What is Street Connect?
Street Connect is a program that aims to make connections with marginalised young people who gather regularly in public places and engage them in positive life changes.
The service is provided by a team of Youth Workers who provide daily outreach via the Mobile Youth Resource Centre (the Street Connect Outreach Bus).
What our Youth Workers do
Our Youth Workers meet with young people on the streets, forming positive working relationships and providing informal counselling, referral to other helpful services, advocacy, crisis intervention and follow-up support.
They also assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities in relation to their use of public space. The outreach bus is stocked with information on services and referral resources, and also provides food and useful items including:
- freshly made sandwiches
- pregnancy tests
- first aid kits
Why it's important
There is a proven need for assistance and guidance for young people who are sleeping rough. Research has indicated a tendency for such young people to eventually slide into substance abuse, mental health problems, and self-harm without professional intervention. Typically these young people have experienced family breakdown or drug and alcohol issues – these are not problems that they can resolve on their own, they need to be overcome with professional support.
Street Connect ultimately works to reduce the amount of time homeless young people spend on the streets. The program provides both crisis intervention and follow-up support.
Who is Street Connect for?
Street Connect assists, supports and educates 15-25 year old homeless and street-present young people in the Perth Inner City area. Street Connect is a mobile program that actively seeks out clients in need.
During the day the Street Connect Mobile resource Centre is located in Perth CBD.
Please call 0418 942 475 to find out where the Street Connect Team are based each day.
You can also reach this service from our main East Perth office.
|Phone:||1300 11 44 46|
|Address:||Geoffrey Sambell Centre, 23 Adelaide Tce, East Perth 6004|