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  BCYF: Stronger together  
Dear Andrew

10 months on

Integration and collective impact paying dividends

At the launch of Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) last August we made a number of commitments to the community, to the sector, to our funders, and clients. One of these commitments was that the merger would increase opportunities for integration of services to allow us to deliver a more seamless service system for clients.

The outcomes identified in this publication are just some of the meaningful examples of how that commitment is starting to pay dividends for BCYF, our partners and the community. 

On behalf of everyone at BCYF we would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support and collaboration as together we strive for a community where people are safe, connected and empowered to live well.

Sandy Morrison
Chief Executive Officer

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BCYF to operate headspace Geelong


BCYF are pleased to announce that we have been selected to operate headspace Geelong as of 1 July 2016. 

Jason Trethowan, Western Victoria PHN’s chief said "Barwon Child, Youth & Family have a long history in providing high quality and accessible services for young people and families who need support most, consistent with the services offered by headspace."


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The Geelong Project model a 'social innovation' in service delivery

Project identified as leader in call for reform of youth homelessness policy

The Geelong Project, a partnership between schools and youth services across Geelong and led by BCYF, has been described in The Costs of Youth Homelessness in Australia (CYHA) report as a ‘social innovation in service delivery.’

The model in Geelong, it is now being piloted in two locations in New South Wales with a further seven foreshadowed in the near future. BCYF staff have also been sent to Canada and the United States to assist with the growing interest in the model there.


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BCYF to expand services in Colac and Winchelsea


BCYF has been awarded a contract to stretch our placement prevention programming to Colac, the first time this program type has been funded for this community.

Winchelsea too will see growth in BCYF’s involvement in their community where further services beyond the existing Early Years programming offered by BCYF will soon be delivered.


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Region's premier alcohol and drug service facility to be established


BCYF and the Stepping Up Consortium are partnering to establish the regions premier alcohol and drug services facility on the back of a successful joint funding application announced at BCYF headquarters.

The grant combined with co-contributions from BCYF and Stepping Up will allow them to alter the existing physical space to create disability access, and establish a mix of work areas, including; utilities for counselling, day programming, group work, family work, clinical work and the ICE Day program.



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BCYF performs well in accreditation


BCYF would like to thank Austin Paterson, Katie Hooper (Foster Care Association of Victoria), Kathryn Howe (Bethany Community Support) and Shelly Cross (Stepping-Up Consortium) for providing stakeholder feedback to the Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) Team as part of our recent accreditation process.  We are very pleased that just ten months post-merger, we have achieved full accreditation against both the QIP and DHHS Standards.


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Barwon Child, Youth & Family
12-14 Halstead Place
Geelong West, Victoria, 3218

P: 03 5221 4466
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