The WAVERLEY ACTION FOR YOUTH SERVICES (WAYS or WAYS Youth & Family) is a community based non-government organisation whose mission is to work with young people aged 8-24 years and their families to create successful and meaningful pathways to the future. This is achieved through a “one-stop-shop” integrated model of service that provides innovative and comprehensive services with highly trained, professional specialist staff whose goal is to engage and empower young people and their families to achieve a range of life-changing outcomes.
WAYS OOSH: Interactive and Innovative after school care and vacation care.
CEO Dr Terri Said’s vision is to now grow the After-School Care program and WAYS Youth training, to ensure these programs not only thrive and expand in line with the other already successful WAYS programs but to ensure that they exceed professional standards of commercial offerings and meaningfully meet the needs of our whole community, not just youth and family in need.
Dr Said explains, “Our After School Care program and Youth Training have incredible growth potential. These programs are relatively newer initiatives, and are in their infancy in terms of growth. I want to be able to make these divisions more accessible to our community, in line with offerings in the commercial space in terms of quality and innovation and also to make them different to what our competitors are currently doing. At the moment we are restructuring these divisions and hiring handpicked professional and experienced staff to help drive these divisions forward”.
Each of WAYS programs are open to any young people in the community. Although they are youth focused our wellness centre is open to all young people and their families.
For more information about what WAYS can offer you, please see their website or Facebook page.
Based on traditional stories about Dhinawan (Emu) including the black space in the Milky way known as 'Emu in the Sky’, this interactive program includes colouring a picture of the 'emu in the sky' - viewed from an Aboriginal perspective, and attaching emu feathers or using them as medium to '