Youth

Junction Australia works with hundreds of young people each year in the areas of homelessness, counselling and support. If you can't find what you're looking for please give us a call on (08) 8392 3000.

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Youth Homelessness

Young people aged 15 to 25 years old who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or transitioning to their own property, can be referred to our Outer Southern Youth Homelessness Service (OSY). Young people from the Fleurieu region can be referred to the Fleurieu Homelessness Support Service. Please see below for more information.

What happens when I reach out?

When you reach out to Junction Australia you will meet with a trained outreach worker who will assess your situation, and let you know what options you have.

You will then work together to identify your goals and develop a support plan to help you maintain housing, connect with your community and find out about further support available to you including assistance from family and friends, other agencies and the local community.

Is there certain criteria I need to meet?

There is certain criteria that a young person will need to meet in order to be placed in a home, including if they are from the south Adelaide area. If you meet the criteria you could be placed in a supported home; Junction House, Next Step House or Education House or referred to a suitable home.

Contact us today for more information. 

How can I be referred?

  • Visit Junction Australia at 34 Beach Road, Christies Beach to discuss your options (walk-ins welcome)
  • Call Junction Australia on (08) 8392 3000 to discuss your options
  • After hours (from 5pm, or on weekends) contact the Homelessness Gateway Service

View the Outer Southern Youth Homelessness brochure. View the Living at Junction Australia brochure.

What other resources are available?

There are many resources available for young people seeking support, including apps to download and helpful websites. Head to our Other Resources page for more information. 

Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island Homelessness Service

The Fleurieu & KI Homelessness Support Services (FHSS and KIHSS) are outreach services operated by Junction Australia along the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula and on Kangaroo Island. This service is available to anyone aged 15 years and over who are experiencing homelessness or facing potential homelessness.

View the Fleurieu Homelessness Support Service brochure. View the Kangaroo Island Homelessness Support Service brochure. If you are experiencing domestic violence and live in this area, please visit the Domestic Violence Support page.

Counselling

Our experienced counsellors help many children, young people and adults each year to manage their feelings and actions, understand their behaviour, gain confidence to make necessary changes in their lives and increase their overall sense of well-being.

We offer support in two main areas: Parent & Adolescent Counselling and Sexual Abuse Counselling.

Please visit the Counselling page for more information.

Residential Care

When a child or young person is unable to live at home with their birth family, they may be referred to Junction Australia by the Department of Child Protection for short or long term residential care.

While living at one of Junction Australia’s residential care homes, children and young people are offered support through our ‘Therapeutic Support Services’ (TSS) and Youth Connections mentors.

Our vision for children and young people in residential care is to provide safe and stable home environments for young people under the Guardianship of the Minister, and to help build resilience, heal from trauma and provide hope for the future.

View the Therapeutic Support Services brochure.

Mentoring

The Youth Connections program provides a quality mentoring service to children and young people only living in residential care (see above). This mentoring service included one-on-one interaction and group activities where children and young people can develop social skills, participate in community activities and find their own strengths and achievements.

View the Youth Connections brochure.

Testimonials

"Junction Australia/OSYHS helped me out so much in one of the most difficult times of my life; the loss of my daughter. Not only did they provide me with emotional support, they linked me in to additional services, and made my transfer of my THP property to be the most easy and stress-free task. This allowed me to grieve in my own time. Thank you OSYHS/Junction Australia” - L.R, a client who experienced youth homelessness.
“Being at Junction House was one of the best experiences I have ever been through. I learnt so many new things, grown as a person and gained some confidence. Thank you for showing me self-worth and being role models.”  - Melissa, a client who experienced youth homelessness.