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Helping Young People Engage (HYPE) is an early intervention community initiative established in Broome in 2003. The program is designed to reduce young people’s presence in public spaces at night, reduce young people’s contact with the juvenile justice system, promote young people’s connection to their community and improve the overall wellbeing of young people.
HYPE operates on Friday and Saturday nights until late, engaging young people who are located on the streets at night during peak times of anti-social behaviour. The program operates out of a bus that patrols public areas of Broome where young people are known to hang out. Staff engage with young people at these sites, develop positive and respectful relationships and make sure that the young people are transported to a safe space. HYPE also supports the Chilling Space program, ensuring that participants are safely transported home from the nights activities.
The Indigenous Early Learning and Parenting Group offers a supported playgroup for children that is based on the principles of ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework.’ It’s run by an early years learning facilitator and two play helpers. Staff support healthy early childhood development and school readiness and developing parents’ awareness that they are their child’s first teacher. They create a safe and non-confrontational setting for families to build peer support networks and engage in relevant workshops and activities. A range of other local community organisations are involved in running sessions with the group. While the group is based at the Drop in Centre, they go on regular outings. Transport is available for families and morning tea and lunch is provided.
The Men’s Health & Wellbeing (MHWB) Program is based at Hamersley St and delivers a range of programs to support men and their families. Further programs include counselling and case management to support men with complex needs including homelessness, alcohol & other drugs, mental health issues and relationship issues.
Time to Work Employment Service (TWES)
Time to Work Employment Service (TWES) is a contract with Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), to work with Aboriginal offenders making the transition from prison to community life, in order to improve their chances of employment post-release.
This is done by MOSAC workers engaging on a voluntary basis with individual clients in the last 2-4 months of their prison sentence, in order to build a relationship of trust. This relationship enables an accurate assessment, via a Transition Plan, of each client’s capacity, and barriers to work. The workers also link the clients with specialist assessors and employment providers.
Men and Family Relationships (MFR)
Men and Family Relationships (MFR) is a contract with Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) under its Family and Relationship Services program. This service provides counselling, information, advocacy and referral services to vulnerable and disadvantaged men and their families, who are often dealing with complex challenges, including substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, and violence, as well as relationship breakdown.
Drop In provides a safe space (men only) for clients of the MOSAC Mens Health & Wellbeing program, and for any homeless, isolated or otherwise vulnerable men to build relationships with each other and/or MOSAC workers.
Other agencies use this space to deliver information and education sessions to the Drop In clients including Kimberley Mental Health & Drug Service.
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.
James Garnaut Horizon House in Broome provides support for young Aboriginal men aged 16 to 22 years who need long term accommodation and care. To be eligible for the St John of God Horizon House program, you must satisfy the following criteria:
Broome PCYC exists so that disadvantaged children and young people at risk across the Broome region have a safe place to go – somewhere they can feel at home, make friends and do things that young people should do.
Broome PCYC facilitates participation in sporting, recreation, cultural and community programs with an aim to encourage young people to achieve their best in life. The Centre caters to all ages through the provision of recreational activities such as boxing, gym classes and indoor soccer, and also delivers alternate education and diversionary programs.
Boab Health provide mental health services including:
StandBy is for people, families and communities who have lost loved ones, friends or colleagues to suicide. StandBy can help people bereaved recently as well as providing support to people and communities affected by suicide in the past.
headspace Broome is a free youth health service dedicated to supporting young people aged 12-25.
At headspace Broome they understand that sorting things out is not always easy, so to make things a little easier they offer a one stop shop with a variety of services to meet your needs.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID – 19 Headspace Broome are not supporting from their physical location. They will still be supporting young people through phone counselling and online options such as video conferencing.
Centacare Kimberley is able to offer people living with a mental illness the opportunity to access and maintain long term stable accommodation. Through a partnership with the Department of Housing, Centacare Kimberley is able to register a limited number of people on a dedicated waitlist that gives them priority access to a public or social housing tenancy.
To be eligible to access this program a person must have a diagnosed mental illness and be engaged with a medical practitioner (Doctor) or the Kimberley Mental Health Team in Broome. People who are in the Broome Mental Health Unit at Broome Hospital have priority access to this service, as the aim of the program is to support people with a mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Reconnect youth support officers provide support, informal counselling and preventative steps to address issues relating to homelessness. This is achieved through building positive, mutually-respectful relationships both individually and in group settings. Young people aged 12 -18 years old who are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless.
Pinakarra Youth Counselling Service assists youth with case management with one-to-one support, they develop and implement individual case management plans that target key underlying issues and priorities. They mentor and coach the individuals, giving them the confidence to achieve their goals. They continue to provide clients and families with the support they need. They assist youth with:
The SWSF is a program which provides a safe space for women who have been affected by family & domestic violence (FDV) to come together to reflect on their own understanding and experiences of FDV. Involvement in the SWSF gives the women an opportunity to positively contribute to the men’s program outcome by having:
Reclaiming Our Lives is a group program that supports women who have been or are victims of family and domestic violence. The program consists of eight two-hour sessions held at a safe venue, where you can share and talk openly about yourself, your relationships and your family. The program provides information about domestic violence but also encourages participating women to support each other emotionally and practically.
Legal Aid WA provides a wide range of services for family law and children’s matters. Services include:
If you think you may be eligible for Criminal Injury Compensation you can contact the Aboriginal Family Law Service for initial advice. If you appear to meet the criteria of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, they can assist you to prepare your application.
In some cases a person can ask for compensation even if they were not the direct victim of the offence. They can assist by:
The Aboriginal Family Law Services can assist people with their family law matters when there are children involved. They will represent clients in the Family Court WA, however much of their work involves helping clients to work out parenting agreements. Here are some things they can help with:
The Aboriginal Family Law Service can assist you prepare an application for a FVRO and will apply to the Court for an interim FVRO. If the other party opposes the making of a final FVRO they will assist you at a hearing.