Veritas House

A not-for-profit, community organisation providing mentoring, youth work and parenting services for young people and families in the Central West.

Who we are

Veritas House is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation established in Central Western NSW more than 35 years ago. It has become one of the largest providers of foster care, youth homelessness and early intervention family support services in the region, supporting more than 600 children, young people and their families each year.

Where we operate

Central West: Bathurst, Lachlan Valley, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange

Who we can help

Secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

What we do

Our qualified and experienced youth and family workers provide a range of support services for children, young people and their families. Our service models are evidence-based and focus on early-intervention. With offices in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo, we use our well established connections and partnerships with local services to provide responsive, culturally-sensitive and holistic services.

Mentoring

We offer several mentoring programs for individual students identified at risk of disengaging from school. Through these programs, we assist young people build their social skills, resolve conflict and manage crisis independently through mentor-like relationships with caseworkers. Young people who have stable housing, self-respect, resilience and connection to community are better equipped to engage with education. They include:

  • Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP)
    Helping 12 to 15 year olds experiencing or at risk of homelessness to reconnect with their families and support networks, or facilitating their transition to accommodation
  • Youth Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS)
    Case management, outreach and onsite services for young people with an emphasis on assisting with education and training while addressing housing, family and living skills
  • Premier’s Youth Initiative (PYI)
    Personal advice, education and employment mentoring to help 16 to 17 year olds live independently and secure housing
  • Permanency Support (PS)
    Out of Home Care
  • Non Placement Support Services (NPSS)

One-to-one mentoring is provided by youth workers who conduct a needs assessment to inform an individualised case plan. Through case management, the youth worker supports implementation of the case plan covering areas of focus that may include:

  • Relationships and connections with family, kin, friends, community and culture
  • Safe and secure accommodation
  • Education, training and employment
  • Physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Risk taking behaviours
  • Age appropriate living skills.

All services can either be delivered in-school or off-site at our offices in Bathurst or Orange. It is involves two hours a week face-to-face and one hour case coordination, per term. Transport to attend appointments with other services can also be arranged.

Costs: Pricing is determined complexity of services required and is approximately $1,680 per student per term.

Youth Work

Individualised Youth Work
This program is for students requiring early intervention strategies to assist them remain at school or improve attendance. Our individualised youth work programs assist young people build their pro-social skills, resolve conflict and manage crisis independently through trusted relationships with youth workers. This involves average about three hours per week term and are provided by qualified youth workers who develop a tailored case plan based on a needs assessment. This service can either be delivered in-school or off-site at our Bathurst or Orange offices. Transport to attend other support services can also be arranged. Focus areas may include:

  • relationships and connections with family, community and culture
  • accommodation
  • education, training and employment
  • physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • risk taking behaviours
  • age appropriate living skills.

Our Resourceful Adolescent Program – for Adolescents (RAP-A) This is a group training program designed to build student resilience. RAP-A integrates both cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal approaches to improve coping skills and build resilience to promote positive development. The cognitive-behavioural component provides the techniques of keeping calm, cognitive restructuring and problem solving. The interpersonal component stresses the importance of promoting harmony and dealing with conflict and role disputes by developing an understanding of the perspective of others. Resourceful Adolescent Program – for Adolescents (RAP-A) is delivered by qualified RAP-A Facilitators via 11 sessions of 50 minute duration, generally with groups of 8-16 students. This service can either be delivered in-school or off-site at our Bathurst or Orange offices. Transport to attend other support services can also be arranged.

Costs: Youth Work Service pricing is determined by the complexity of the young person and the frequency/intensity of services required, but as a general guide based on other funded programs would be estimated at approximately $1,680 per student per term. RAPA cost per 11-week program is $1,425 plus $20 per student for participant materials and expenses.

Parenting programs

Our parenting programs focus on improving family relationships, reducing conflict and re-engaging/maintaining a young person’s participation in family, education and the community. They include:

Tuning Into Teens Parenting Program: A group program which assists parents understand their 12-14 year-olds’ emotional experiences and teaches specific skills to assist in being supportive, empathic and staying connected with the young person. Our qualified facilitators deliver 2 hour sessions over 6 weeks with groups of 12-16 parents delivered at our Bathurst and Orange offices.

Costs: Tuning Into Teens cost per 6-week program is $1,100.

Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents (RAP-P): A group program which helps parents boost the self-esteem of their adolescents and themselves; and to manage their negative emotional overreactions to their adolescents and their adolescents' emotional overreactions to them. Our facilitators deliver 2 hour sessions over 3 weeks with groups of 12-16 parents at our Bathurst and Orange offices.

Costs: RAP-P cost per 3-week program is $550 plus $20 per student for participant materials and expenses.

Veritas’ Child, Youth and Family Support Services: This program provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to vulnerable families by providing:

  • Flexible support through strengths-based action planning
  • Support to access mainstream and specialised services
  • Support to build connections in the local community
  • Individualised parenting support.

Our Family Support services are provided by qualified Family Workers who develop a tailored case plan based on a needs assessment, covering: household relationships, domestic/family violence,  education/vocational training/childcare, employment/income supports, physical health, disability, mental health and emotional wellbeing needs, Legal and other support services, community connections. Family Support services can be delivered in the family home in the Bathurst and Oberon region (average 3hours per week/term).

Costs: Parenting Program Service pricing is determined by the complexity of the family needs and the frequency/intensity of services required, but as a general guide based on other funded programs would be estimated at approximately $1,680 per student household per term.

Contact details

Jody Pearce
Jody.Pearce@veritashouse.org.au
(02) 6332 3882

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