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Inverell Family Youth Support Services (IFYSS)

IFYSS focuses on developing family environments that value, nurture and protect children.

IFYSS provides a broad range of family support, adolescent and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services including:

  • advocacy;
  • skills development including parenting, living skills, relationships, self-esteem and coping skills;
  • interagency information;
  • referrals to other services;
  • hosting courses and information workshops on various aspects of family life, financial planning and the rental market; and
  • group work development in prevention and diversion for young people identified as being at risk.

IFYSS employs a Family Worker who works with parents and carers of children aged 0 to 12 years covering various issues relevant to raising children, parenting strategies, living skills, improving relationships between family members. IFYSS also employs an Adolescent Support Worker who works with 13- to 25-year-olds on an enormous range of issues including education, bullying, dealing with Centrelink, family matters, sexual health, drug and alcohol use and abuse, vocational training, and living skills development. There is also an IFYSS Aboriginal Family Worker who provides support to Aboriginal families and carers of children aged 0 to12 years with the aim of improving educational, social, and health related outcomes.

IFYSS is also an Approved Organisation for Work Development Orders (WDO’s). WDO’s are made by the State Debt Recovery Office to assist people who are experiencing hardship to meet their debt accrued through State fines. IFYSS hosts several courses relating to financial planning and can refer individuals for non-paid work in order to assist them with reducing their financial State debt.

Click here for the IFYSS referral form – IFYSS Referral Form


Latest News

15 Feb 2018

Pathfinders’ Free Bun Bun Playgroup Sessions Are Back

Listen Ashford’s Bun Bun supported playgroup has resumed after the summer holidays, welcoming bubs and carers every Wednesday for free crafts, play and learning. Pathfinders Inverell Family and Youth Support Service (IFYSS) hosts the supported playgroup to offer age-appropriate activities and a support gathering for parents with babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. Natasha Brown,... View Article

12 Feb 2018

Pathfinders Responds to Latest Child Protection Services Report

Listen Nearly 48,000 children in Australia were taken away from their families and placed into out-of-home care last financial year.  Alan Brennan, CEO of Pathfinders says this is an alarming statistic that highlights the vital need for more preventative measures from child-protection advocates. Pathfinders, a not-for-profit agency, provides a number of out-of-home care and family... View Article

07 Feb 2018

Ability Links NSW Program Ticks Over 1 Million Community Connections

Listen Ability Links NSW is celebrating after reaching 1 million community connections made across the state. Brett Pischke, Pathfinders’ Ability Links Coordinator, said the milestone highlights the important work Ability Links NSW does in supporting people to develop a sense of belonging in their communities and in making communities more inclusive. “Ability Links NSW program... View Article

15 Dec 2017

Pathfinders Responds to Specialist Homelessness Services Report

Listen A report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare highlighted the continuing chronic issue of youth homelessness and the importance of specialist homelessness services, the CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said. Pathfinders, a not-for-profit agency, runs a number of refuges, crisis accommodation and youth services for families and children in the... View Article

07 Dec 2017

Pathfinders Appoints New Board Members

Listen Three new highly experienced board members were appointed at Pathfinders’ well attended Annual General Meeting held in Armidale last week. Pathfinders’ Chairperson, Fiona Miron, officially welcomed Armidale local Alyssa Lincoln as well as Sydney-based Anastasia Glushko and Alex Shaw onto the Pathfinders’ Board of Directors for the next two years. Originally from Inverell, Alyssa... View Article

p. 02 6720 8850

a: 3 Glen Innes Road, Inverell NSW 2360

e. manager-ifyss@pathfinders.ngo