Youth Support and Development

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Working with young people aged 15-19 to build capabilities and experience to successfully engage in meaningful social, educational and employment opportunities. Our youth worker can guide, mentor and support you to set your own individual goals and work through barriers to achieve them. We help you connect to your community so you can thrive personally and socially. “Life first” focus.
Helping vulnerable young people achieve and participate in the Murraylands community, our Youth Support and Development Program can help you:

  • Improve connection to secondary education
  • Gain employment skills
  • Develop independent living skills
  • Achieve positive life goals
  • Transition out of school to further education, training and employment
  • Improve connection to family, community and culture

ac.care’s youth support and development program is for young people aged 15-19, but can be extended to people aged between 10 and 25 in some circumstances, especially those disengaging from education, family and community.
We are welcoming of all young people, including those who are:

 

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse
  • Identify as LGBTIQA+
  • Young parents
  • Young carers
  • Living with a disability and not eligible for NDIS funding
  • From areas of identified disadvantage.

Youth Resilience Scholarship

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ac.care recognises that a sound education is one significant factor upon which a young person’s long-term future can be developed. A good education provides improved employment potential, which in turn helps to break the cycle of homelessness and other social disadvantage. The aim of this scholarship program is to provide encouragement, financial assistance and support to young people living in country communities so they will continue with existing education and training or undertake new opportunities.

This scholarship is only open to children and young people aged 5 to 25 years who are socially disadvantaged, vulnerable, homeless or at risk of homelessness and are living continuously in eastern country South Australia, including the Riverland, Murraylands or Limestone Coast, for a minimum of 12 months prior to acceptance  of the scholarship. The young person may be living independently or as a member of a family, extended family, foster family or in an ac.care residential care home. We have profiled some of the recipients for you below and thank the donors who have given this opportunity to the young people.

The current value of each scholarship is $2000 . The funds will be held in trust by ac.care and released to meet educational and associated expenses as they occur.

The scholarship holder must be currently attending or plan to attend the nominated education or training organisation during the next six months and all scholarship funds  must be used within 12 months of the date of acceptance of the scholarship.

The successful nominee(s) will be individually assessed and personal support will be provided based on priorities agreed with the young person and taking into account the availability of resources in the region. Personal support may include assistance and
advocacy to secure accommodation, professional tutoring to assist with education/training, referral and support to access other community services.

Full guidelines and the nomination form are available by downloading this form.

Community forum to inspire people to open hearts and homes to children

PEOPLE passionate about the welfare of children are urged to attend a foster care forum this month in Strathalbyn to learn how they can make a difference in young local lives. Foster carers are needed to support vulnerable children unable to live with their birth parents in the Murraylands, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills. Regional … Continued
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Decades of care leaves proud legacy for Muir family

THE story of Murraylands couple Jock and Lynette Muir is one of generosity, kindness and true dedication to helping children in need. Decades ago, they opened their home to foster children with the support of country agency ac.care, providing a safe and loving environment, and ultimately changing the course of the lives of young people in their care.
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Childhood foster support prepares Jess to thrive as young adult

Become a foster carer – learn more MAKE every opportunity count has long been a mantra for Mount Gambier teenager Jess Tresidder, who is about to embark on her next journey studying a double degree at the University of South Australia. It is the latest goal set by the 18-year-old who has been a high … Continued
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Mount Gambier foster care manager swaps roles to help flood-affected residents

A MOUNT Gambier social worker witnessed first-hand the impacts of the River Murray flooding on Riverland communities after volunteering for three weeks to support affected residents. ac.care Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter was a welcoming and compassionate presence for residents seeking support at the Riverland emergency relief centre in Berri. Ms Winter … Continued
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Fleurieu couple’s lives transformed by foster care

"He's done more for us than we have for him," says Fleurieu Peninsula foster carer Tony about the boy he has welcomed into his family with wife Laura.
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National Child Protection Week highlights need for foster carers

CARING adults living in regional South Australia can play a key role in ensuring the state's most vulnerable babies, children and young people receive safety, care and support when they need it most.
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Mount Gambier foster care coffee morning

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Limestone Coast your love and support as a foster carer?ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care information session coffee morning – Berri

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Riverland your love and support as a foster carer? ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care Information Session – Renmark Library

Become a foster carer with ac.care Join Brenton at Renmark Library, on Tuesday 22nd February at 4.30pm for an information session about the process to become a foster carer and to have your questions answered. To find out more, call 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273) or email care@accare.org.au
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Lions helps share festive thanks to carers

LIONS clubs have helped ac.care share gratitude to foster carers on behalf of the community for the remarkable contribution they make to supporting young lives. When COVID-19 concerns prevented Christmas events being held to bring carers, children and ac.care staff together to mark the end of the year, Lions clubs answered the call for donation … Continued
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Foster family shares joy of Christmas

THREE young siblings welcomed into a country South Australian family last year are looking forward to everything about celebrating Christmas in the stability, safety and care of their foster home this December.
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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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