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Meet our Foster Carer: Mez

Friday, 20 April 2018
Mez is a single mum to a young daughter and has been a foster carer with Barwon Child, Youth & Family since her daughter was only six months old. Becoming a foster carer was something Mez had always wanted to do once she had her own children. When she was pregnant with her daughter she...

New Playgroup starting term 2 at Newcomb Park Primary

Friday, 23 March 2018
Playgroups are a great way for young children to experience new ways of playing and practise interacting with other people. They are also very helpful to connect parents with other families in their community, to create networks, share different experiences and make new friends. In term 2 2018,...

Barwon Community AOD Hub opens

Friday, 23 March 2018
Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health, officially opened the new Barwon Community AOD Hub in Gordon Avenue, Geelong West on Thursday 22 March 2018. Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) Board Chair John Frame said the contemporary new facility is improving the integration of alcohol and...

Join us at the 2018 headspace Geelong Business Charity Luncheon

Tuesday, 20 March 2018
The Rotary Club of Belmont and Community Partners (Geelong Cats, Bendigo Business Bank, Morris Finance and BCYF) are again holding the headspace Geelong Business Charity Luncheon to “make a difference” to the health and wellbeing of the young people of Geelong aged 12-25 years old....

BCYF delivering new suicide prevention program 'The Way Back Support Service'

Tuesday, 06 March 2018
We are now delivering a new program in Geelong that supports people through the first critical weeks following a suicide attempt in the Barwon region. The Way Back Support Service, designed by beyondblue, is a suicide prevention program that supports people during the critical three-month period...

The Geelong Project Interim Report shows a 40% reduction in the number of homeless young students in Geelong

Friday, 16 February 2018
The Geelong Project – Interim Report was released today and has revealed it is producing unprecedented results in preventing ‘at-risk’ young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early. The first three years of The Geelong Project...

Meet our Foster Carers: Amanda & Jessie…

Thursday, 15 February 2018
Amanda and Jessie both come from very big families and feel happiest when their home is full, so made the decision to become foster carers with Barwon Child, Youth & Family over a year ago. They wanted to become foster carers to help give children a home where they feel safe and loved....

Colac East Kindergarten upgrade complete

Thursday, 01 February 2018
Our Colac East Kindergarten have welcomed children beginning term 1 into their newly upgraded facility this week. The Kindergarten has undergone a complete refurbishment to increase the service capacity to educate and care for more children. Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) CEO Sandy...

BCYF join Geelong leaders to speak out against family violence

Tuesday, 05 December 2017
Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) took another major step forward in helping to address the stamping out of family violence in our community, by signing a Statement of Commitment acknowledging family violence is unacceptable.
The initiative, developed by the City of Greater Geelong,...

New Local Drug Action Team formed in the Barwon region

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
A new federal government grant will bring a number of key community groups together to form a new Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) in the Barwon Region, to help tackle the impact of alcohol and drugs on young people. “Through the LDAT funding, Barwon Child, Youth & Family and its...

NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention Services begin!

Monday, 02 October 2017
Today we officially begin delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention Services (ECEI) for children aged 0-6 years across the Barwon region for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). As the community partner delivering the NDIS ECEI services for the community, BCYF will draw on its...

2017 Cheryl Flanagan Foster Care Award

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
The 2017 Cheryl Flanagan Foster Care Award was presented on Friday 8 September at the BCYF Foster Carer thank you morning tea, held as part of the organisations Foster Care Week celebrations. Now in its 4th year, the annual award honours the memory of Cheryl Flanagan whose...

Street Surfer Bus

Friday, 19 May 2017
Wednesday 17th May saw the launch of BCYF”S Street Surfer Bus in partnership with Adroit Insurance Group, Geelong Community Foundation and the Geelong Cats. The Street Surfer Bus has had a significant presence in the community since 2010, under founding agency Barwon Youth. However, it...

Resilient Kids Geelong

Wednesday, 03 May 2017
Resilient Kids Geelong aims to create a community that supports families to develop resilient children.   Resilience is defined, as ‘the capacity people have to cope, learn and thrive in the face of change, challenge or adversity’ (Ref. Department of Education and Training...

Barwon Child, Youth & Family - Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Thursday, 20 April 2017
Today, Barwon Child, Youth & Family launched its new Strategic Plan 2017-2020.  The event held at the Cats Community Centre, provided an overview of our new Strategic direction to our partners, funders and other community stakeholders. The Plan is a culmination of many months of...
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