Reconnect and GIT

Creating positive change for young people

Reconnect assists young people who may be at risk of becoming homeless due to the breakdown of family relationships. We see the young person’s issues in a broader and holistic perspective taking into account the impact of family attachments as well as ruptures.  Consequently we seek to address unresolved and ongoing relations ruptures and conflict and look at what kind of alliances would be supportive to the young person. We work on stabilising the young persons living situation and strengthening relationships within the family as well as establishing wider connections in the community.

GIT – Getting It Together (12-18 plus) focuses on young people who may be experiencing alcohol and/or other drug misuse or abuse and who would like more information about alcohol and other drugs. We support young people and their families by focusing on sustainable, positive family relationships with an emphasis on building self-esteem, personal growth and life skills.

Who is Reconnect for?

Our programs supports young people, aged 12- 18, by providing individual counselling, casework, mediation, family therapy and practical support. We also work closely with other services to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people.

How can Reconnect help young people?

We provide a range of support and services that can help young people to:

  • Work out stable living arrangements
  • Work on ruptures or conflict with their family
  • Address any other relationship concerns
  • Stay in school even when it gets tough
  • Link into training options
  • Link into appropriate services, such as programs that help to find employment
  • Get income support (if eligible)

How can we work with you?

  • We can assist by linking you to informal social networks (i.e. like sporting & social clubs, community groups etc.), organisations and mainstream services.
  • We can work with you to identify your goals and overcome any barriers in achieving those goals
  • We can advocate on your behalf, or refer you to specialist advocacy services
  • We can work with communities, groups and mainstream services so they are more welcoming and inclusive
  • We can work with your family, carer and friends to help you to become more confident and build new networks

Location

Reconnect and GIT can provide help to people living within the Far North Coast of NSW from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

G.I.T – Getting it Together

Sometimes it can seem that life is spiralling out of control, causing depression and emotional distress. GIT helps young people with alcohol or drug misuse or abuse issues to create positive change in their lives and stop the downward spiral.

GIT aims to help young people find opportunities for positive change in their life by:

  • Helping to create ongoing positive family and community relationships
  • Building self-esteem, personal growth and life skills
  • Addressing personal issues and health problems
  • Education on the impacts of alcohol and other drugs (AoD)
  • Promoting harm minimisation and AoD misuse reduction
  • Connecting young people to specialist services where appropriate

Reconnect

Reconnect assists young people 12-18 (12-21 for recent arrivals to Australia) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to stabilise their current living situation and improve engagement with their families.

GIT

Getting it Together (GIT) helps young people aged 12-25 find opportunities for positive change in relation to their drug and alcohol use; building self-esteem and improving their life skills through individual and family-focused interventions and group work.

Contact

Monika Obirek – Lismore/Casino:
0438 012 677 / 0417 026 585
Gloria Torrens – Lismore/Casino/Kyogle/Evans Head: 0438 012 677
Steve Marriot – Ballina / Byron Bay: 0429 190 210
Ayla Garlick – Tweed / Mullumbimby: 0448 559 968
Sonya Mears-Lynch – Clarence Valley: 0427 317 595

Shaun Jones – Clarence Valley: 0417 598 392

Jenny Nichols – Clarence Valley: 0438 391 681

You might also be interested in these Social Futures programs:

Family Relationship Support Program
Links to Learning

About Reconnect & GIT

Reconnect is a Federal Government initiative funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services and delivered on the Far North Coast of NSW by Social Futures.

Program resources

Reconnect Referral Form

Download one of our brochures here:

Social Futures Youth Programs

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