Albany Community Care Centre – Men’s Shed

The ACCC provides services including the Men’s Shed program under the Commonwealth government’s Home and Community Care program.

The Men’s Shed hosts much more than woodwork – it’s a haven for blokes to enjoy a comfy chair, good company, a game of pool or maybe darts.

There’s tea and coffee on tap and a fridge to stock with cool drinks to go with the barbecue we’ll knock up for your lunch.

Salvation Army – Men’s Breakfast

Join the Salvation Army for a delicious cooked breakfast, guest speakers and good fellowship.

Goodstart Albany – Childcare Centre

Goodstart Early Learning Child Care Centre Albany is conveniently located near the heart of the Albany CBD. They are a purpose built service, with five large rooms, a kitchen and cook, and enough play space outdoors for children to discover and explore at their will. They have two Nursery Rooms where they tailor learning programs to suit the age groups of  foundation years.

  • Nursery 1 (6 weeks – 15 months)
  • Nursery 2 (15 – 24 months)
  • Toddlers room (2 – 3 years)
  • Preschool 2 2 (4 – 5 years).

Ragamuffins

Ragamuffins is a thirty place centre catering for children 0-5 years. All meals provided. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snack.

Rooms include:

  • Cheeky Monkeys 3 to 5 years
  • Little Hoots 2 to 3 years
  • Bitsy Bunnies 0 to 2 years

Albany Occasional Child Care Centre

Albany Occasional Child Care Centre has been operating for 30 years and provides day care services for children.

Max Employment Solutions – Albany

MAX Solutions offers a wide range of services these include: MAX employment which runs the Jobactive program. This provides training to people looking for work through their Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program. MAX Support runs programs for students living with a disability and Adult Migrant English Programs.

Forrest Personnel – Albany

Forrest Personnel specialises in helping people who are at least 14 but have not yet attained the Age Pension qualifying age. There is no charge for the service they provide to job seekers as funding is provided by the Department of Social Services (DSS) via a performance based funding model.

Great Southern DFES Office – Albany

DFES works in collaboration with Western Australian communities and other government agencies to help prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from diverse hazards including fires, cyclones and floods, to name a few.

South West Family and Domestic Violence Team

The WA Police can help you with a police order. A Police Order provides temporary but instant protection for a person who is being threatened, harassed or intimidated. It provides temporary relief to allow the opportunity for a person to attend court to obtain a Restraining Order.

They can also help you to get a Restraining Order, find a refuge or alternative accommodation. They can also refer you to support agencies such as Crisis Care, counselling services and legal services such as the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Legal Unit.

The Birdcage

The Birdcage is a Ladies social group that uses the Albany Menshed for a wide range of activities including Arts and Crafts.

The Birdcage is where members can meet, enjoy a Tea of Coffee, share experiences, participate in an activity or just have a chat in a friendly and safe environment.

Albany Community Foundation

The Albany Community Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation with the vision of assisting local people in our community who have fallen on hard times at no fault of their own. The ACF endeavours to support the local community in a wide range of activities from providing support to local individuals, families and community projects as well as filling gaps in funding and services for existing charities.

Albany Community Legal Centre

A Tenant Advocate provides a free service and can give information and support to anyone who lives in a private rental, public housing, community housing or park home.

A Tenant Advocate can help you with:

  • Residential Tenancy Databases (RTDs)
  • Making an application to rent a house
  • Property Condition Reports (PCRs)
  • Maintenance, repairs and rent reduction
  • Lessor or agent’s right of entry
  • Negotiating changes in Rent
  • Department of Housing 3 strikes rules
  • Bond money – and getting it back
  • What to look for before signing a tenancy agreement

Amity Health – Mental Health Counselling

Amity Health offers mental health care services to young adults, adults throughout the Great Southern region.  They can provide counselling to address emotional or behavioural challenges, anxiety, depression, stressful life events and any situation that may impact your mental well-being.

Hillside Family Practice

Hillside Family Practice are a private practice committed to promoting health, wellbeing and disease prevention with evidence based medicine, delivered to all patients with dignity and respect.

Services include:

  • Women’s Health
  • Men’s Health
  • Immunisations
  • Chronic disease and GP Managed Care Planning

Southern Regional Medical Group

The Southern Regional Medical Group is an Albany based general practitioners. Services include:

  • Anaesthetic Services
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Child Health
  • Chronic disease management & Preventative Health
  • Diabetes Education
  • Immigration Medicals
  • Influenza and childhood vaccinations
  • Medicine for Seniors
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Occupation & Corporate Health
  • Pregnancy Care & Family Planning
  • Sexual Health
  • Skin & Mole Clinics
  • Telehealth
  • Travel Health
  • Urgent “On the day” Appointments
  • Vasectomies
  • Veterans Care (DVA)
  • Women’s Health

Albany Youth Support Association – Albany Youth Outreach

Albany Youth Outreach provides early intervention and support to at-risk young people commencing secondary education, up to 18 years of age. With referrals accepted from partner agencies and individuals, the program provides:

  • Mentoring to enhance relationships with families and others
  • Referrals and support to access appropriate services
  • Support to establish connections to activities and the community
  • Advocacy and information
  • Support to actively and positively participate in Open Access arts activities

Priority is given to those with high support needs who are likely to have experienced multiple risks. The free and strictly confidential program is designed to prevent crises occurring in these young people’s lives.

Eligibility:

  • Young people aged between 12 and 18

Albany Youth Support Association – Reconnect

This free early intervention program for young people aged 12 to 18 years helps to build bridges and foster new ties between young people and their families. It also strengthens their connections with the community, and improves their engagement with work, education and training. Through Reconnect, outreach youth workers provide mentoring, advocacy, case management, family mediation, leadership and confidence activities, camps, and referrals to specialist services such as family counselling. Young people aged 12 to 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their families.

Albany Youth Support Association – SHOT

The Supported Housing Outreach and Tenancy (SHOT) program is for young people from 15 to 25 years of age who need housing support. Staff provide outreach to those living in AYSA’s six transitional houses, provided through the Southern Community Housing Association. Young people can stay in these houses for up to two years. SHOT youth workers help them access and engage in education, employment and training opportunities, setting them on the path towards financial independence.

Anglicare WA Albany – Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service

The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service aims to reduce the harmful effects of sexual abuse on children and their future. The service assists children to manage trauma and educates them about social skills and strategies that enable them to be safe and establish non-abusive relationships.

Counselling is available for children and their non-offending family members. This includes:

  • Children up to the age of 18 who have suffered sexual abuse
  • Children up to the age of 18 who are exhibiting sexualised behaviours
  • Children up to the age of 18 who have committed sexual abuse against others
  • Non-offending siblings and carers who have been affected by the sexual abuse or behaviour of a child who has been referred to the service

PCYC – Albany

Albany PCYC exists so that disadvantaged children and young people at risk in the Albany area have a safe place to go – somewhere they feel at home, make friends and do things that young people should do.

Programs include:

  • safeSPACE – Strike II: Friday evening diversionary program for young people aged 10 – 17 years. The program engages young people away from antisocial behavior through activities such as basketball, soccer, movies, skateboarding, pool tables and hang out areas. Participants are provided with transport home at the end of the evening to eliminate antisocial behavior.
  • Police Rangers: Police Rangers is an adventure based, youth development program which, in partnership with Cadets WA, facilitates the commitment of WA Police to form positive relationships with young people. Open to young people of high school age, the program increases youth self-confidence, leadership, team building skills and self-esteem.

State and National Services

Mensline

MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues. Mensline telephone support, online chat counselling

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assualt and domestic violence counselling service.

1800RESPECT provide support and counselling for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
  • Their friends and family
  • Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

They can be contacted by phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Suicide Call Back

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Suicide Call Back Service services include telephone chat services, online chat and video chat.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides mental health information and support for all Australiana. Beyond Blue services includes:

  • Telephone support
  • Online chat
  • Email support
  • Online forums

Lifeline

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They offer telephone, online chat and text support services. Telephone service are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rurallink

Rurallink gives easy telephone access to experienced community mental health staff, with a focus on supporting people with mental health issues.

It is a confidential service that meets the needs of the community and delivering continuous care and support where needed. The service provides a single point of contact providing information, advice, assessment, and where required, referrals to other mental health services.

Meth Helpline

The Meth Helpline is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s meth use.

eheadspace

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

Alcohol and Drug Support Line

Confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.

Pets in Crisis

The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own.

This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides counselling for men who are concerned about becoming violent or abusive. The service can provide:

  • telephone counselling
  • information and referral to ongoing face to face services if required

Information and support is also available for men who have experienced family and domestic violence

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes:

  • Phone counselling
  • Information and advice
  • Referral to local advocacy, support services, and safe accommodation if required
  • Support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence

Crisis Care Helpline

Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Call the Crisis Care Helpline when:

  • You need someone to help sort out a serious problem.
  • You are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
  • You are escaping domestic violence and need help.
  • You are homeless.

Entry Point Perth

Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options. For individuals and families based in regional Western Australia, they can:

  • provide information on accommodation and support options to assist people to seek their own accommodation
  • assess individual circumstances of people and families experiencing domestic violence and, if eligible, provide formal referrals to crisis accommodation and support options

The Job Shop

The Job Shop is a regional recruitment agency offering a range of employment options for temporary workers and Australian residents.

Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

Communicare Breathing Space Program

Communicare Breathing Space offers a behaviour change program to men who have been abusive in their intimate partner and family relationships. Their therapeutic community provides men with up to six months of accommodation while they undertake an intensive therapeutic program including educational group work, individual counselling and case management. Group work includes:

  • Men Relating Safely (men’s behaviour change programs)
  • Understanding Anger, Aggression and Emotions
  • Dadworx (Parenting/Fathering)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) support

The program supports men to make changes in a secure and supported therapeutic setting.

Samaritans

The Samaritans is a Western Australian based not for profit organisation providing telephone counselling for all sorts of worries including:

  • Relationship or family problems
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Financial worries or job-related anxiety
  • School, college or study-related stress
  • Illness – your own or someone you care for
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Thoughts of suicide.

Kidshelpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Kids Helpline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk to you. No problem is too big or too small to call Kids Helpline about.

Gambling Help Online

Gambling Help is support for anyone affected by gambling. Services include:

  • Free 24/7 chat and email counselling and support services
  • Professional counsellors with expertise in problem gambling and online services
  • A stepping stone for further help-seeking, including telephone and face-to-face gambling services

Qlife

QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.

Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Helpline is a specialist service which support adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, parents, partners, family and friends as well as the professionals who work with them.

Aborginal Family Law Service

Legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced domestic and family violence. They not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.

Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA offers free or low-cost legal services to the community. Legal Aid WA services include infoline and infochat.

Women’s Legal Service WA

The Women’s Legal Service WA is a free community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage. They can assist women with:

  • Family law (parenting related matters, divorce and some property settlement matters through their Legal Clinic)
  • Family violence (identifying and responding to family violence and restraining order matters)
  • Protection and care (matters involving the Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support Division)
  • Criminal injuries compensation (where it relates to family violence, assault or sexual assault).

Services Australia – Crisis Payment

To get this you must:

  • be eligible for an income support payment from us
  • be in severe financial hardship
  • have an extreme life change. You can get it if you:
  • are experiencing family and domestic violence
  • get out after 14 days from prison or psychiatric confinement as a result of an offence
  • are a Humanitarian Entrant into Australia for the first time
  • go through a natural disaster not covered by the Disaster Recovery Payment
  • are in Australia when the event occurred, and when you submit your claim
  • are eligible for an income support payment.

Services Australia – Farm Household Allowance

A payment for farming families in financial hardship.

To get this you must:

  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer, who spends a major part of your time and capital, working on the farm
  • meet the income and assets test limits
  • meet mutual obligation requirements. To get Farm Household Allowance (FHA) you must meet all the following:
  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer
  • be 16 years or older
  • contribute labour and capital to an Australian farm, or are the partner of a farmer who does
  • have income and assets below certain amounts
  • have had less than 4 years of FHA in the specific 10-year period.

National Debt Hotline

National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit service that helps people tackle their debt problems. Their financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service.

Your Toolkit

Your Toolkit is a free comprehensive online financial toolkit that is designed to help women facing domestic and family violence and financial abuse on their journey to more independent, confident and safe lives. Their website includes information on:

  • Centrelink and myGov account and support payments
  • Tools for managing your own finances (including budgeting and saving)
  • Financial assistance for living costs
  • Understanding financial areas such tax, superannuation, credit and insurance

MoneySmart

ASIC’s MoneySmart website is for all Australians – young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt.

They offer free, independent guidance. They have smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life:

  • losing your job
  • having a baby
  • divorce or separation
  • buying a home
  • losing your partner
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