In late 2017, YMCA Manningham Youth Services initiated a partnership with a number of key organisations who provide support services to young people in Manningham. The Manningham Youth Alliance officially commenced in March 2018, made up of YMCA Manningham (lead agency), headspace Hawthorn (in partnership with Access Health), Doncare and Onemda. This Alliance allows us to work collaboratively alongside one another to provide a more efficient and effective service for the wider community. It allows for shared resourcing, professional development of staff and eliminates the doubling-up of services, as the Alliance partners instead work to support initiatives within the Alliance and, develop and deliver services with one another.
YMCA Manningham Youth Services provides support to young people in Manningham through it's School Mentoring Program, which matches our community volunteers (of whom are completing studies in a youth-related discipline ie. teaching, psychology, youth work, etc.) with vulnerable young people in Manningham schools. Our community mentors receive training and are supervised by our qualified team.
We also have a comprehensive Youth Support Directory linked on our website, which lists all the available service providers who service Manningham, for young people and the wider community to access at their convenience.
For those young people needing additional mental health support services, YMCA Manningham can make referrals directly into our Alliance partners, including headspace Hawthorn, with headspace clinicians utilizing both the YMCA Manningham Youth Office and counselling suites at Doncare, both at MC2, Doncaster. Please contact us directly for further information about youth support across the Alliance.