About SYFS

Ride4Rotary

About SYFS and your donation

Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is a local Not-for-Profit that has the main purpose of supporting and caring for vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless young people (ages twelve years to twenty four years) or those at risk of disadvantage and homelessness. SYFS also supports the families of these young people which may include parents, grand parents, siblings, other extended family members and even foster families.

What we do? 

This work provides Supported Accommodation, Community Social Housing, Health and Outreach Services, Out of Home Care Services, Family Services including counselling, parenting programs and early intervention, and Education, Employment and Training programs.

Last year, across 47 different services SYFS provided Supported Accommodation, Community Social Housing, Health and Outreach Services, Out of Home Care Services and Family Services including Counselling, Parenting Programs, Early Intervention, and Education, Employment and Training programs.

SYFS operated 47 different services through 21 different funding programs in 2019-20, assisting 20,355 families and young people.  

Your impact 

All money raised from your generous support of Ride4Rotary will help fund the ongoing support and delivery of SYFS Education, Employment and Training programs and improve the quality of life and wellbeing of our young people and their families. 

Your generous support of Ride4Rotary will assist greatly in helping Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) to continue supporting Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 who were homeless or at risk of being homeless, along with their families. 

A recent survey conducted by Wollongong City Council, Wollongong Homeless Hub and the IRT Foundation estimates there is over 60 people sleeping rough on any given night in the Wollongong CBD.

When you consider the hundreds more who despite not sleeping on the streets are still classed as homeless because they are forced to live in insecure and inadequate accomodation for short periods at a time, 

it becomes very clear that there are many young people throughout the Illawarra and South Coast in need of desperate help.

In NSW, the homelessness rate of people aged 19-24 years has risen by a staggering 117% over the last decade and there are currently 60,000 people on the Government Housing list with wait periods of up to 10 years.

It is for this very reason that last year alone SYFS assisted over 20,000 young people and their families.

Across 47 different services SYFS provided Supported Accommodation, Community Social Housing, Health and Outreach Services, Out of Home Care Services and Family Services including Counselling, Parenting Programs, Early Intervention, and Education, Employment and Training programs.

WIN Great Prizes

GIANT Wollongong have kindly donated a brand new Bike for the highest individual fundraiser of Ride4Rotary 2021!!

For the highest fundraising team we have a $200 Samaras Restaurant voucher and 4 Legends Club tickets (valued at over $960) to watch the St George Illawarra Dragons play in style at WIN Stadium this season!

So over and above the positive impact your actions will have on disadvantaged young people’s lives, there’s even more incentive to share your challenge with your friends, work colleagues and family and drive your sponsorship!!

PLEASE NOTE - All Ride4Rotary Committee Members and Ambassadors are exempt from winning the highest Individual Fundraiser prize.

Register to win

Ben Creagh Footy Engagement Clinic 

Join former Kangaroo and St George Illawarra Dragons legend Ben Creagh for a Kids Rugby League Engagement Clinic between 12.30 - 1.15pm on the Day.

There is a limit of 20 people so please register now to secure your spot.

Registration is free for anyone who is registered to ride or has parents registered to ride and just $5 for those what aren’t.

Register Interest

Don’t have a bike, or already have plans on May 23rd?

Or maybe bike riding just isn’t your thing?

Whatever the case, you can still help us even without riding! Why not sponsor someone you know who is riding, or even simpler just make a donation of your choice. Big or small, every cent counts and will greatly benefit the work that Southern Youth and Family Services does in supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable youth.

All donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible.

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