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The Upper Hunter Community and Youth Development Project provides support to youth services and providers in the communities of Singleton, Muswellbrook, Merriwa, Scone, Denman, Aberdeen and Murrurundi.

The YDO (Youth Development Officer) holds Bi – monthly Upper Hunter Youth Network Meetings which gives youth workers and professionals a forum to discuss youth related issues and equip them with the skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with young people. In addition the YDO plays an important role in identifying and understanding the needs of our young people and promoting positive perceptions.

The Upper Hunter Youth Development Officer is also a member of the Regional Youth Development Officer Network (RYDON) which plans and implements a conference every year to help support many regional youth services.

Furthermore, The YDO often provides assistance and encouragement to organisations running youth events and will advertise such events on the radio and in the newspaper.

Co-ordinator: Jesse Court

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Youth Development Project Directory

Health

Youth Beyondblue website Youth support for Mental Health
Hunter New England Health Pre-natal education, young parent support, sexual assult worker, speech pathologist
Counselling Services A variety of counselling services available across the Upper Hunter area

Support Services

Upper Hunter Youth Development Officer Ensures all young people have appropriate access to sevices and advocacy. 
Upper Hunter Homeless Support Phone: 02 6542-5051, Assists with short-term and permanent accommodation
Upper Hunter Family Support Service Support to parents who have children aged 0-12 years. 
Aboriginal Family Worker  Support to Aboriginal parents who have children aged 0-8 years. 
PCYC Fitness, sporting, educational & cultural activities
Upper Hunter Youth Services Muswellbrook Activity Centre for 10-18 yrs and their families Activities, Councelling and Support
Singleton Youth Venue Provides social and recreational opportunities for youth and their families
Upper Hunter Youth Services Scone, Merriwa and Murrundi Linking young people socially to connect with support services
Upper Hunter Shire Youth Council Students from Upper Hunter schools who meet to discuss issues relevant to young people and who also put on events
Samaritans Disability, youth, family, mental health & community services
Muswellbrook Library Borrowing, computer and internet access, free wifi, family history research facilities
Challenge Community Services Provide support and services to community members with a disability
Intellectual Disability Rights Service Specialist legal advocacy service for people with an intellectual disability. 
Endeavour Group Endeavour Group provides disability support and service
Disability Advocacy Provides advocacy for those people with diabilities
Ability Links Assisting people with a disability
Hunter Community Legal Centre Free legal advice to people
OCHRE,Opportunity Hub.Upper Hunter Provides Aboriginal young people with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between secondary school and further education and/or employment
Ungaroo Aboriginal Corporation Linking Aboriginal people to health services, training and education opportunities and art and cultural programs
Wanaruah Aboriginal Land Council Protects the interests and further the aspirations of the broader Aboriginal community
Compass Housing  Compass Housing primarily aims to alleviate the hardship of housing stress for low-to moderate-income-earning households
Police, Youth and DV Liaison Officer

Youth and DV liasion officer

Employment and Training

Aberdeen St Josephs High School
Merriwa Central School
Muswellbrook High School
Scone Grammar School
Scone High School
Singleton High School
St Catherines High School Singleton
Australian Christian College, Singleton
TAFE Australia’s largest regional vocational education and training provider
Youth Connections Worker, Joblink Plus Provides employment and welfare services, support and training
MAX Employment Provides government funded programs including job services Australia
Youth Express Linking young people with access to quality training and education opportunities

Hotlines

Alcohol and Drug Information 1800 422 499
Domestic Violence Hotline 1800 810 784
Homeless Persons Info centre 1800 234 566
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Legal Aid Youth Hotline 1800 10 18 10
Lifeline 131114
Pregnancy Helpline 1300 139 313
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Sexual Health Info line 1800 451 624

Welcome to Upper Hunter Community Services

Upper Hunter Community Services Inc. (UHCS) is a community based incorporated organisation primarily located in Muswellbrook to service to Upper Hunter region of NSW. UHCS was formed by the amalgamation of Upper Hunter Community Management Inc., Upper Hunter Community Training Inc. and Upper Hunter Family Support Service.

Visit About Us to find out more

QEII Community Centre
Corner Bridge & Market Streets
P.O. Box 231, Muswellbrook, NSW, 2333

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Phone: 02 6542 3555
Fax: 02 6543 1643

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9.00am – 4.00pm  
Wednesday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Manager: Mel Atkinson
Email: matkinson@uhcs.org.au

General Manager: Sue Milton
Email: manager@uhcs.org.au