The Youth Services team offers a range of support options for children and young people in the Jewish community. Our aim is to support young people to reach their potential, to develop the confidence to manage life’s challenges, and to feel valued and respected as members of our community. Programs offered include:
Our trained professional staff provide a range of practical and emotional support for young people. This can include assistance with employment, housing, finances as well as access to clinical support and where appropriate, referral to other organisations or resources.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
This program links children aged 9 -14 years with a volunteer ‘BIG’ (mentor) for a minimum period of 1 year. Through the friendship, trust and support of an older, positive role model, children have the opportunity to develop their confidence and self-esteem, gain new skills and new experiences, and know they have someone they can talk to and trust, outside of their network of family and friends.
Young Adult Mentoring
This program links young adults aged 15-30years with a volunteer mentor for a minimum period of 6 months. Through the connection with a mentor, a young person can work toward personal, study or work goals. A mentor can be seen as a brain to pick, a listening ear, or an encouraging push in the right direction.
JGirl Adolescent Workshops
JGirl is a 2 day interactive workshop for girls 11-14 years. The workshop provides girls with a range of skills and experiences to equip them as they transition through the adolescent years. Topics covered include building positive relationships with friends and family, nutrition, health and beauty, positive body Image, nurturing our inner creative self, and staying safe on social media.
Professional speakers share their expertise about topics pertinent to issues affecting young people. Previous seminars have been presented on topics such as cyber safety, building confident and resilient adolescents and promoting positive body image in young people. Talks are followed by question and answer time where parents may are given the opportunity to ask professionals on the panel questions and discuss the topic presented.