Alice Springs Youth Accommodation & Support Services (ASYASS)
ASYASS believes that all people have a right to secure, appropriate and affordable housing. Many young people are often disadvantaged in their access to housing through factors such as inexperience, family crisis and breakdown, financial insecurity and community prejudice.
The Youth Housing Program Provides semi-independent accommodation (up to 12 months) to young people 16-21yo. The ASYASS Housing Program currently manages these properties are located across Alice Springs. The housing program offers young people, who are unable to reside with family, through case management the opportunity to re-engage with education, training or to gain employment, as well as to develop and strengthen life skills (including living skills) required to establish themselves independently. Where appropriate ASYASS also supports and encourages involvement with family.
Crisis Youth Refuge
Provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15-17yo, inclusive 24 hrs/7days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night up to 3 months. During their stay at ASYASS Youth Refuge, young people will also be provided supported though case management (where appropriate).
Young people will also be supported to:
- identify and work towards their goals;
- address their health, education and income needs;
- develop appropriate life skills
- (re)engage with family (where appropriate); and
- access long term accommodation where necessary
The Youth Refuge provides safe supported accommodation for young men and women, 15 – 17 years, inclusive 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Accommodation can be provided for one night or up to 3 months.
Ampe Akweke (pronounced – umba kooka) “Little Babies Place”
Ampe Akweke is a place for single young women / mothers Program 14-23 years of age. Ampe akweke offers both outreach support and residential support, if the single young women / mothers have no where suitable and safe to stay. Young women can stay in the safe house for up to 3 months. Ampe akweke works with the young women to ensure they have theirs, their unborn child or their babies health needs met. Ampe akweke family support workers provide parenting education and support as well as case management to all young women accessing the program.
Emergency Relief Program
ASYASS administers Emergency Relief funds to young people who find themselves needing financial assistance in the form of:
- purchase vouchers of a fixed value (e.g for food, clothes)
- assistance to obtain appropriate forms of identification
- material assistance such as blankets, clothing or school needs
- appropriate referrals to other services that help to address underlying causes of financial crisis
This Program is administered from our office located at 12 Undoolya Road
This program is a hub for information, training, life skills development, advocacy and support. More than just a drop in centre, a calendar of training and activities is provided monthly.
Support workers are available to young people who are not necessarily in our other programs. Outreach and emergency support are provided through this service and they provide linkages to other services.
They can be assisted to do their laundry, have a shower, assisted with food, clothing and medical needs.
Babbarra Women’s Centre
Women are employed in a cleaning service that is offered to the community.
Creches create comfortable, safe and healthy places where infants and children are nurtured and respected and the parents feel comfortable about leaving their children. The program assists women who want to study, train or work including CDEP. Creches provide on-site child care while parents or guardians attend programs.
A low-cost hairdressing service is provided for indigenous omen.
A laundromat service is provided for indigenous women.
Nutrition for Kids
Cooked meals are prepared as material aid for families of infants and toddlers who would otherwise be nutritionally at risk. Mothers of the children participate in the preparation and cooking of the meals.
Provides financial support to the Women’s Centre through the sale of second-hand clothing at affordable prices.
Indigenous women are employed in the production of textile goods which are then offered for sale in the Women’s Centre retail shop.
Calvary Community Care
Calvary Community Care provides home care services to help you live an independent lifestyle in your own home.
Our services include shopping and cooking, transport and outings, respite care, hospital to home, credentialed and nursing services, home maintenance, personal care, 24 hour and overnight care, 24 hour personal alarms and domestic assistance. We also provide innovative services such as Pet assistance Welfare Services (PAWS), Flying Solo program and the Holiday Help program.
Calvary Community Care is a provider of:
- Home Care Packages Levels 1-4
- Community Home Support Programs
- Veterans Home Care
- Disability in Home Support, and
- Individual Support Programs.