Detour identifies and addresses the root-causes of homelessness risk factors for young people, aiming to permanently divert them away from homelessness and get them back on track.
Detour Youth Coaches work with newly homeless young people and those at risk of homelessness to enable them to access and develop resources, strengthen their family and social networks and enhance life opportunities. They can provide access to intensive support – including family mediation, links to counselling and community support, and access to accommodation options (e.g. Kids Under Cover). They will help stabilise employment and education and provide ongoing youth coaching/case management support.
The program provides access to integrated services with individually tailored support packages.
The support packages are tailored to address the individual needs and provide extended family, school and community support
Detour’s Primary Objectives are:
Eligible young people are aged between 12 and 25, newly homeless or with risk factors of homelessness (e.g. financial stress, relationship breakdown etc.), have connections in the North and West metro Melbourne or Greater Shepparton and Moira Shire regions, and want to work with our service.
For more information about Detour, or to receive a referral form contact a Detour worker at Kildonan UnitingCare on (03) 5831 6157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Detour innovation project is based in the inner western metropolitan region of Melbourne- Sunshine (employed by Melbourne City Mission) and the Hume region- Shepparton (employed by Kildonan UnitingCare).
Visit the Detour website for further information.
Detour homelessness early intervention and prevention program is delivered in partnership with Melbourne City Mission and Kids Under Cover and is an initiative under the Victorian Department of Human Services’ Homelessness Innovation Action Projects .
The program also works with Centrelink and local schools.