No-one should be homeless and alone at Christmas. To give young people the best possible chance of creating a future they deserve; we need your help today.

The pandemic has affected us all, but young people have been disproportionately impacted. Increased domestic and family violence, housing instability, drug and alcohol use, unemployment and social isolation have resulted in even more young people having no safe place to turn to.

 

*Blake’s Story

“I was homeless, sleeping on the street. People would steal my things and sometimes I would get beat up. I had no friends and my family stopped talking to me.

Things are better now.

I was coming to BYS for about a year and a half. I had no friends and was getting into trouble with the police all the time; I had so many charges and thought I was going to jail. I was homeless, sleeping on the street. People would steal my things and sometimes I would get beat up.

My BYS workers made sure I always had food and was as safe as possible. They would help me get clean clothes and fix my cuts and bruises. The clinic would clean my wounds and make sure I had medication when I needed it. They helped me with getting appointments and made sure I got to court and stayed out of jail. Before helping me find accommodation, they spent a lot of time looking for me when I was on the streets; to make sure I was safe.

They always stuck with me, even when I was a mess. They cared about me.  was quite surprised that places like BYS existed. 

I am doing a lot better now.

My life is different now. I thought I was going to jail and didn’t care about myself. Now I am healthier, I have a good house and I am doing different things that I like. I go fishing now and do fun, normal stuff. ”

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 The pandemic has affected us all, but young people have been disproportionately impacted. Increased domestic and family violence, housing instability, drug and alcohol use, unemployment and social isolation have resulted in even more young people having no safe place to turn to.

Calls to BYS for support doubled during COVID-19 and continue to increase, with 80% of the enquiries relating to homelessness or housing needs. 

As demand for our services continues to grow, we need your help now more than ever.  

For 43 years BYS has been working to create new futures for vulnerable and at-risk young people aged 12-25 years, providing free, confidential services including:

  • crisis and transitional housing
  • medical clinic
  • mental health and drug and alcohol programs
  • specialist young women’s services
  • parenting and family assistance
  • emergency relief

Each year we are seeing more young people, like *Blake, reaching out for support and in need of urgent assistance.

Donate today and your kind gift will provide vital services and assistance that help to empower young people as they work to get back on their feet, moving forward on their journey towards a better, brighter future. THANK YOU!

*Blake, 18 years old (name changed to protect identity)