Children and young people

Advantage Refugee Tennis Program

A program to encourage refugee youth to learn tennis and to link in with the club's junior development program. Run by Grange Lawn Tennis Club, with support from the Multicultural Communities Council of SA

At: Kentdale Street, Grange
Tel: +61 8 8353 6296

Beach and water safety

Surf Lifesavers provide beach and water safety via surf rescue service, club patrols, education and community training. For young people aged between 12 and 25 who are new arrivals to Australia. Run by Surf Life Saving SA and local councils.

At: 219 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville
Tel: +61 8 8354 6900
Email: surflifesaving@surfrescue.com.au

Bikes for Refugees      

Provides free second hand bicycles for humanitarian entrants, and their family/household members. Also, free or low cost bicycle repair/maintenance/advice. Bike repairs are in Western suburbs (Plympton) & north-eastern suburbs (Campbelltown).

Bikes for Refugees

Child and Youth Health

Provides health checks (for children aged 0-12), hearing and vision screening, behaviour management, parent information and support, parent education groups, feeding and settling management and immunisation. Go to the Child and Youth Health website

Tel: 1300 733 606 (9am - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday)

Child care

  • Childcare Access Hotline Tel: 1800 670 305
    For information about available childcare in your area
  • Find Child Care near you
  • My Child website, Australia's online child care portal.

Children's centres

Provide care, education, health, community development activities and family services for families and their young children. Each Children's Centre is tailored to meet the needs of the local community. For families and their young children aged from birth to eight years of age.

Run by the Department for Education and Early Childhood Development
Tel: +61 8 8226 1755
Email: childrenscentres@sa.gov.au

Homework clubs    

After-school homework clubs for high school students of refugee backgrounds. Run by the Australian Refugee Association.

Tuesday: 4-6pm at Twelve25 Youth Centre, 17-19 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury
Tuesday and Wednesday: 4-6pm at Youth Central, 65 Woodville Road, Woodville
Thursday: 4-6pm at Findon Library, Findon Shopping Centre, Corner of Grange and Findon Roads, Findon

Tel: +61 8 8354 2951
Email: reception@ausref.net

Immunisation

Immunisation for all adults and children is provided by General Practices. Find your local health service.

Immunisation for new humanitarian arrivals is provided by the New Arrivals Refugee Immunisation Program, run by the Department of Health:

  • Adelaide: Migrant Health Service, 21 Market Street, Tel: +61 8 8237 3900 or 1800 635 566
  • Charles Sturt, Tel: +61 8 8408 1111
  • Mount Gambier, Tel: +61 8 8384 0666
  • Playford, Tel: +61 8 8256 0333
  • Port Adelaide, Tel: 1300 364 264
  • West Torrens, Tel: +61 8 8416 6333

For more information contact: Immunisation Section Tel: 1300 232 272

Immunisation for children is also provided by:

Inclusive Directions

Assists childcare services to respond to the needs of all children in their care, particularly those with refugee status and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  • Flinders Therapy House, 143 Daws Road, St Marys
  • Salisbury, 28B Commercial Road, Salisbury
  • Mount Gambier, 71 Suttondown Road, Mt Gambier

Tel: +61 8 7325 8600 / Online enquiry

Intensive English Language centres & New Arrivals program centres

Newly arrived primary school students can enrol in an Intensive English Language Centre. Secondary school students can enrol in a New Arrivals Program. 

Further information about the programs, including details of where the programs are available, is available here.

Kids' HelpLine

For free help and advice for children
Tel: (freecall) 1800 551 800

Kilburn Community Centre

English classes, children's and youth programs, kindergym, karate, ethnic schools (Turkish, Swahili), music and dance programs, and other workshops and events. For those living in Kilburn, Blair Athol and surrounding areas. Run by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

At: 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn
Tel: +61 8 8349 8363
Email: christine.loveday@portenf.sa.gov.au

Learning for Life Educational Scholarships

For students of low income families attending public school. Provided by The Smith Family.

At: Ground Floor, 97 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8224 1400

Little Big Book Club

Provides e-books in a range of languages and new arrivals family reading packs for children under five years who are newly arrived refugees or speak a language other than English.  

Lutheran Community Care Services   

Information sessions, Afghan youth group, support for vulnerable women at risk, developing volunteer advocates. For humanitarian entrants who have been in Australia for less than five years. Run by Lutheran Community Care SA.

In metropolitan Adelaide, Murray Bridge and the Riverland
Tel: +61 8 8269 9300 (Adelaide) and +61 8 8531 3644 (Murray Bridge and Riverland)

Marion Youth

A free, confidential health service for young people. Includes drop-in general and sexual health clinics, counselling/social work services; a recreation space; healthy lifestyle programs including Masterchef groups; and school holiday programs for 12-16 year olds. Marion Youth can run Team For Life programs in secondary schools for recently arrived young people; has several young people from culturally and linguistically diverse back grounds who are employed as peer educators; and has a fortnightly Recently Arrived Young Women's Group. Run by Southern Adelaide  Local Area Health Network, SA Health.

At: Marion Youth, GP Plus Health Care Centre Marion,  10 Milham Street, Oaklands Park
Tel: +61 8 7425 8200

Metropolitan Youth Health

Metropolitan Youth Health provides clinical health services - including all health issues, young parent services, health information and education - to vulnerable young people aged between 12-25. Eligibility requirements:

  • currently or previously under Guardianship of the Minister
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • refugees
  • pregnant or parenting
  • not able to live at home
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-sexual, intersex or queer
  • currently at Adelaide Youth Training Centre
  • AND struggling to understand and/or attend to your own health.

Branch locations:
6 Gillingham Road, Elizabeth. Tel: 8255 3477
50a Beach Road, Christies Beach. Tel: 8326 6053
Parks Community Centre, Trafford Street, Angle Park. Tel: 8243 5637

MRC Arts

Promotes the cultural traditions of refugee community groups including engagement of young people in cross cultural understanding and pathways in mainstream arts through training and career pathways. Run by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre of SA.

At: 59 King William Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8217 9509
Email: keith@mrcsa.com.au

Multicultural Youth Community Development

Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA) provides community groups with project management training to enable them to deliver successful initiatives to build capacity among young people. For community groups who work with 12-25 year olds from new and emerging communities. Run by MYSA in metropolitan Adelaide.

Tel: +61 8 8212 0085

Multicultural Youth SA

Provides intensive case management with an 'at risk' focus, outreach, housing referrals, playgroup, information sessions, homework and employment club, mentoring, holiday programs, activities that link young people with mainstream agencies. For 12-30 year old refugee and migrant young people who have been in Australia for up to five years. 

MYSA, Shop 9, Millers Arcade, 28 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Ph. 8212 0085

Paradise Community Care

Provides emergency relief assistance, recreational events, pastoral care, youth support and respite care.

At: 59 Darley Road, Paradise
Open Monday Wednesday and Friday only 10am to 2pm  
Tel: +61 8 8336 0066
Email: pcs@paradise.asn.au

Parks Children's Centre for Early Childhood Development and Parenting

Provides services including pre-school, occasional care, social workers, community development, occupational and speech therapists. Groups include a school for women from non-English backgrounds, cooking groups, child–parent groups, multi-cultural playgroup and Vietnamese group. CaFHS nurse, physio and paediatrician hold clinics. Health, education and wellbeing information.

Parks Children's Centre for Early Childhood Development and Parenting

At: Building 11, Trafford Street, Angle Park
Tel: +61 8 8243 5544

Personal counselling

Sexual concerns, domestic and family violence, separation, HIV and Hepatitis, post adoption, problem gambling, family counselling, individual counselling and financial counseling. Run by Relationships Australia (SA).

At: Based at 161 Frome Street, Adelaide, and offices in Adelaide, Berri, Hindmarsh, Marion, Ridgehaven, Salisbury.
Tel: +61 8 8223 4566 / 1300 364 277 / 1800 182 325
Email: mail@rasa.com.au

Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre (Twelve25)

Resources for volunteers and young people, including free computer and internet access and IT training. Run by City of Salisbury Council.

At: 17 Wiltshire St, Salisbury
Tel: +61 8 8253 9928
Email: city@salisbury.sa.gov.au

Sexual health advice

Free, confidential sexual health clinics and counselling for all new arrivals.

Run by SHine SA.
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (please phone for appointment)
At: GP Plus, 64C Woodville Road, Woodville, Tel: +61 8 8300 5300
At: 43 Peachy Road, Davoren Park, Tel: +61 8 8256 0700
At: GP Plus, 1 Gilles Crescent, Hillcrest Tel: +61 8 8300 5300
At: GP Plus, 10 Milham Street, Oaklands Park, Tel: +61 8 8186 8600
Tel: 1300 883 793 (sexual health information) 
Email: sexualhealthhotline@health.sa.gov.au

Step Up

Intervention project including outreach group work and intensive individual support through law enforcement, schools and service providers. For known offenders between 12-30 from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Run by Multicultural Youth South Australia in metropolitan Adelaide.

Tel: +61 8 8212 0085

Successful Transitions 

Successful Transitions is a mentoring program which works intensively with youth aged between 17-24. The aim is to positively engage services and/or programs in order to develop positive pathways for their future by addressing any barriers which may be impacting on their education and/or employment goals. Run by Baptist Care SA.

Tel: 1300 654 450

Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS) - Youth

Casework, referrals, group information sessions, publications, mentoring training programs, career and life coaching, work experience placements, facilitating enrolment in vocational education, identifying career paths and preparation in obtaining and maintaining employment. For children and youth survivors of torture and trauma from migrant and refugee backgrounds (by referral). Run by STTARS.

At: 81 Angas Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8206 8900  
Email: sttars@sttars.org.au

Taking Control

Awareness and assertiveness workshops and recreational activities. For Muslim women aged between 12-25 years who are socially and economically marginalised. Run by Multicultural Youth SA

At: 28 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8212 0085

Western Area Multicultural Youth Services (WAMYS)

Provides a range of services including:

  • one-to-one support in case work and mentoring
  • group work
  • information and referral
  • community development/youth participation projects
  • job search assistance
  • partnerships
  • educational supports
    F.L.O programs/case management
  • outreach
  • Girls group
  • Drop In (Mon and Thu 2pm-5pm, Fri 2pm-7pm)

Western Area Multicultural Youth Services

At: 65 Woodville Road, Woodville
Tel: +61 8 8408 1313
Email: jkollias@ucwpa.org.au

Youth homelessness services

Outreach, crisis accommodation, housing and support for young people in crisis and homeless secondary students.

Run by Baptist Care SA.

At: Outreach St Marys, Tel: +61 8 8277 8088
At: Crisis accommodation Crossroads Tel: +61 8 8293 1400
Tel: Trace-A –Place: +61 8 8211 8466 or 13 16 11 (after hours)
Tel: Secondary School Student Housing +61 8 8293 1400

Youth Leadership Program

Skills training and development, supporting them to achieve their potential as leaders, community advocates, role models and mentors for other young people in their communities.

Australian Migrant Resource Centre of SA

At: Adelaide MRC, 59 King William Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8217 9526
Email: bosco@mrcsa.com.au

At: Northern Area MRC, 28 Mary Street, Salisbury
Tel: +61 8 8283 0844  
Email: reagan@mrcsa.com.au