Leaving Care Info
If you are leaving or have left out-of-home care in Victoria, there is plenty of help available to you. Below is a sample of the many free services you can reach out to.
Leaving Care Helpline
If you’re aged 16 to 21 years and have left out-of-home care in Victoria, Melbourne City Mission operates a leaving care enquiry telephone and email service for the DHHS. You can call their Leaving Care Hotline to speak to someone for advice, for a referral to local support services, or just a friendly chat. Some of the issues they can help you with include:
• Wanting to stay in education or return to studying.
• Needing help to look for a job, or apply for on the job training.
• Needing help or advice to keep a current job.
• Needing help to find accommodation or stay in existing accommodation.
• Wanting support to re-connect with family.
• Needing some financial help to maintain independence, if you’ve already left care.
Leaving Care Hotline: 1300 532 846
You can also email: email@example.com
10 am to 8 pm weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and public holidays.
DHHS Leaving Care Services
Leaving Care has a range of services and supports that can assist young people aged 16 to 21 years of age to transition from out-of-home care. You can find out more, and see what Leaving Care programs might be available to young people leaving care, on the DHHS leaving care webpage at https://services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/leaving-care
The Create Foundation’s CREATE Your Future is a life skills program designed to assist young people in the transition to independence from out-of-home care. The program is designed to develop confidence and stretch comfort zones, helping you to learn new skills or try new things in a in a safe environment.
To get involved, give your local state or territory office a call by phoning 1800 655 105 or email clubCREATE@create.org.au
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, and the leading policy advocate on young people’s issues in Victoria. Its vision is for a Victorian community that values and provides opportunity, participation, justice and equity for all young people.
Become a member here, and receive their fortnightly email bulletin, Announce, which lists upcoming events, jobs, forums, training and opportunities for and around the youth sector.
Youth Support + Advocacy Service
Youth Support + Advocacy Service is a not-for-profit agency that enables highly vulnerable and high-risk young people with substance dependence and misuse issues, mental illness and social disconnection to take control of their health and wellbeing.
Telephone: 1800 014 446 (24 hours)
The YouthCentral website offers a range of helpful information and advice on issues like jobs, study, travel, money and events in your local area – wherever you live in Victoria – while also offering opportunities for you to participate.
Springboard is an intensive support service for young people transitioning from residential out-of-home care who are not engaged in education, training or employment.
Support for Aboriginal young people
The ‘Transitioning from Out-of-home care: Support for Aboriginal young people’ initiative aims to provide a model of culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal young people transitioning to independence/interdependence from out-of-home care, including kinship care from 16 to 21 years of age.
The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (the allowance) is one-off practical support from the Australian Government to assist some young people who are making the transition from formal and informal care to independent living.