CEO Message
New Team Member- Emergency Relief
National Youth Week 2019
Staff Profile
Summer School Holiday Programs Report
TASS Office Update

February 2019


My Choice App Launch
Mission Australia


We have well and truly settled into the New Year with strong indicators that we are in for another busy one. The upcoming Federal election is likely to bring further change.

Since our last newsletter YFCC has had further success in securing additional funding for our local communities. We have been fortunate to receive a grant through the Department of Social Services, Financial Wellbeing and Capability Program, to support eligible people to navigate financial crisis and build financial wellbeing, financial capability and resilience. Delivery of the Emergency Relief Program has commenced and covers the North West and West Coast regions. The program aims to provide assistance to people who are in receipt of, or who are eligible for, Centrelink payments and find themselves in an immediate financial crisis. We are able to provide vouchers for food, clothing or transport as well as assisting with specialist expenses such as health and education.

We are also very pleased to have renewed our partnership agreements with the Devonport City Council (DCC) and the Youth Coalition Agreement with Link Youth Health Service and Cornerstone Youth Services. The partnership with DCC provides opportunities for both parties to identify, facilitate and develop initiatives which respond to changing needs in the community. One outcome of this has been the partnering of DCC and YFCC to extend the delivery of the junction school holiday program in Devonport. The Youth Coalition Agreement provides a framework for working collaboratively to enhance the planning and delivery of youth services and youth participation in Tasmania.

In other exciting news, Brittany Chatwin, from our Youth Alcohol and other Drug team, has recently been nominated for two Tasmania Young Achiever Awards. Brittany started working with YFCC at 21 years of age developing drug education workshops and is now working in an Alcohol and Other Drug counselling role. Brittany is highly committed to supporting her clients and the broader communities in which she works. These are well-deserved nominations.

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


Julie has been appointed to the new position of Emergency Relief Program Project Worker. She started with YFCC at the end of January. Julie likes the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives.

She has always lived and worked in Northern Tasmania. With her husband, she has a long-standing involvement in local football. Together they have 5 children and in the past few years the family has grown to include 7 grandchildren (whom she loves to spoil in her spare time!)

Julie 1


We are excited to be celebrating Youth Week in April and sharing the achievements and contributions of our local young people. Youth Week is also a great week to engage with young people in our community and share with them the services and supports available to them. During Youth Week we will be hosting two events on the Coast as well as attending and sharing our services at many other events.



Name: Maddie Sheridan
YFCC Service Area: ATODS Team - RADS
Location: Burnie – West Coast – Circular Head
Length of time working with YFCC:
Almost two years

Maddie 2


The YFCC School holiday program ran from the 17th to the 31st of January with approximately 50 young people participating.

School holidays Jan 2019 1


December was an exciting month for both Burnie and Devonport offices.
Burnie office was painted throughout and a Heat pump installed by Housing Tasmania. Devonport office was also painted throughout by staff. Both offices are now looking lighter, cleaner and much more inviting for both staff and clients.
During the process both offices were decluttered making good use of the extra space created.
On a special note, our new Tenancy Officer DJ has really taken to this role and has brought his unique sense of humor to the offices.


Drug Education Network - Cultural Awareness Training (AOD Focus) 2019

The 'Cultural Awareness Training (CAT)' course is part of the Primary Health Tasmania 'wungana makuminya' project. To ensure equity of access to organisations across the state, the Drug Education Network (DEN) is currently accepting expressions of interest (EOI) for the last funded positions on this course. The eligibility criteria for the limited number of funded places are addressed in the EOI.


My Choice App Launch

The Launch of the My Choice App was on Thursday 14th February at the Junction in Burnie. The App provides information about topics such as sexual health, contraception, STI's, periods and respectful relationships.
If you download the app today you can go into the draw to win an Ipad. Click on Read More to to find out how to enter.

Mission Australia Programs

To see what Mission Australia are offering throughout 2019, please click the Read More button to find all the information on;

2019 Wonder Walks
2019 Training Calendar
MACS Family Handbook 2019
MACS North and North West Pamphlet
MACS Newsletter Jan/Feb 2019

If you would like to contribute to future YFCC eNewsletters, please email your contribution to: reception@yfcc.com.au

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