Register to take a pause from alcohol, sugar or something of your choice and then get others to sponsor you. Every dollar raised funds vital support for disadvantaged young Australians.
Streetlink is a free and confidential youth health service that provides a safe place for young people aged 12 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, to seek information and support, connect to services, or just chat with someone who cares. Check out the video below and see what they’re all about.
Young people can visit Streetlink and access to a range of services including:
- Medical care (GP and nursing)
- Counselling services
- Alcohol and other drug treatment
- Psychological therapies
- Child development and health checks
Streetlink offers group work and activities to help young people develop skills and confidence and connect them to the wider community. These can focus on alcohol or drug use, living skills, health and wellbeing, parenting or creative and artistic groups.
Streetlink also helps those affected by alcohol or drug use, and offers assessment, counselling and support, as well as a Clean Needle Program.
In 2015-16 Streetlink supported 600 young people. There were 300 clients engaged in their medical clinic and 200 in the alcohol and other drug program. Another 100 young people were clients of the drop in service with almost 600 drop in contacts made.
In addition to the young people that they support, an additional 2800 contacts were made through the on-site clean needle program.
A third of new clients presenting to Streetlink medical program were homeless and a quarter of new clients presenting to the drop in service were homeless.
Next year Streetlink aim to support even more people with the addition of a youth mental health and comorbidity program to their current services.
Check out a couple staff profiles below and find out why they do what they do:
What are you giving up for febfast and why?
I am going to give up sugar for febfast – being a new year, it’s time to lose some weight and start eating healthy and do more exercise! Not eating sugar is a good way to kick-start getting fit.
For those who don’t know what a youth worker does, how would you explain your work?
I would say it comes down to being an open, honest person who can see that not everyone has the same story or experience and that everyone is unique and important. Most of what I enjoy doing involves just listening and being glad that people want to share their stories with me.
What’s the best part of being a youth worker?
Working with/for a diverse group of people, taking part in making some positive change. Even though it can get busy (like any job), I feel content in knowing I’m doing the right thing by others.
Why is your work important to you?
I believe that people no matter what age/status/gender/background need some support sometimes. Living in society should be about caring for each other and doing what we can to make things better for one another. I feel I can do positive things in my job (which makes me happy) and learn a lot from the young people I support!
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes in a lot of forms: colleagues, friends, the young people I work with and also personal experiences and family. I am inspired by great thinkers and people who challenged the norm in pursuit of a better world. Values such as justice, equality and freedom are key to getting to that ‘better world’.
What are you passionate about?
My work. I would like to see greater awareness of issues affecting the most marginalised in society. There is a lot of change yet to be made in correcting wrongs of the past and in establishing equal opportunities for all. Doing my part in working in this sector is my way of promoting positive change and that’s what makes me passionate about work.
Why should Australians take on the febfast challenge?
It is a good opportunity to do things that you’ve been meaning to do and support a worthy cause – there’s never a day like today!
Tell us about a memorable moment in your career with Uniting Communities/Streetlink
I really enjoy it at Streetlink so most moments are memorable for me. All the same, we had a Christmas party that was awesome fun. I had a few games of Wii bowling and got beaten every time.