August 2017


CEO Message
Board Profile
YFCC New IFSS Workers
YFCC New Operations Manager
YFCC Youth Engagement Programs
Good News Story
TASS Staff Profile
HELP 2017    



Let's Read
DEN - Drug Education Network



During recent months we have had some of our longer term staff leave us to take up other prospects. We thank those staff for their years of contribution to YFCC and truly wish them the best for the next step in their careers. We particularly note the enormous contributions of our Operations Manager, Janine Phillis, who has not only had a significant positive impact on YFCC, but also the broader sector. Her work in developing effective collaborative partnerships, sector capacity building and project management has been outstanding.

Whilst those staff will indeed be missed, we are now presented with opportunities to view our business with fresh eyes. We welcome all new staff and look forward to continuing to work for our communities.  

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter. If you would like to contribute in our next edition, please contact us on reception@yfcc.com.au


Ros Atkinson




Until July 2012 I had spent 22 years as a Senator for Tasmania including 7 years mainly as a Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law and Assistant Treasurer. The main focus of my career had been superannuation in all its elements - policy design , regulation , administration , governance, investment as well as broader financial services. The responsibilities also included taxation and regulation of the Not for Profit sector.

 When I retired from politics I became a global advisor on superannuation (pensions) to Citi-Group and EY and Chair of FNZ  a technology and administration provider to financial services. I also sat on the Spotless Board until the recent takeover.



It is with great pleasure that Youth, Family & Community Connections welcome our newest staff members – Ebony Lambie & Margaret Grundy who will work in the Family Support Team.

Ebony steps into the Team Leader role and Margaret into a Family Support role. They both come to Youth, Family & Community Connections with an impressive amount of family support experience and are qualified Social Workers.

Ebony and Margaret will be working across the North West coast in the Integrated Family Support Services team.

 We welcome both Ebony and Margaret to YFCC and in particular to the IFSS Team.   



 Hi everyone,

It’s great to be part of the YFCC team. I have lots of questions for everyone over the coming  weeks as I get up to speed with all our programs,  services and partnerships. I’ve met many of you across various sites and what’s impressed me most is the passion everyone has for their roles and in particular for their clients. I know I’m going to enjoy working in this role.

 A little about my background and history, I worked previously with the O group for over 11 years, 5 years in an Operations Manager role with the focus of the services centred around employment, apprenticeships, training, disability support and business consultancy. I also have extensive experience in tender writing and project / contract management.

I’m married to Lynn and we have 4 grown up children, 3 grandchildren and our dog called Archie. I’m a Melbourne and Latrobe footy supporter and  very pleased I finally have something to get excited about at AFL level. Go the Dees.

Graham will be based in our Devonport office on a part-time basis.

We welcome Graham Marshall to YFCC.



Did you know we regularly run a variety of programs and activities aimed specifically for 10-18 year olds?

From both our Burnie & Devonport Junctions during school term we offer weekly afternoon activities known as ‘Arvos’ which involve providing a safe space for tweens and teens to hang out and engage with staff and services.  Each activity is programmed to address things like socialisation, living skills and self-esteem.



During the last half of 2016 the worker was referred a client who was living in a remote area of Tasmania. At the beginning of the therapeutic relationship the client stated that she wanted to abstain from drinking and cannabis use. When the client first engaged she was living with her husband, but stated that she had no love for him and that the marriage had always been one of convenience where two lonely people married for company. 



ParentsNext is travelling along well. Caseload is steadily growing; and our list of activities and programs designed around helping parents of young children to be work ready is also building to reflect the progression of our Clients.



Name: Wendy Smith

YFCC Service Area: Transitional Accommodation Team Leader

Location: Devonport & Burnie

Length of time working with YFCC: 17 years



Registrations are in and there are teams of Tasmanian students and young people busy working away on their short films that address the theme of bullying




Devonport Linc - Festival of Learning

September is the Festival of Learning month in Devonport run by the Learning Communities Steering Group. This year there are approximately 150 events across the city in September for the Festival of Learning up from 33 events last year. All events will be published in a Festival of Learning program by the Devonport City Council which will be available online and 500 copies also in hard format.


Community Drug Meeting

The Drug Education Network and YFCC recently held a community drug meeting at Hellyer College in Burnie.  It was great to see community members attending to learn about the fantastic local programs happening in the region that build protective factors and reduce risk factors for preventing harm from drug use.  


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