Local young people have received a welcome gift of hot meals and essential items thanks to Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Youth Health and its supporters.
Youth Health services are provided to young people who are aged 12–24 in the WSLHD catchment area. The primary target group is young people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or at risk, with a particular focus on young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Young people can access information, support, consultation, counselling, healthcare coordination, therapeutic group work, dental assessment, basic needs services, medical and engage in health promotion activities.
Christmas can be a tough time for some young people, which is one of the reasons why Youth Health creates an opportunity to celebrate each year. This year they adapted their traditional end of year celebration to be COVID-safe, hosting a series of ‘Connect and Collect’ events at each service.
“Despite the changes we had to make, our goal remains the same: to celebrate the achievements and strengths of the young people we work with, and remind them how much staff, the community, organisations and businesses care about them,” youth health worker Stephanie Mora said.
“The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for them as many are experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. We hope to bring them joy and foster a sense of community.
“This year we were overwhelmed by the generosity of Red Rooster in donating 150 meal vouchers, hats and sunglasses to the young people that access our services. We have also received 110 Share the Dignity bags containing essential feminine hygiene products, as well as donations from Bunnings Warehouse Rydalmere, OzHarvest, Thread Together and Boomerang Bags Parramatta.”
WSLHD Youth Health works holistically and takes a strengths based, harm minimisation approach. Youth Health aim to create a welcoming space for young people to feel safe and cared for.
Young people aged 12-24 living in the WSLHD area can call their closest Youth Health Service.
High Street Youth Health Service, Harris Park: 88602500
Western Area Adolescent Team, Mount Druitt: 98811230