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Reconnect - Whyalla


Whyalla, 5600

Reconnect is funded by the Dept. of Social Services (DSS). The community-based program supports young people aged 12 - 18 who are experiencing homelessness or at at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing family conflict, living in or attending school in the Whyalla catchment area. Reconnect aims to prevent homelessness by providing accommodation, counselling, mediation and support, with a strong emphasis on family reconciliation and community engagement. Young people can either self-refer, or be referred by anyone with links to the young person including family members; friends; schools; police and youth justice; housing and accommodation services; Centrelink; and other community services.

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The young people that Reconnect works with face a variety of issues including:

  • Unstable accommodation and housing
  • Poverty and financial hardship
  • Domestic violence and family crisis
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Parental unemployment
  • Disengagement from education
  • Mental and physical health issues
  • Challenges of being a newly arrived refugee, and a survivor of torture and trauma.

The program ensures young people and their families are provided with access to a wide variety of networks and services to support their needs including:

  • Education programs and services
  • Centrelink and employment services
  • Housing and accommodation services
  • Life skills development programs
  • Mental health and health support and services
  • Parenting support, education programs and services.
  • Who we assist

    We assist young people who are aged 12 - 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their families.

    Eligibility criteria

    To access Reconnect, you must be 12-18 years of age, be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing family conflict. This program is voluntary.

    Referral process

    Clients can self-refer or can be referred by other agencies / family members by contacting the service by phone or in person.

    Reconnect - Whyalla location

    Contact us

    80B Essington Lewis Avenue Whyalla SA 5600
    Phone number
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    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Our founding purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'