, self-esteem, legal support, Centrelink, advocacy, and emotional management (including anger management).

Groups and events

We run groups, activities, and events that help young people learn new things, develop helpful life skills, meet new people, express their creativity, and send a positive message to the community about young people. 

Our afternoon groups at the Gravity Youth Centre run Thursday during the school term from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

We also facilitate activities during school holidays (if an event needs a permission slip, you can download our permission ships from our downloads page) and and provide services and offer support to school students at schools. 

Our events and groups are announced on:

  • the website events page
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • our text message and email mailing list. We send out between 1 to 5 updates each term. Call us, or message us on social media or email if you want to subscribe

Subscribing to one of those will get you updates about everything we do, though some projects have separate social media pages for more specific information: 

Facebook

Instagram:

 

Facebook and Instagram

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram, which we use to:

  • share updates about what's happening at our service 
  • let you know about events, programs, and resources that young people might be interested

So far we've published a series of resources for young people via our Facebook page. We hope to cover topics such as:

  • budgeting and money management
  • helpful apps and websites
  • cybersafety
  • leadership opportunities
  • and more 

 

Cost

All our services and programs are free of charge, though some special events may have a small fee associated with them.  

 

Opening hours

We're sometimes out facilitating groups or events, so it's best to give us a call or email (details below) and schedule an appointment.

Alternatively, drop by on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday between 2:30pm and 4:30pm 

Monday 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
Tuesday 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
Wednesday

9am - 5pm (by appointment)

Thursday

9am - 2pm (by appointment)

2pm to 4:30pm (drop in any time)

Friday

9am - 5pm (by appointment)

Saturday Closed.
Sunday Closed
Public holidays Closed

If we're not available to run a scheduled program or event, we'll usually try to announce it on our Facebook page and the news section of this website. 

 

Where to find us

Phoenix is located within Gravity Youth Centre at Lake Haven (between Metro Cinemas and Lake Haven Library) along with several other youth organisations.

Once you walk into Gravity, you can find the door to our office on the right (there's a sign with "Phoenix Youth Services"). If you aren't sure, just ask whoever is at the reception desk for directions. 

 

 

Address: 

Gravity Youth Centre, 

Off Bannister Drive

Lake Haven, NSW 2263

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(our postal address is below)

Here's a map (uses Google Maps). 

 

 

Gravity Youth Centre

(click for full size image)

 

How to contact us

You can contact us via: 

Phone:  (02) 43 939 555
Email:  youthsupport@wnci.com.au
Social media
Postal mail: P.0. Box 411, Wyong 2259

If your issue is urgent and we're not available, below are some helpful numbers: 

Need some help, or someone to talk to?

Kids Help Line for teens 

1800 55 1800

Or use their web chat

 headspace

1800 650 890

Or use their web chat

ParentLine - support for parents

1300 1300 52

Feeling really down or like you want to end your life?

Life Line

   13 11 14

Are you homeless or couch surfing?

 Link2Home

1800 152 152

Need an ambulance, or the police or fire department?

Emergency help

000

Police assistance line

(If you are a victim of a crime, other than life threatening or time critical emergency situations. If you're not sure, dial 000)

131 444

 

Funding and partnerships

Phoenix Youth Support Service is a project of Wyong Neighbourhood Centre and funded by the Department of Family and Community Services.

We also work and partner with other organisations and businesses to support, advocate for, and provide opportunities for young people on the Central Coast. If you would like to partner with us on a project or even or make a donation or contribution, please let us know. 


 

Jobs 

Phoenix Youth Support Service is not currently hiring.

 

Volunteers and work for the dole

If you are interested in working with us on a voluntary basis, let us know.

To work at with us you will need to have a working with children check (free for volunteers) that clears you for voluntary work and appropriate other experience or qualifications suitable for working with young people. 

We are also a WDO (Word Development Order) approved organisation, and if you're eligible, you can volunteer with us or receive support through us to pay off fines. Contact us for more information. 

 

Student placements

We are happy to support students and take on student placements when we have capacity to.

If you are currently studying youth work, community services, social work or social science, or a related discipline and are interested in completing your student placement at Phoenix, get in touch with us and we'll see if we can help.

 

Referrals

We accept referrals:

  • from young people, parents and carers, and other services
  • over the phone, or in-person during office hours (best time to speak with us in-person is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday between 2:30pm and 4:30pm)

 

To explain how our referral process works, whenever a young person is referred to us, we add their details to our system. From there we'll give you a call to ask you some questions and then, based on whether our youth workers have capacity to take on new clients, we'll either:

 

  1. link you up with one of our youth workers
  2. put you on our waiting list to work with a youth worker when we have a space available
  3. if you need support sooner rather than later and our waiting list is too long, or if we're not the best service to support you, we'll refer you on to another organisation and check in with you sometime later to see if you're being supported

We try to respond to new referrals within one to two weeks. We do our best to follow up as quickly as possible.

Once we’ve had a chat with you, our wait list can vary from anywhere to 1 week to 12 weeks, depending on how busy we are. We support lots of young people and only have so much time to do that, which is why sometimes there can be a wait

If we expect our wait list will be more than 8 weeks, we’ll let you know and either ask if you’d like to wait, or do our best to refer you to somewhere you can support you sooner. 

If you need anything during that time, if you have any questions, or if you feel we're taking too long to contact you, please get in touch. 

You can also reach us at our office number, or social media -- details are on this page. 

 

If you have no credit or data, you can come into our office at Gravity Youth Centre, Lake Haven (between the cinema and library). 

We're available from Monday to Friday during the weeks (not on public holidays), though sometimes we do outreach work and aren't always in the office, or may be busy with other clients. The best way to ensure we have time to see you is to schedule an appointment.

 

Downloads

You can download our flyers, permission ships, brochures, and other forms from our downloads page

 

Help with paying bills (E.A.P.A Vouchers)

 

As part of our Emergency Accounts Payment Assistance service (or "EAPA" for short), a scheme provided by the NSW Government, we can assist you if you cannot make full or part payment on your electricity account, gas account, or both. 

Appointments are necessary and to be eligible to receive assistance and the original bill (not a copy) must be shown to us. 

This service is provided at:

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre

Wednesdays and Thursdays

9:15am - 1:30pm

Watanobbi Community Centre

Thursdays

10:00am - 2:30pm

Please phone (02) 4353 1750 to make an appointment or for more information.

 


Other services we provide that you may be interested in:

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Photocopying & Printing Service

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Inc and Watanobbi Community Centre have a fax, photocopying and laminating service available to the public for a small donation.

Photocopying is 20c/page, Fax is 25c/page (local)/$1.00/page (STD), Laminating is $1.00/page (A4)/$2.00/page (A3).

Call the centre on; Wyong Neighbourhood Centre - (02) 4356 0999 or Watanobbi Community Centre - (02) 4351 2860

Legal Aid

A free legal service for people in the Wyong Shire. The service is available every second Wednesday at Wyong. Each client is allocated a 45 minute session, with advice given on a range family law matters (separation, divorce, property settlement and custody issues).

Bookings are essential, so please call: (02) 4353 1750

Seniors Support Group

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre has two groups available: 

 

  • Seniors Support Group which meets once a month to address issues affecting  seniors in the area. This group is open to individuals who wish to meet and socialise with other seniors.  
  • Coffee and Chat which meets at Watanobbi Community Centre, every Monday from 10am to 12 midday. Cost: $3. Includes refreshments and morning tea. 

For more information, contact Wyong Neighbourhood Centre on (02) 4353 1750

Emergency Relief

This service assists people living within the 2259 and 2258 postcode areas who are experiencing financial crisis through the provision of food, petrol and chemist vouchers including other forms of emergency financial assistance. The program is facilitated by trained volunteers, who conduct confidential interviews to determine the level and type of assistance required.

This program is funded through the Federal Government under the Department of Family and Community Services, and is based at Wyong Neighbourhood Centre's head office in Wyong.

For more information regarding this service, contact (02) 4353 1750 or info@wnci.com.au 

Free Tax Help

The Australian Taxation Office has a free tax service operating from our Wyong & Watanobbi Offices during August, September & October. Tax Help is a free service providing assistance to complete yearly tax returns for individuals on a low income.
Qualified volunteers are trained by the Australian Taxation Office.

Contact us for any questions or to make an appointment at:

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
Old Primary School Corner
Cnr Alison Road & Rankens Court
Wyong  NSW  2259

Telephone: (02) 4353 1750
Email:
manager@wyongneighbourhoodcentre.org.au

Op Shop

 

Wyong Op Shop - front view

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre has a cute little social enterprise Op Shop run by friendly volunteers and work for the dole participants.

Our Op Shop has a wonderful selection of:

 
  • Clothing for children and adults
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Bric-à-brac (i.e.miscellaneous objects and ornaments such as decorated teacups and small vases, feathers or flowers under glass domes, decorated eggshells, porcelain figurines, painted miniatures or photographs in stand-up frames, and so on)

All items are reasonably priced, with most costing under $5.00.

All profits from the Op Shop support our emergency relief program and other Wyong Neighbourhood Centre projects. 

Drop by and check us out—you will be pleasantly surprised! 

 

Wyong Op Shop - side view 

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 

9.00am to 3.00pm

Weekends and public holidays 

Closed

 

Location

 
You can find us in Room 3 at:
 
The Old Primary School
Corner of Alison Road & Rankens Court
Wyong, NSW
(opposite Village Central Shopping Centre)
 
 

Phone

(02) 4353 1750
 

News and updates

Stay up-to-date with what we're doing via:

(02) 4353 1750

Financial Counselling

Are you finding it difficult to pay your bills?

From time to time, many people find themselves struggling to buy food, pay the rent or mortgage and can be juggling numerous debts. If you’re in this situation, a financial counsellor can help you understand your options so that you can get back on your feet.

Financial Counselling is one of our free, confidential services available to support people experiencing financial difficulties, financial crisis, or debt.

Our Financial Counsellors can:

  • Help you to understand your rights and responsibilities (including consumer rights)
  • Help you explore options to manage financial difficulties
  • Conduct a full assessment of your financial situation, including regular income and expenditure, assets and liabilities
  • Information and options for change and improvement
  • Advocate on your behalf and negotiate with debt collectors. This can prevent harassment calls
  • Advocate on your behalf and negotiate with banks and other lenders
  • Provide information regarding National Hardship Register
  • Information on credit laws, the debt recovery process, pre-insolvency advice, bankruptcy and other areas of legislation (law)

They can also: 

  • Offer budget counselling and information sessions
  • Advise and assist with problems related to debt and dealing with debt enforcement
  • Assist with concessions, grant eligibility and referrals for material aid       
  • Assist with lodging complaints to external dispute resolution services    
  • Refer to other community, health and legal services  

 

What more info? Want to book an appointment?

 Please contact Lee Wilde:

There are free financial counselling services in every State and Territory in Australia. 


Our financial counselling service has been available since 2010 and is funded by

the Department of Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA).

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