About St Francis Social Services
Centre 360 Youth and Family Service
Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service at Paddington, operating since 1978. The Centre provides individual and family counselling, advocacy, practical assistance, group work, and mentoring programs to highly disadvantaged young people aged 12-24 years and their families who either reside in or move through the inner city of Sydney and South-Eastern Sydney.
The Centre commonly works in the areas of trauma and loss, adolescent mental health, family difficulties and breakdown, family violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and juvenile and young adult offending. The Centre works to strengthen young people’s connection to their families and communities, enhance their well-being and resilience, and to help them achieve positive life outcomes such as good physical and mental health, healthy relationship skills, strong support networks, stable housing, employment, education, and training. The Centre operates a number of integrated projects.
Greenlight Movement (GLM)is a learn to drive program that assists at-risk young people to break the cycle of disadvantage whilst also providing an opportunity for empowerment, employment & social cohesion. Research has found that holding a licence and access to a vehicle improves access to employment opportunities, increases independence and reduces the burden on family members .
For each individual young person who completes the GLM program, the skills they learn and the benefits that come with them are life-long. Holding a licence means a young person meets the criteria for a greater number of employment opportunities as they are able to address the licence selection criteria and travel to a further destination to engage in employment activities.
House of Welcome
The House of Welcome (HOW), is committed to serve people seeking asylum who are living in the community. Clients come to HOW through word of mouth, by referral from another organisation and from other clients.
HOW operates a drop in centre and currently provides transitional accommodation and housing for approximately 100 refugees and asylum seekers in 23 properties. Staff and volunteers also offer a variety of support services such as case work, employment, financial assistance, foodbank, referrals, advocacy and community development programs for numerous clients across Sydney.
A number of clients cared for by HOW have been living in the community for an extended period of time without benefits. The stress of their journey thus far, their uncertain future and enforced poverty have devastating impacts, such as homelessness, poor health, isolation, family breakdown and mental health concerns.
Within this context, HOW plays a significant role in client-based advocacy working with various agencies, organisations and other client stakeholders.