Youth Services

Our primary goal is to always ensure the health and safety of the young people in attendance of the Y WA’s youth services. With the COVID-19 situation developing rapidly, we are following the State and Federal Government directives to keep everyone safe. Since the outbreak, we have also adopted additional measures outside of our already exemplary hygiene and safety policies. This includes:

  • A COVID-19 risk assessment and plan in place for each service
  • Cancellation of all excursions and outreach
  • Increased audits of our health and hygiene practices

Will you be closing youth services?

Based on the directives provided by the Government, we have made adjustments to our youth services to keep everyone safe. We have cancelled excursions, outreach and outdoor events, including day to day drop in. 

This means that YTime, Base@Belmont and services are suspended. However, youth workers and case managers are still working and are contactable by young people during business hours in centre or by phone, email or Skype.

Should I keep attending youth services?

The Australian Government has announced directives that will affect attendance for the following:

  • Anyone returning from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Anyone returning from a cruise, even only if in Australian waters, must isolate for 14 days.
  • Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must not attend the centre for 14 days following the exposure and prior to returning must obtain medical clearance to do so.

If you don’t meet the above criteria, then yes you can still attend as normal! We maintain a high level of hygiene across all our services and have adopted additional measures for hygiene and safety during this outbreak to ensure a safe environment.

What’s happening with events?

YMCA events will only go ahead if they meet the directives of the Government in regards numbers and social distancing.

Advice from the Government frequently changes, we will monitor this and keep you up to date via the website and the Y’s social media.

How can I get in touch with Base@Belmont youth workers or case managers?

Case management is available Monday – Friday between 10am and 6pm. Contact details are:

Email: belmont.base@ymcawa.org.au

Phone: (08) 9479 5794

Phone or Text: 0447 348 186

Or reach out on their Facebook or Instagram

If it is essential, young people can visit the service for a face to face where social distancing will be in practice. 

If it is an emergency, call 000. 

How can I get in touch with YTime youth workers or case managers?

Case management is available Monday – Thursday between 10am and 6pm. Contact details are:

Email: belmont.base@ymcawa.org.au

Phone: (08) 9479 5794

Phone or Text: 0447 348 186

Or reach out on their Instagram

If it is essential, young people can visit the service for a face to face where social distancing will be in practice. 

If it is an emergency, call 000. 

When do I have to notify you?

Contact our centre by telephone immediately if you are contacted by Public Health and advised that you or member of your household is:

  • A confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Under investigation for a suspected case or being tested for COVID-19
  • Has been in close contact with a confirmed cased of COVID-19
  • Has travelled too or via an overseas travel destination and is in isolation

How will you keep us up to date?

If and when things change where possible we will be emailing families with information. If your contact details have changed, please let your local centre know urgently.

What do we do in the meantime?

The best thing you and your family can do is practice safe hygiene, wash your hands with hot water and soap regularly and avoid touching your face.

If you begin to feel unwell with flu like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, you should seek your doctor’s advice.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit Australian Department of Health, contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 (in Australia).

Is YCounselling still operating?

In response to COVID-19, all future counselling sessions will be made via Zoom or by telephone until further notice. No new referrals will be taken. For current and future appointments please call (08) 9328 3221 or email hq.counselling@ymcawa.org.au for details. Thank you for your understanding.

Will Youth Parliament continue?

In light of the Government directives and health advice regarding COVID-19, our Youth Parliament team are currently developing a strategy to facilitate the Youth Parliament 2020 program online, including all bill writing, committee meetings and parliamentary training. Whilst the evolving situation means our residential camp and Parliament week may not go ahead as scheduled in July, we intend to proceed with the program in this modified form, until such time as it is safe to re-commence in-person meetings, and hold sittings at Parliament House. 

Please keep an eye on your email and mailbox for communications from our Program Coordinator in the coming fortnight, including the outcome of your application, and details about how the program will be administered in this way, and what we require from participants who are chosen for the 2020 program. 

We look forward to continuing to deliver this program and drafting fantastic bills, whilst also ensuring that the health and wellbeing of our young people and the wider community is the number one priority.

What happens to gigs at HQ?

At this present time, and due to directives from the Government, all future gigs are postponed until further notice. In the meantime, we are working on alternatives to bring music to young people and support local talent in WA.