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Youth

If you would like to add or change a listing, please email mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Online connection

Image of globe and finger touching it. Quote: "We live in a great place but we are a bit isolated. I don't want to miss out on the chance to learn and be innovative in a way that technology can allow you to be." Sam - 17 years old.

eheadspace

Free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 to 25 and their families and friends.


Reach Out — online mental health and wellbeing

Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people.


Beyond Blue

Going through tough times? Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and it happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives.


Kids Helpline

Anytime. Any reason.


Be You

Be You provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.


COPMI — Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

Help for young people who have a parent who experiences mental illness.


myCompass Self Help Tool

A personalised self-help tool for your mental health, developed by Black Dog Institute.


BRAVE Online

Helping young people overcome anxiety.


1800 Respect

National sexual, domestic and family violence hotline.


Butterfly Foundation

Support for eating disorders and body image issues.


QLife

Anonymous LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

Social connection

Image of shaka hand with text: Social connection - by creating a place where people can express their views, skills, talents and ideas, you are supporting the future of our local communities.

Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre


TYCA — Tomaree Youth Community Action Group

Tomaree Youth Community Action group (TYCA Inc.) is a not-for-profit group run by volunteers with the goal of empowering youth to fulfil their potential by providing spaces where youth can get together and interact in a positive environment whilst having fun and learning new things. TYCA run various programs which are mainly based around music, art and sport.


The Deck

The Deck is a place for anyone aged 12 to 18 to drop in and hang out. Play Xbox, PlayStation, computer games, ping pong, pool, watch dvds, use the internet, join in art and craft, and much more.


PCYC Raymond Terrace

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW is one of Australia’s leading youth organisations.


PCYC Nelson Bay

Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW is one of Australia’s leading youth organisations.

Professional support

Image of ear and two people. Quote: "The idea of the youth space is to provide a safe space for young people to be surrounded by a strong support network" - Bethany, 16 years old

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services (PSFNS) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation providing community services in Port Stephens.


Tomaree Community College

Tomaree Community College is a Registered Training Organisation in Port Stephens.


Jupiter

Life can be hard and lonely, up and down at the best of times. It can help to talk to someone. Jupiter offers free counselling services for 12 to 18 year olds in Port Stephens.


headspace Maitland


headspace Newcastle

headspace Newcastle offers young people aged 12 to 25 with short term support for mild-to-moderate difficulties.


Other support

Al-Ateen

Al-Ateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.


Alesco Senior College

Alesco Senior College started in 2002 as Alesco Learning Centre — a registered and accredited, non-government independent school specifically designed for the inclusion of young people who cannot or will not complete their education within a traditional setting. The school offers grades 10 to 12 to young people of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and the Upper Hunter.


Ask Izzy

When you’re looking for support, Ask Izzy can help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more.


CanTeen — Hunter and Northern NSW

CanTeen provides 12 to 24 year olds a place where they can simply be young people, away from the daily pressures of living with cancer in a hospital or at home.


ConnectAbility Australia Inc.

ConnectAbility promotes the inclusion of people with a disability in the wider community. This is based on working holistically with you to design a diary of events to connect you to fulfilling your individual goals and dreams. They will support you to live the life you choose and to be valued and included in your community.


COPSY - Caring for our Port Stephens Youth

Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) is a community group whose purpose is to ensure the best possible, independent youth health and wellbeing service is available to satisfy the needs of the young people living in Port Stephens who are at risk. COPSY's goal is to evaluate the best possible services and to advocate, facilitate and support an effective, sustainable and free mental health support service for young people aged 12 to 25 years and to ensure it is accessible, independent and based in the local community.


Hunter Region No Interest Loans Scheme Inc.


Hunter Volunteer Centre

Hunter Volunteer Centre (HVC) has been supporting community organisations and volunteers in the Hunter for more than 30 years. They are committed to promoting, encouraging and empowering volunteers in their contributions to the community and to support and resource organisations in the way they use volunteers.


Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) is an international youth development charity. Its mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a challenging and structured international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.


Our Local

Use Our Local to discover local opportunities, activities, services and events for under 24 year olds across NSW.


Port Stephens Community Band — PCYC

The concert band is a non-profit organisation which welcomes all new members regardless of age and ability.


Samaritans — Homeless services

Samaritans Youth Services offer extensive help to young people aged from 12 years. This includes support with everything from counselling, accommodation and parenting advice to drugs and alcohol, relationships and much more.


Yacaaba Centre

Yacaaba Centre's vision is to be a leading service provider of specialist homelessness services in the Port Stephens. It partners with other agencies to provide a "no wrong door" approach for people who are homeless, at imminent risk of homelessness or who are suffering as a result of abuse within the home, either currently or in the past.