the drum is excited to announce we are now the sole youth service provider for the City of Melbourne

Hello everyone!

From 1 July 2018 you will see  changes to the way that  youth services are delivered in the City of Melbourne. the drum youth service is excited to announce that we are the successful sole service provider to deliver these youth services. From this date the drum will deliver services across the municipality, including Carlton, Parkville, North Melbourne, Kensington & the CBD.

Last year, the City of Melbourne reviewed the way in which youth services were delivered. You can click here to learn more about the City of Melbourne process for doing this. At this time the City of Melbourne currently had three youth service providers:  

  • the drum youth service (part of drummond street), funded to deliver youth services Carlton and Parkville
  • cohealth (formerly Doutta Galla), funded to deliver youth services in North Melbourne and Kensington
  • Front Yard (part of Melbourne City Mission), funded to delivery youth services in the Central Business District (CBD)

Following the review, City of Melbourne changed the contract for delivering these services, meaning one organisation would be funded to deliver City of Melbourne Youth Services from 1 July, 2018. The Council believes these changes will benefit young people by allowing greater reach and consistency of programs and services, as well as filling important service gaps across the municipality.

Excitingly, the drum youth service was successful in seeking to become the sole youth service provider. We believe our tender was  successful because of our innovative and inclusive approach that uses co-design. The co-design model reflects our commitment to young people through affirmative employment and ensuring young people have direct input in to  services and  activities. We look forward to strengthening our connection to the community and responding to the needs of young people and their communities.

With the drum becoming the sole City of Melbourne  youth service provider, this will mean some changes for young people, their families and communities. The biggest change will be that that the drum will begin  delivering programs in North Melbourne, Kensington and CBD. We will continue to work in Carlton and Parkville.

We would like to acknowledge the important work of cohealth over the last 15 years and the relationship they have formed with the community in this time. We are working closely with City of Melbourne and cohealth to make the transition as smooth as possible for the community.

We know that change can be concerning, so we want to let young people, families and other concerned people know that we foresee limited changes to our programs in Carlton. In North Melbourne and Kensington we are also working hard to ensure we continue to deliver the same key programs and services that cohealth did. We will also have an office in the North Melbourne Community Centre in Buncle Sreet, where cohealth has been located.

More information aboutany programming changes will be available on the drum’s website in the coming weeks (see here

For translations in key community languages please see below

Ahmaric_Youth Service Announcement_July 2018

Somali _Youth Service Announcement_July 2018

Arabic _Youth Service Announcement_July 2018

Vietnamese_Youth Service Announcement_July 2018


If you have any questions about the services, you can contact

Chantelle  Higgs,  drummond street services & Stepfamilies Australia,

Phone: 03  9663 6733 Mob: 0488 559 007