Annual General Meeting

2018 - 2019

Chairperson's Annual Report

Another year has come and gone and I can honestly say that it has been one of our busiest with preparations for the Gold Coast Youth Foyer, which is designed to offer forty self-contained units located in Southport; the Street CRED Pilot Project; and the addition of a second Hub at Westfield Helensvale.
The team has worked extremely hard for all this to be achieved, along with keeping our existing programs operational and attending to the young people accessing our services daily. I am very proud that the service continues to evolve to cater for all young people while working collaboratively with other organisations and stakeholders to provide the best possible out-comes for our young people.
We have a caring and dedicated team working together to bring some meaning and resilience into the lives of young people. We are committed to this across all levels of the service, with our management, staff and programs, including:
  • Housing and Support Program
  • Youth Accommodation Program
  • Emergency Relief Program
  • Youth Access and Support Service
  • Mobile Support Service
  • Street CRED
  • Open Access
  • Resource and Development Service
  • Chill Out Zones—Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach
  • State and Commonwealth Emergency Relief Programs

Visit Us In Miami

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We are open Monday to Friday (exclusive of public holidays) from 9am to 5pm. Young people are welcome to access our free facilities from 9am to 3pm. Please check in on arrival to access our bathroom, kitchen, laundry, computer & clothing services.
We could not operate all these programs and cater and care for so many needy young people without the support of:
  • Department of Housing and Public Works;
  • Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women;
  • Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors;
  • Department of Social Services;
  • City of Gold Coast; and
  • The Gold Coast Community.
On behalf of the Management Committee, I would like to thank our manager, admin and staff for another successful year and for a job well done.
Thank you to the Gold Coast SUNS Football Club who have given many hours to our young people. Thank you to all our donors who have supported us once again during the year – we love you all!

A special big thank you to our Manager, Lesley Healy who is leaving the organisation after being the backbone for over 35 years. I have known Lesley for that length of time and she has shone through this organisation. She has held the fort for all those years and has done a wonderful job. She has seen staff come and go, young people becoming parents themselves and has maintained strong links with government and community over all those years. My love goes with her and I know she will enjoy her retirement. Thank you Lesley for everything.

To the members of the Gold Coast Youth Service, Management, Staff and Young People, I commend this report.

YASS Referral

Emergency Relief Program

There are many reasons why an individual or family could suddenly find themselves in financial crises. GCYS may be able to help.

If you are struggling with unmanageable debts, it’s important you act quickly – the first step in taking control of the situation is to ask for help.

Visit our Need More page and click on Financial Assistance for an additional list of services that can provide material aid, advice and support to help you manage your debts and get you back on track.

The Emergency Relief program provides financial and/or material support to meet the immediate need of people in financial crises. The program is open to all age groups.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the GCYS will continue to provide services however, we are asking people to make safe choices to help stop possible transmission. Therefore we are asking people not to come into the service and to call us instead where possible.