This program assists Koori young people up to 18 years of age. Many of the young people we assist are at risk of homelessness and alcohol/drug use, and need intensive support to get back on track.
Service delivery includes a lot of outreach work. This involves meeting young people on their “own turf” to build trust and facilitate positive relationships. Accompanying young people to appointments initially is important to ensure successful referrals and follow up. Once the young person has developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with their casework issues themselves, they can begin to step into that responsibility more independently.
Intensive case management to help Koori young people access:
Streetbeat Transport Service (The Streetbeat Bus) provides a late night transport service to young people in the Inner Sydney, Inner West and surrounding areas who are unable to get home. Young people can access the bus by calling a free call number up till 1 am to inform the workers where they need to be picked up.
The bus does not operate as a taxi service and so does not transport young people out to social venues. It is designed to minimize harm to young people by taking them home or to another safe place.
The service is available to young people Friday and Saturdays 10pm – 2am. Police and other services can call the bus up till 2.30am.
The bus free call number (from landlines and Telstra mobiles): 1800 114 114
The bus mobile number (from all other mobiles): 0147 209 687
Program funded through NSW Drug Summit and Department of Family & Community Services