Armadale Youth Accommodation Service (AYAS) is a short term crisis accommodation setting that accommodates “at risk” or “homeless” young people between the ages of 15 and 20. AYAS is a six bed facility that can accommodate three males and three females for a period of up to three months. Young people that are accommodated at AYAS present with an array of issues including:
- Homelessness (often the primary issue)
- Exposure to domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Mental health
- Sexual abuse
During their stay at AYAS the young people are provided with a safe environment to live. The youth workers assist and encourage young people to make positive changes in their lives by informal counselling, referring to services that can assist them with their many issues, teach independent living skills, inclusive of cooking, cleaning, maintaining gardens and most household chores that many don’t know how to do. Staff also link young people with other services that can assist with longer term accommodation.
AYAS has a mixture of full-time and part-time residential youth workers, a part time drug education support worker who does educational programmes about the harms of drugs and alcohol and also educates the young people about harm minimisation when using alcolhol and drugs. Our drug education worker also undertakes thereauputic activities with young people inclusive of art therapy, meditation and relaxion, she also takes the young people on low cost recreational outings. All clients at AYAS have one worker to assist them with daily/ weekly supports, although all staff work with all the young people within the service.
AYAS also has 2 transitional units that can accommodate 2 young people in each. These units are longer term accommodation for up to 12 months living independently, though they still have support from the staff at AYAS on a weekly to fortnightly basis dependent on the clients needs.
Parkerville WA 6081