Counselling and group work for children, young people and their families.​

The Youth and Family Counselling Team helps children, young people and their families through individual, family and group support, counselling and mediation. The team works in collaboration with local schools as a key site of early intervention.

These services are especially targeted to young people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and those who are experiencing problems related to family conflict, changes in family structure, or other disengagement from family and/or community.

This program offers:

  • Group activities
  • Youth courses
  • ​Family support/Counselling
  • Parenting Support/Counsellng
  • Counselling

Who can access this program?

This program supports children and young people aged up to 18 years and their families living in the Cities of Maroondah, Knox, Whitehorse (upto 25 years) or the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

What does it cost?

There is no cost for this program

When can this program be accessed?

This program supports children, young people and their families Monday to Friday (9:00am to 5:00pm)

How can you access this program?

For more information please contact us on 1300 00 3224.

Groups and Programs:

Bringing up Great Kids:

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) is a Parenting Program using mindfulness and reflection to support parents as they review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children. The program is for parents/carers of children aged between 0-10yrs.

BUGK can also be run in collaboration with you agency/service. Please contact for us for further details.

Who:Parents/Carers of children Aged 0-10 years
When:Term 2 and Term 3 in 2019


The Crew "Boomerang Bag Community":

The Crews Boomerang Bag Community is a group that meets regularly on a Tuesday afternoon to make reusable shopping bags from recycled materials. It is a casual, friendly environment with music and vegan snacks provided.

If you are concerned about the environment, know how to sew, or would like to learn then please come along and join us.

There are also jobs for people who dont want to sew such as cutting out patterns, pinning and ironing.

The goal is to sew, create, promote conversations and encourage people to understand why reducing waste is important.

Who:Young person aged 16 - 25 years old.


Ongoing from early 2019 Tuesdays at 1:30pm

Where:14 Silver Grove, Nunawading, VIC


Peaceful Kids:

Peaceful Kids program is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. This program helps children to build their emotional resilience so they are better equipped to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings them.

Who:Different age group each term.
When:Terms 2 and 4 after school 2019.


Shine is a therapeutic group for young women 14-17 who are experiencing symptoms of depression and or anxiety. The program focuses on assisting young women to improve their self-esteem, self-confidence as well as strengthening their ability to manage strong emotions.

Who:Young Women aged 14 - 17 years.
When:Terms 2 and 4 2019

The Grandparents Group:

The Grand Parenting Group is a facilitated, open group, held monthly for grandparents. Its an opportunity for grandparents to get together, connect with other members of the community, and share grand parenting stories and ideas in an open, caring and respectful environment.

When:Monthly, ongoing in 2019



Treehouse is a therapeutic program for primary-school aged children, who need some extra support with social skills, self-esteem, managing strong feelings and developing resilience. Children are able to develop their relationship skills in a non-confrontational way, while also allowing them to safely think about how they might cope with their own worries.

Who:Different age each term
When:Terms 1 and 3 2019 after school



Wild is a program that was previously known as 'Reign it In'. The focus of this Wild program is for young people where there is conflict in the home. Young people will be given preference where their parents have completed Breaking the Cycle through Meridian (Anglicare).

Who:Young People ages 13 - 15
When:Term 3 2019

Your Voice:

Your Voice Program is an 8 week program designed to give young people aged 16-25 opportunities for training and personal development leading towards a project of their choice. Included is personal narrative training, public speaking and communication, event management, cultural training and self care.

Who:Young people aged 16 - 25 years old
When:Term 2 2019 for 8 sessions