OTF (Only The Fam)

OTF creates a space where the young men and women(17 – 25 years old) from Aboriginal backgrounds & African backgrounds who live in City Of Melbourne can be themselves, enjoy each other’s company creatively and have discussions in a safe space. The community needed a space to allow young people the opportunity for social engagement which can create a sense of empowerment, social awareness and break down barriers for young people. It also provides a space to upskill young people.

OTF (Only the Fam) is program designed to instill and build on the sense of belonging and connections between young people of African descent and young First Nation people. Partnering with Koorie Heritage Trust we will be bringing groups of young people that are at the beginning stages of getting to know each other.

 

Through this there will be consultation groups with young people from community before we hit off our first camp on 23rd – 25th September 2019. The will be another camp in early January 2020. These activities aim to highlight:


–       YP to have a voice

–       YP build life skills

–       YP feel confident in accessing services/pathways to support

–       YP can build trusting relationships



–       YP connected to with each other

–       YP connected to their communities

–       YP connected with other communities

–       YP feel safe and know their rights

 

If you have any questions about our meet-ups or about the camp, please send an email to idil.ali@ds.org.au, send a message to The Drum FB page. Or send a DM to us on our instagram page.

Individual Support @ the drum

What we do:

We support young people aged 12-25 who live, play, study and work in City of Melbourne in a diverse range of areas. Read on to find out what kind of things we can help with and how it all goes down!

Soo…. how can you help me?

Youth & Family Practitioners can support you in lots of different ways! For example supporting with:

  • Job applications
  • CV/ Resume creation or editing
  • Assistance with High School, Uni and Tafe enrolments
  • Linking in with community groups, sports clubs, fun youth events etc
  • Guidance on career pathways
  • Applications for available Peer Leader Programs
  • Centerlink application assistance
  • Alcohol & Drug related support
  • Family support
  • Wellbeing and mental health support

There are heaps of different areas people need support in, so if you don’t see what you need on the list above still get in touch and we can figure out how we can work together to reach your goals, or find out what other options are available!

What can I expect?

After calling or emailing intake (see ‘CONTACT’ above) a Youth & Family Practitioner will call or text you and organise a catch up. The first catch up is a chance for us to chat about some goals and areas in your life you would like support in (some people like to brainstorm these goals and areas of support together, others prefer to come prepared with some ideas or a list – either way is fine). We will go through a consent and confidentiality form together (this takes around 5 minutes). You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions along the way – it is important to us that you understand what we talk about. We will chat for around 30 – 50 minutes. At the end we might set up another time to check in/ catch up.

Who helps out with Individual Support?

You’ll be meeting/zooming/chatting to Shukura who is contactable through email at shukura.chapman@ds.org.au!

Leyla is on student placement currently helping out with this program!

 


During Covid-19

Individual support will pretty much work the same way as before, however for everyone’s safety we will do phone/ video chats instead of in person catch ups.

A few examples of support young people have been asking for during the pandemic are;

 

  • Financial assistance
  • Rent relief
  • Assistance with bills
  • Food packages
  • Linking in with community etc
  • Mental health support

 

If there are other things you need support around that are related to Covid-19 or otherwise you can get in touch and we can have a chat about what options are available and how we can best support you. We acknowledge this is a stressful and unique time right now. You can check out these resources for more information on support available during Covid-19 and stay connected with the drum here –  @thedrummelb

Friday Night Jam

Kick off every weekend with Friday Night Jam! On Friday afternoons from 4pm – 6pm, YMCA Carlton Baths open its indoor stadium for young people to drop in and play futsal or basketball. During the school holidays and for special occasions (such as Ramadan), we celebrate with staff v kids tournaments and BBQs.

The program is delivered in partnership with YMCA Carlton Baths and co-facilitated by the drum’s Youth Practitioners.


How to get there

YMCA Carlton Baths is located at 216/248 Rathdowne Street in Carlton. Let the YMCA staff know you’re with the drum and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Get there by PT:

  • Buses 250 and 251 stop outside Carlton Baths.
  • Bus 546 stops around the corner on Alexandra Parade, a 3 minute walk away.
  • Tram 1 or 8 takes you to Stop 113 Lytton Street/Lygon Street, a 5 minute walk away.
  • Buses 200 and 207 stop on the corner of Johnston and Rathdowne Streets, a 7 minute walk away.

Consent/Registration Form

If you are under 16, you will need a parent, guardian or carer to sign the form. If you are over 16, you can complete the form yourself.

Head over to our resource section to download the registration form and bring it with you to our program! Or, you can turn up and get a paper form from one of our Youth Development Practitioners.

Monday Mayhem

What can you expect?

From 4.30pm- 8.00pm the Monday Mayhem program open the indoor stadium and games room in the North Melbourne Community Centre for sports and other activities. We usually play basketball or soccer in the stadium and in the games room we play Playstation 4 games, such as FIFA (the group’s favorite). Open access to the court is available, or if you bring a crew you can organise a game- maybe half court.

Sometimes we challenge each other to a game of table tennis or pool . It’s pretty fun, and can get competitive, but we don’t take it too seriously!

Can we help you attend?

If you are shy you can give us a holla and one of our friendly Youth Workers will help you feel comfortable and welcome.

Getting there:

The North Melbourne Community Centre is located at 49/53 Buncle Street North Melbourne off Boundary Road.

You can use these Public Transportation options to get there:

  • The 402 bus stops on Macaulay Road, near the Melrose Street shops
  • 5 minute walk from the Macaulay train station
  • 10 minute walk from tram 57 at the Boundary road stop (near 7Eleven).

Is permission required?

Short answer – yes. Click on this link to complete simple registration form.

ALSO – You can just turn up and meet other young people. If you start attending regularly we will ask you to complete a registration form.

Why do you need to complete a registration form?

the drum’s registration form should have all the deets you and you parent/guardian or carer need.
The form outlines what the activities are, including our and your responsibilities.
We also need emergency contact details, we usually don’t need to use them, but just in case we need to contact your parent, guardian or carer.
The form also helps us know any spiritual, health and well-being needs you may have.

If you are under 18 the registration form needs to be signed by your parent, carer or guardian to complete registration form.

If you are over 18 you can sign this for yourself but we’ll still need some emergency contact details.

We absolutely keep your information confidential and we respect your privacy.

If you want to be super organised and bring the registration form on your first visit to the program click here. Otherwise, we can provide a paper copy when you attend the program.


 

Monday Mayhem is funded by the City of Melbourne

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Underground Women’s

What can you expect?

Underground Women’s is a space for young women aged 12 – 25 to come together and do amazing things. UGW is a community of strong, fierce, intelligent, complex and welcoming women. It’s free and we provide delicious snacks.

Underground Women’s is facilitated by Sian, a youth development practitioner who is passionate about delivering creative programs for young women and Sabrina, a youth peer leader who brings a wealth of skills, passion and good vibes to the program.  Sian and Sabrina support local young women to plan fun and interesting activities, learn and share new skills and make positive connections with one another and the local community. Past and current activities include cultural dance workshops,  baking, jewelry making, basketball and soccer, roller skating, podcasting and film making with our partners Signal Arts.


Is permission required?

Short answer – yes, pick a registration form up on program.

ALSO – You can just turn up and meet other young women and if you start attending regularly we will ask you to complete a registration form.


Why do you need to complete a registration form?

the drum registration form should have all the deets you need, and also for your parent, guardian or carer. The form outlines what the Underground Women’s activities are, including ours and your responsibilities. We also need emergency contact details, we usually don’t need them, but just in case we need to contact your parent, guardian or carer in case of an emergency. It is also useful to know – and if we don’t ask – we don’t know about any spiritual, health, dietary and wellbeing needs you may have.

If you are under 18 the registration form needs to be signed by your parent, carer or guardian to complete registration form.

If you are over 18 you can sign this for yourself but we’ll still need some emergency contact details.

We absolutely keep your information confidential and we respect your privacy.

If you want to be super organised and bring the registration form on your first visit to the program. Otherwise, we can provide a paper copy when you attend the program.


Locations

Term 1 2020

Carlton – Kathleen Syme Library – 251 Faraday Street Carlton. Rooms vary based on availability so make sure you check on the screen located at the front to see which room we are in.

North Melbourne Community Centre 49 – 53 Buncle Street North, North Melb. We move around the centre but you will be able to find us in either the drum youth space, the stadium, games room or kitchen.


Can we help you attend?

If you are new to the program  (or you know someone) who might need some encouragement or support to attend, just give us a holla and one of the drum’s friendly team members can help this happen.


Who runs these programs?

Our lovely facilitators Sian and Sabrina will be the main people you’ll be seeing during at Underground Women’s !


During Covid19

During the pandemic we’re doing a bunch of exciting online programs including Self-Care  on Wednesdays, and Games & Chats every Thursday.
To join us, check out our Instagram , or contact Sian!

If you’re interested in a Carepackage during this time, please dont hesistate to get it contact as well!