New Futures for Young People

We enable vulnerable young people and families to navigate life challenges and
thrive in the community.

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    Brisbane Youth Service is a registered Tier 3 housing provider under the National Regulatory System - Community Housing. We assist homeless young people and young families to find and maintain safe, stable accommodation and to develop the skills needed to maintain their own property.

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    Health services

    The Medical Clinic is situated at the Valley Hub, 42 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley. It is a free, confidential service supporting young people with physical and mental health issues.

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    Emergency relief

    Brisbane Youth Service offers emergency relief services to help young people address immediate basic needs in times of crisis. Emergency relief can act as a safety net for young people experiencing homelessness who have limited means or resources at their disposal.

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    It is sometimes difficult for vulnerable young people to understand and negotiate with government and other institutions. Brisbane Youth Service supports young people in a range of ways by advocating for their needs with landlords, the Department of Housing, the Department of Education, Queensland Health, tertiary institutions, and Centrelink. We also support young people who are experiencing legal issues or involved in the justice system.

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    Support for Young Parents

    Many of our young clients are parents and have accompanying children. Our specialised staff at the Centre for Young Families provide innovative support and a positive approach to parenting.

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    Support for Young Women

    The Centre for Young Women offers young women the opportunity to meet with a team of dedicated women’s workers, operating as a safe women’s space.

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    JB's journey to independent living
    Before BYS I was living on friends’ couches and feeling like a burden on them and their families. I couldn’t return home as my mother was emotionally abusive towards me and I never felt I had a voice or was listened to. I ran out of friends’ couches to sleep on and I decided I needed more help so I searched the internet and found BYS...
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Latest publication

"In 2015-16 homelessness amongst young people supported by BYS reduced from 53% to 16.4%. This is one of many ways we are helping to create New Futures for Young People. As we look forward to our 40 year celebration next year, we are collectively very optimistic about the future of BYS and the young people we support."- Annemaree Callander, CEO

Annual Report 2015-2016

We are proud to present our 2015-2016 Annual Report. It features information about the activities of the past year, the great outcomes young people are achieving, as well as some very inspirational stories. We invite you to have a read and learn more about the work we are doing with vulnerable young people in Brisbane.

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Latest news

  • BYS's 40 year history
    Posted Jul 18, 2017

    Brisbane Youth Service’s 40 year history

    On a summer's evening, 30 November 1976, a meeting was convened by Rev Bob Griffiths and Rev Lin Reilly at the City Congregational Church. The small gathering was attended by delegates from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the City Congregational Church , St Stephen's Cathedral and the Wesley Central Mission who agreed to sponsor a new project entitled the "Brisbane Youth Service". That meeting marked the beginning of Brisbane Youth Service, over 40 years ago. The new organisation in the early days had little or no funding, no premises and no paid staff but still managed to provide new futures for young people in Brisbane.

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    Posted Jul 05, 2017

    Launch of Daggy Jumper Day 2017

    We had a daggy extravaganza at Brisbane Youth Service for the launch of Daggy Jumper Day 2017. Daggy Jumper Day is our premiere fundraising event with all funds raised supporting young people aged 12-25 and their families.

    Daggy Jumper Day - winter's uncoolest day - will take place on Friday 28 July but you can register now to participate. We want individuals and teams to get sponsored for wearing a daggy jumper or holding a daggy themed event.

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    Posted Jun 27, 2017

    Church Street Mural

    To celebrate our 40th Anniversary this year, we have been researching our history. This is the story of what happened to our mural at Church Street.

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