Certificate 1- Developing Independence

Anchor’s Youth Development Services integrates housing, education, training and employment for young people aged 16 to 25 years of age. We focus on positive outcomes through skills such as goal setting, planning accessing housing and dealing with conflict and change.

As part of our ‘Support for Young People’ program, we support youth to complete Certificate 1 in Developing Independence at Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside. This formal, accredited course aims to support young people in developing core life skills, as well as recognising and validating their existing skills, talents and aspirations


We had a great day hosting HICSA’s community lunch today! To celebrate Victorian Youth Week, we welcomed some young people to help coordinate the occasion, and learn valuable skills in event management, catering and community engagement along the way- Congrats on all of your efforts! Thanks also to our staff, and the team from Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside, that helped make it happen! We hope everyone enjoyed the delicious curries!

For more information about Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association and their community lunch, please contact them on 03 5962 2940, or at admin@hicsa.org.au.

Brighter Futures Transformation Pilot

The “Brighter Futures Transformation Pilot” is an initiative that comes from a collaboration of the Outer Eastern Melbourne Children and Youth Area Partnership. With representatives from many local organisations and groups, the partnership aims to improve outcomes for children and young people at-risk of entering in, and transitioning from, Out-of-Home-Care.

Our “Community Connectors” work with teens to help them identify their strengths, passions and goals. They then look for ways to connect the young person with local individuals, businesses or groups that can help them pursue and achieve their dreams.
As the lead agency, we are excited to see the achievements of this pilot, and all of the people involved.
For more information, you can check out the Children and Youth Area Partnerships website.

Youth feedback

We love working with local young people and seeing them grow more confident and empowered to be their best selves! This recent feedback demonstrates the impact Anchor can have, and we couldn’t be more proud!

“I will forever be in debt of the wonderful team supporting young people in housing crisis. Peter and Frances were particularly great. They spent over three years as my case workers and it’s fair to say they assisted me through some of the hardest times in my life. Being a homeless teenager with no family was very tough, but Anchor took me and many other young people into their care to assist, engage and educate us…. I have nothing but pure respect, love and gratitude for you all. So from the bottom of my heart, a very big thank you!” – G, former client.

Family Reconciliation

Our “Family Reconciliation” program provides counselling for families with young people between the ages of 15-25 years to resolve present and past conflict. Our specialised practitioner works alongside families to rebuild relationships through regular therapy sessions.

This program often complements other services offered by Anchor, once again providing an integrated approach to local youth.

Youth Development Services

Every young person deserves a safe and secure home to grow up in. Anchor’s integrated approach addresses often complex needs and circumstances so that young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, can learn, develop and thrive.

We help find different types of accommodation and support for people including families with young children, youth that sleep rough, and youth who couch surf and are at risk of homelessness.
Our approach is based on the Foyer model, which integrates housing assistance with other support services, education, employment and life skills. By equipping people with the tools to stay on track for the long-term, we’re working to break the cycle of disadvantage.
We’re always on the lookout for businesses and individuals that can work alongside us, or assist us in some way- if you think you can help us to support local young people, please send us a message, or give us a call on 03 8761 9040.

Victorian Youth Week 2019

Today marks the first day of Victorian Youth Week 2019; a celebration of young people (aged 12–25). We will be taking this opportunity to spread the word about all the ways we work with local young people to help them become their best selves.

Keep a look out for activities in your area, as the week also focuses on giving young people a chance to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. For more information, check out the Youth Central website.

Kinship Care Groups

For children who can’t live with their own immediate family, the preferred option is sometimes to live with someone they know, such as an extended family member- this is referred to as Kinship Care.

If you know someone currently caring for a child, Anchor can provide help ranging from initial assistance to ongoing support.
With thanks to Yarra Ranges Council, we also host a range of opportunities for local kinship families to come together (at no charge).
For more information, please send us a message, or give us a call on 8761 9040.

Welcome to our new Chairperson!

We are excited to welcome our new Chairperson this morning!

Anchor’s Board of Management and staff are pleased to welcome Phillip Campbell as our new Chairperson. Click here to learn more about Phillip, and his vast experience that will ensure that Anchor remains in a strong position to take advantage of future opportunities.

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Pantry donations needed!

Due to increased demand our pantry supplies are at an all time low.
We have an immediate need for any non-perishable items, particularly UHT milk, baked beans, tinned spaghetti and tuna.
If you are able to donate, please drop goods to our Housing Support Team at Jarlo Drive in Lilydale (level 2- above the library).
Thank you on behalf of the many locals you will be helping us support!
(If you require food or housing assistance, please contact our team on 9760 6400)