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The Young Women’s Programme (YWP) aims to provide safe and affordable short to medium term accommodation for young women 16-25 years of age who are homeless, at imminent risk of homelessness or who need transitional support in becoming independent. The Programme specialises in accommodating and supporting young women and their babies and single women who require accommodation and independent living support. Clients can reside at the programme for up to 18 months.

The Young Women’s programme accepts two types of referrals, Variety or Penny Jones Program.

Variety is for young women who currently or have had previous involvement with the Department of Communities.

Penny Jones House is for young women with or without children who require more support from the staff as well as support learning independent living skills. Current or prior Departmental involvement is not a requirement

During their stay at the Young Women’s Programme, the young women are supported to develop a support plan to assist with goal setting and addressing any issues that might impact on functioning as an individual and/or mother. The primary goal is to work with the young women until they can return home or, where appropriate, move to more stable long-term accommodation.

This Programme offers support and education with assisting mothers and single women to further develop their parenting skills and to further develop independent living skills including budgeting, cooking, cleaning and contributing to a shared household. The Young Women’s Programme accepts self-referral, referrals from family and/or professionals involved with the young women.

Unfortunately, the service is unable to accommodate young women with chronic substance abuse and/ or acute mental health issues. All clients need to have basic skills to live on their own.

Services that WE can PROVIDE

  • Parenting support
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling
  • Pregnancy support

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