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.
Australian Red Cross
Migration Support Services
As part of the world-wide Red Cross tracing network, Red Cross tracing in the Northern Territory re-establishes contact between relatives separated as a result of war, conflict or international disaster. Various free-of-charge services are offered, including tracing, the Red Cross message service, family reunion, health & welfare reports and related services. Support is provided to people seeking asylum and living in the Northern Territory while they are awaiting determination of a claim for protection.
Emergency relief is available for any migrant experiencing a crisis, in the form of casework, limited financial assistance and in-kind support. Red Cross provides support and assistance to people who have been trafficked, or who have experienced forced marriage, through the Support to Trafficked People Program. Red Cross also conducts monitoring visits to immigration detention centres in Australia and offshore.
Communities for Children Program
Enables the establishment of community committees in both Palmerston and Tiwi Islands. The committees then allocate funding to a number of local programs to support families and children.
Operation of the National Registration & Inquiry System
(NRIS) allows concerned relatives to track family members who find themselves caught up in disasters. Australian Red Cross also provides assistance for people affected by emergencies and disasters. Trained staff and volunteers identify those who need counselling & support and provide basic necessities, care and comfort.
First Aid Training
Public courses for First Aid training are available in Alice Springs. For all bookings please call 1300 367 428.
Community Development Work in seven locations, with Community Development Officers and Cultural Support Workers assisting the communities to develop solutions and programs that are best for each community. Red Cross is working in Darwin, Galiwinku, Katherine, Daly River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Tiwi Islands.
Baptist Care NT, Food for Life Foodbank
Foodbank Australia is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors & retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare organisations to people in need of emergency relief.
CatholicCare NT – Emergency Relief
The Emergency Relief program provides short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in immediate financial crisis. It can be one-off assistance, or it may involve a referral to the Financial Wellbeing and Capability program to identify and assist with underlying concerns.
How we help
We can assist clients in immediate financial crisis with:
Referrals to relevant services
Assistance with budgeting
CatholicCare NT – Safe Houses
CatholicCare NT provides Safe Houses for women and children who are at immediate risk of harm because of family violence.
How we help
Our Safe Houses provide an immediate safe place for people escaping family violence. We help families reduce the effects of violence through counselling and support. Our support workers encourage peaceful and non-harmful solutions.
We know that there are many contributing factors to family violence, so we provide referrals to other services including AOD and family support programs.
Darwin Aboriginal & Islander Women’s Shelter
DAIWS provides safe and culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are homeless or escaping family violence.
The services provided include support, referral, outreach and domestic violence crisis accommodation.
Counselling is available for Indigenous women and children. Support and referral are also provided for those experiencing domestic violence. After-hours contact is available.
Crisis accommodation is available for homeless Indigenous women & children and for those escaping domestic violence and sexual assault. After-hours contact is available.
Information & Support
Information, referral and support are available for Indigenous women and their children.
Support and referral are also provided for those experiencing domestic violence. After-hours contact is available.
Darwin Skills Development Scheme (DSDS)
Darwin Skills Development Scheme Inc is a community based not for profit organisation that is the Sponsor for Project Employment, the Indigenous Employment Program, and Emergency Relief funds.
We believe that everyone has the right to engage in meaningful work, to fulfil their potential as citizens and participate equitably in their community Disability Employment Services A specialised employment service providing placement, training and support in the open labour market for young people and adults with disabilities. Various free services individually tailored for job seekers, employees and employers are provided.
Crisis accommodation is available for women with children experiencing or escaping domestic or family violence. Referral to specialist domestic violence counselling is offered. Twenty-four-hour telephone contact is available.
Domestic Violence Community Education Service
Provides training & resource support relating to domestic or family violence for government & non-government agencies. Dawn House participates in community development activities that work to reduce the incidence of domestic and family violence.
Domestic Violence Support
Provides outreach, assistance, information, advocacy, training, counselling, referral and support for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. A children’s support worker is available.
Twenty-four-hour telephone contact is available.
Disability services and Support Organisations
Blue Wing’s mission is to empower and enable individuals and families so they have room to breathe and feel relief. We are aware of all the daily challenges and fears you overcome, based on our own experiences. Our staff respect each client and know that every disability is not the same. All of us struggle with very different circumstances and situations. We don’t want you feeling isolated or going through depression alone. Our staff will be there for drop-in supports for you to maintain living in your ideal lifestyle. We will help you get the equipment you might not even know you need or have access to and help you engage with the community. You will also be helped with maintaining a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.