First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th March 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

The bus tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions.

It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.

Continue reading

Kiama Community College Courses

Popular Accredited Courses Starting Soon – Subsidies Available!

Our Diploma of Beauty Therapy and our Certificate III In Beauty Services have commenced but we are still taking enrolments. We also have a number of other exciting new Beauty and Hair Short Courses. 

You can view our course info sheets through the links below:

Please visit our website, or get in touch today by calling 4423 0351 for more information on these courses.

Continue reading


Dates: 7th & 8th March 2019
Location: UTS, Harris Street Ultimo, NSW 2007.

Yfoundations would like to invite you to ReCharge. ReCharge is our Youth Homelessness conference and it will take place on 7 & 8 of March 2019 at UTS, Harris St Ultimo, NSW 2007.

This year we are focusing on getting back to the basics and focusing on human rights and the rights of the child.

Recharge is about our members who provide support to young people at risk of, and experiencing, homelessness. It is an opportunity to reflect, the share, to engage with peers and the wider network. We showcase great work; we give the sector the opportunity to work together, to network and to build partnerships. But ReCharge is a time to focus on young people, to understand what is working and what we can do to continue to support them and ensure they thrive.


Smart and Skilled Accredited Training

Community Service Obligation (CSO) Eligibility Criteria

To access CSO funded accredited partial qualifications (short skillset courses), participants must meet the following eligibility criteria.  If not, a fee will be charged for training.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 15 years or older
  • No longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • Aboriginal or Torres strait Islander students who do not live or work in NSW but live in a defined interstate area – seek assistance from RTO


Participants must meet one of the following demographics:

  • Experiencing significant hardship
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • Students with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability.
  • Students who receive an applicable government welfare payment or are the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone who is receiving an applicable government benefit.

Learning Barriers

Participants must have at least one of the following barriers to learning:

  • Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skill level.
  • Limited employability skills where students require considerable additional support.
  • Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement; and
  • Significant educational disadvantages impacting upon student’s ability to succeed in training, such as;
    • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care.

Want to try our SHOES? Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions in 2019

Have you hit the ground running in 2019 with new shoes? How about trying out our SHOES – Sexual Health Outreach Education Sessions!

In 2019, HARP are excited to offer a 30 minute in-house update session for you and your staff.

Has a sexual health related topic come up amongst staff or clients at your service?

Has it been a while since you attended sexual health training?

Would you like to have up to date information on the latest around sexual health?

Would you like to find out how you can access FREE condoms and sexual health resources?

Sessions are presented by Naomi Viret & Kaitlyn Middleton, Health Education Officers from the HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit and are available on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

We can present as part of your team meeting, planning day or scheduled sexual health session.

Please reply to or Kaitlyn. to book in!

Youth Counsellor Job in Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast – SEEK

Grand Pacific Health (GPH) and headspace Nowra are seeking an energetic mental health professional to join our team. headspace Nowra is an established youth health service in the Shoalhaven Region focused on providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Are you a psychologist, social worker, counsellor or occupational therapist who is eligible for membership/registration with the appropriate professional organisation/authority? (Applicants who are working towards these qualifications will also be considered).

Closes: 3 February 2019

First Step Program Bus Tour

Registrations are now open for the First Step Program Bus Tour, Thursday 14th February 2019 from 10.00am till 2.00pm.

The bus tour gives participants an on the ground view of the current situation around drug use and Blood Borne Infection(BBI) transmissions.

It provides an opportunity to dispel myths and “get the real story” on such a hidden, sensitive, and not often talked about area.


09.45am       Meet First Step Program, Port Kembla Hospital, Fairfax Road,   Warrawong.

10.00am       Depart for Hill 60, Port Kembla

10.45am       Warilla Community Health Centre

11.45am       The Wollongong Hospital Automatic Dispensing Machine

12.00             Orana Centre, Wollongong site visit

1.00pm          Darcy House, Port Kembla site visit & lunch

Cost is $15.00 which goes to Darcy House for providing lunch.

Click here to register or Google First Step Program, Bus Tour February 2019. Places are limited.

What other people are saying about the tour:

  • Can I just say WOW!! What an amazing experience!! Thank you for this fantastic bus trip!
  • I liked the way you challenged people’s perception on Methadone use.
  • I find that this style of learning has so many benefits as opposed to the traditional sit in a room watching a PowerPoint presentation learning. It has had a strong impact on my understanding and perspective on the many issues that are faced by clients of the drug and alcohol service.
  • I thought it was very insightful, interesting and valuable for both my future practice as a social worker but also just for my overall knowledge
  • Loved every minute of it! Very informative and a great opportunity to speak with other people working in the field.
  • The First Step Program bus tour was excellent – loved it!

First Step Program is a free and confidential blood borne virus prevention service In the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area. The service provides clean injecting equipment, free condoms as well as support and referrals in all matters of health and welfare including detox and rehabilitation.  First Step Program provide outreach services and education on HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and waste management of used syringes to individuals and groups.

     A collaborative initiative between First Step Program HARP, & Healthy Cities Illawarra

Creating Synergy Drugs and Young People — Care • Collaboration • Compassion

6 – 7 June Wollongong

The Creating Synergy is a biennial conference that highlights a range of innovative work in prevention, early intervention, treatment and health promotion currently implemented by the health, welfare and education sectors to support people who use drugs or alcohol.

The 2019 conference  will showcase evidence-based best practice when working with young people. It will present updates on research and policy that underpin the work of alcohol and other drug clinicians, outreach workers, treatment officers, peer workers treatment concerned with minimising the harms of alcohol and other drug use among young people in our communities.

The conference boasts an amazing mix of excellent keynote and concurrent session speakers and presenters.

Creating Synergy 2019 will also feature two concurrent full day Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday 5 June

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Thriving Adolescent- Dr Joe Ciarrochi

Creating Collaboration for Change- Dr Coralie Wales, Dr Kia Wallwork & Kerrie O’Leary

The Creating Synergy Committee welcomes you to join us in at the Creating Synergy Conference in June 2019.

Register or Submit an Abstract NOW

We look forward to supporting you and improving outcomes for young people who struggle with drugs or alcohol and their families.

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY to get involved with LifeSpan & promote mental health in young people

Are you passionate about promoting mental health, resilience & help-seeking in young people?

Are you willing to volunteer a small amount of time to help deliver a mental health program in schools?

Then we would love to hear from you!


We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) program in schools across the Illawarra Shoalhaven. YAM is an evidence-based program which gets young people involved and talking about mental health through roleplay and discussion. It is new to Australia and the Illawarra Shoalhaven will be one of the first regions nationwide to implement this exciting, hands-on program.

You will help deliver the YAM program in partnership with a trained YAM Facilitator.

More information on YAM and its implementation in the Illawarra Shoalhaven can be found on our website:


By getting involved you will gain:

  • free training in supporting the delivery of an evidence-based mental health program for young people
  • experience working in the school environment with groups of young people
  • the satisfaction of helping young people address their mental health


YAM is delivered in 3 parts: 1.5 – 3 hours per week, over 3 consecutive weeks. Altogether, that’s less than one full day’s work! YAM Helpers will help deliver at least two YAM programs across Term 1 and Term 2 (February-June).

For more information on the YAM Helper role, commitment and criteria click here to view the Position Description (or see attached).


The next YAM Helper training sessions will be held on:

Date:      Friday 1st February 2019

Time:     Morning 9am – 12pm

OR Afternoon 1pm – 4pm

Venue:   Five Islands Secondary College, 192 Military Rd, Port Kembla NSW 2505

To express interest in becoming a YAM Helper, please send a brief statement of why you want to be a YAM Helper to the Suicide Prevention Collaborative via

If you are unavailable to attend the training but would still like to become a YAM Helper just let us know and we will discuss alternative training options.