Broome Youth and Families HUB

We offer a variety of services and programs aimed at improving the social well-being of children, young people and their families.

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YOUTH PROGRAMS

BYFH offers a suite of exciting programs to engage young people in the Broome community. From our after-school Drop In centre, to our HYPE night patrols, we’re aiming to empower children, young people and families to reach their full potential. Currently we run the following programs: 

Monday Night Sport's Program
Day: Monday
Time: 3.00pm -5.30pm (12 -14 years olds)
Time: 5.30pm - 10.00pm (Seniors - 15+)

Drop In
Day: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time: 2.30 - 5:00pm
Age Group: 5-17 year olds

Life Skills Program: Little Kids Night
Day: Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Age Group 5-10 year olds

Life Skills Program: Big Kids Nights
Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Age Group 11-17 year olds

Chilling Space
Day: Friday (fortnightly) Saturday (weekly)
Time: 5-10 year olds: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Time: 11-17 year olds: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Camps
5 X Camps run per year
10-17 year olds (varying camps)

 

HYPE

Day: Friday and Saturday
Time: 5.30pm - 1:00am
Age: All children and young people 0-17 years old

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.    

During shift HYPE can be contacted on 0400 556 564.

PARENTING PROGRAM

Indigenous Early Learning and Parenting Group
Day: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Target Group: Indigenous Parents and Children 0-4 years, and Indigenous Parents with Children up to 12 years.

Our 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. Our staff support healthy early childhood development and school readiness and developing parents’ awareness that they are their child’s first teacher. We 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, we go on regular outings. Transport is available for families and morning tea and lunch is provided.

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Family engagement OFFICERS

2 x staff members, male and female
Target group: Parents/Guardians with children 0-12 year olds.

BYFH engage two staff members to work with parents and families with young children. Our staff provide a point of contact and a source of information for parents and expectant parents. We help promote the development of positive parent/child relationships through education, practical support and role modelling. We are also able to help with advocacy and referral information and pathways. In order to strengthen relationships, we work both individually and in group settings with our clients, encouraging our clients to participate in group work and community events.   

 

Youth Support Officers (Reconnect)

2  x staff members, male and female
Target group: Young people aged 12 -18 years old who are at risk of homelessness or who are 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. The staff encourage self-determination in young people to work towards their goals, promoting education and training. They also provide advocacy and assistance to access local referral pathways. Where appropriate, the youth support officers help to restore and maintain family relationships, working alongside families to strengthen their capacity to provide safe accommodation for young people in Broome.

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YOUTH HOUSING SUPPORT OFFICER

1 x female staff
Target group: 16-25 year olds who are at risk of being homeless or who are experiencing homelessness.

The youth housing support officer provides one-on-one case management to youth at risk of homelessness. This case management can involve informal counselling, practical support, linkage to service providers and support to restore and maintain family relationships where appropriate. The support officer can also advocate for the inclusion of eligible clients on to housing and priority housing lists and assist clients in maintaining tenancy.