Youth services

We have many services, programs, events and activities to support young people (12-24 years) in Cardinia Shire.

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Young people (12-25 years), parents and professionals can contact or visit My Place for information and advice about health and wellbeing, education and training, drugs and alcohol and more. Computers with free internet access are also available for young people during opening hours (1pm–5.15pm).

Referrals to specialised support agencies can be made from My Place to support young people and their families.

Services at MyPlace

  • headspace – a youth-friendly Intake Worker is available on Wednesdays.
  • Marillac – supports young people with disabilities to participate in school holiday or recreation programs and supports those receiving individual support packages.
  • Monash Health Community Youth and Family team – provides youth (12-25 years) counselling services.
  • Oakwood School – provides learning opportunities for students (10–18 years) who have disengaged from school or where mainstream schooling does not meet their needs.
  • Skills Plus – helps young people to get a job, connect with education and training, and find and participate in work experience opportunities.
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault – 24-hour crisis response and support services.
  • Youth Support and Advocacy Service – support for alcohol and/or drug use, mental health concerns or social disconnection (12-21 years).

Rooms at My Place can be hired for youth-focused meetings, delivery of service or programs.

We visit schools, host and attend local youth events and run after school and holiday programs in rural towns in Cardinia Shire. We can also transport young people to and from our rural after school programs from neighbouring towns using our 10 seater passenger vehicle.

We offer a free youth support service to young people (12–24 years) who live, work or go to school in the Cardinia Shire.

The program can help young people who:

  • feel anxious, stressed or ‘down’
  • have difficulties with friends, family or is being bullied
  • need to deal with anger and aggression, grief and loss
  • need information and/or support to access other services (like drugs and alcohol support, Centrelink and legal advice)
  • want to make new friends and have fun through our programs and activities
  • want to talk about their sexuality or relationships
  • have problems at home
  • feel their life is out of control
  • just need someone to talk to

The service is free, confidential and offers young people information, advice and practical support (short- and medium-term). The program is flexible, accessible to all young people and is respectful of race, gender, sexuality or religion.

Concerned teachers and family members can also seek information, advice and referrals.

Appointments can be held at My Place, school or wherever you are most comfortable in your local area. Call us to make an appointment.

The youth forum survey had over 2,000 responses from young people (12-24 years) in 2015. The survey asked young people about issues they experienced, what was important and what opportunities young people would like in their local area. The results will be used to plan and advocate for future services, programs and activities.

Youth forum survey 2015 results