Emergency Financial Assistance
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.
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
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation strives to improve the cultural, social and economic well-being of the Jawoyn people, while always caring for country.
We represent and support the Jawoyn people and country through our human services, land management, cultural and business enterprises.
Emergency relief is available in the form of food vouchers for indigenous singles and families in financial distress.
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Provides human services, cultural & land management programs and business enterprises for the Jawoyn people and indigenous people living on Jawoyn land. Land and parks management programs involve traditional burning techniques and feral animal control. The Corporation also operates as a regional development agency with a strong focus on economic development, enterprise development and the creation of employment opportunities. Business enterprises include Jawoyn Aviation and Nitmiluk Tours. Identification & preservation of cultural sites is also undertaken. The Corporation organises the Barunga Festival and operates the Manyallaluk Art & Craft Centre and the Ghumarn Culture Centre.
Women’s Leadership Program
An annual forum for indigenous women from the Katherine region to recognise and develop leadership opportunities.
The Program also provides a forum under the auspices of the Banatjarl Strongbala Women Grup in which Jawoyn elders and elected representatives meet in alternate months, in their communities, to promote women’s leadership.
At Lutheran Care, we believe our communities are stronger when each and every person feels included and cared for. Founded 50 years ago on the principles of the Lutheran Church, we have always been champions of advocacy and equity, serving the needs and fighting for the rights of those who have fallen through the cracks of the system. Ours is a powerful and persistent voice for the voiceless. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, we will walk side by side with you, regardless of cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief systems or circumstances. Beyond working to have a lasting, positive impact on people’s lives, we are determined to build hope, understanding and drive long-term systematic change. Unbound by convention, we are leaders in our sector and community, always exploring new, innovative ways of helping people find comfort and purpose. We seek no reward or recognition beyond doing what’s right for our people. This is what inspires and drives us. It is the source of our unity and our strength. Caring and warm, we are guided by faith and compassion, always listening, advocating and building stronger communities where people can belong and thrive.
Lutheran Care is committed to reducing barriers and encouraging inclusion and participation in the community of people with a disability, people of all ages, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people, and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
FINANCIAL COUNSELLING, CAPABILITY & RESILIENCE HUB
The Hub assists people in financial difficulty to address their financial problems. Financial Counsellors and Financial Capability Workers assist clients one on one and in workshops helping them to know how to manage their money, develop saving plans and budgeting. This service covers Central Australia region and includes 33 remote communities and Alice Springs.
- Financial Counsellors
Counsellors support clients with personal financial difficulties, undertake in depth assessments of a client’s financial situation and work with them to increase their capability to make informed decisions in resolving personal financial difficulties. Advice includes debt management, negotiating with creditors, budgeting, bankruptcy, credit laws and eligibility for government assistance. Make an appointment for a free professional and confidential chat.
- Financial Capability Workers
Financial Capability Workers provide one on one and group sessions to assist clients with basic financial literacy, education and support as well as delivering community education sessions.
Emergency relief is for people who are in a crisis situation and dependant on need can include food, food vouchers, blankets, clothing and where needed referrals to other support. This service is available every morning of the week Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon.
KWATJA ETATHA PLAYGROUP
Kwatja Etatha (Arrente for Living Waters) Playgroup runs intensively supported ‘play sessions’ where families are encouraged to interact with their children through structured play activities. Playgroup sessions run during school terms on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 11.30 am. Transport to and from Playgroup is provided.
FAMILIES LEARNING TOGETHER
Supported by Anglicare ‘Families Learning Together’ offers interactive workshops for parents including Circle of Security and learning experiences for families and parents on Babies and Toddlers Development, Caring for Young Children and Babies, Hygiene and Safety
INTENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE (IFSS)
This programme at Ntaria (Hermannsburg) aims to reduce child neglect through building on family strengths and supporting families to build their capacity to meet the needs of their children. Families requiring support are referred from other agencies.
Mission Australia – Emergency Relief
Emergency relief helps people to address their immediate basic needs in times of financial crisis or hardship through material or financial aid (e.g. vouchers, clothes and food parcels). Support is offered in a way that maintains the dignity of individuals and families and encourages self-reliance. As well as financial and material support, we also link people with services in the community to help them address the challenges that are affecting their financial wellbeing.
The Gathering – Emergency Relief Program
A principle operation of The Gathering is the emergency relief program. The emergency relief program is operated in conjunction with the Baptist Bush Church. Emergency relief program outlets are operated at each of the location listed below. From these outlets people may access food parcels and other emergency relief support including, a variety of social services, mentoring, job-ready training, preparation of resumes, basic budgeting, counselling and interagency referrals. From these outlets children’s craft groups and social activities for adults also operate. Activities include darts, pool competitions, or just a chat. Clients accessing these outlets are encouraged to participate in other activities of the Gathering’s sub-groups. The Gathering is also registered a facilitator for those carrying out community work orders.
YWCA Australia – Domestic & Family Violence Centre
The Domestic and Family Violence Program consist of The Domestic and Family Violence Centre, the Keeping Women Safe in Their Homes Program and individual counselling for women who have experienced domestic and family violence.
The Domestic and Family Violence Centre helps those who are fleeing domestic and family violence, by providing:
- crisis accommodation
- safety planning
- individualised plans