About us What We Do Organisation Overview Regional Youth Support Services (‘RYSS’) is a leading, locally based child and youth registered charity and Not For Profit agency, delivering frontline youth support services and innovative engagement strategies to vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25, and their families in communities throughout the Central Coast NSW. Our main purpose is to help the disadvantaged to relieve poverty and distress and target people in need. RYSS is now in its 34th year of providing local, intensive case management, community outreach programs, early intervention support, material relief from poverty, family reconnections, Indigenous support programs, fundraising events, and education to reduce harm, poverty and distress. RYSS’ longstanding history on the Central Coast means that we possess a deeply grounded understanding of the local needs and diversity across the many communities in the region – an understanding that helps drive our many innovative and focused public programs and support strategies. These are broken down into three key areas. Case Management Specialised Individual Supports Skills & Capacity Building Case Management RYSS offers a range of case management options that ensures the needs and goals of the individual are key to our support. Innovation and creativity drive the design and implementation of intensive case planning and early intervention strategies. Our regular support focuses on the development of life skills, building independence and resilience, to ensure children, young people and families are empowered to achieve their potential. Early Intervention & Placement Prevention (EIPP) Supports children, young people and families aged 12-25 with: Intensive, Individualised Case Management Transitional Accommodation Advice, Referral and Information Indigenous Justice Program (IJP) Supports young Aboriginal men and woman aged 14-18 who are at risk of engaging in the Justice system with Intensive, Individualised Case Management Transitional Accommodation Advice, Referral and Information Cultural Engagements, Family Reconnections, Support and Events Fee for Service If you have a particular support need these are individually negotiated. Please contact our our Operations Manager with your enquiry. Specialised Individual Supports Disability Supports Our Support Coordination Team supports children and young people aged 10 and over who are eligible for NDIS support Funding in a range of core and capacity building areas, including individual support work. Coordination of Supports Our Support Coordination Team is on hand to provide tailored and individual, youth specific Coordination of Support and Specialist Support Coordination for 12-25 year olds across the Central Coast who may have or need help accessing NDIS funding. NDIS Funded Social Engagement and Living Skills Programs We have a number of exciting and innovative 'social engagement' and 'capacity and independence building' group programs we deliver from a number of RYSS locations. Including our shopfront in Gosford CBD, the Youth Arts Warehouse, Wyoming Youth Skills Centre and our mobile youth outreach centre THE BUS Rent Choice Youth Providing support accessing the Housing NSW Rent Choice Youth Program, also known as the Private Rental Subsidy Scheme (YPRS), now being delivered across all areas of the Central Coast. Employment Supports Our Abilities Team is available to deliver a range of employment assistance including; School Leavers Employment Support (SLES) Individual Employment Assistance Transitioning from school to further education Personalised support tailored to your NDIS plan goals Skills & Capacity Building We deliver a range of workshops and group activities designed specifically to help children, young people and families to build their skills, independence and resilience. Groups are targeted, innovative and flexible in their delivery and guided by evidence-based content to ensure relevant, comprehensive and engaging experiences by all participants. Youth Arts Warehouse The RYSS Youth Arts Warehouse is a contemporary Music, Art and Theatre venue located in the heart of Gosford, boasting state of the art production and performance facilities in a 300 person capacity theatre space. Focussing on providing creative development programs for young people aged 12 - 25. Wyoming Youth Skills Centre RYSS Wyoming provides youth programs, information and acts as a referral service, networking with Central Coast services to provide the community with updated and ongoing projects, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 18. RYSS Wyoming Youth Skills Centre is a great place for young people in the Wyoming and Narara area to go in the afternoon. The young people have a safe environment and place to chill out with friends get involved in skill building activities including sports and workshops to express creativity. We also run some of Independence Building and Abilities Programs out of this fantastic facility. THE RYSS BUS THE BUS - Together Helping Everyone Better Utilise Services. Regional Youth Support Services mobile outreach innovation delivers targeted Child, Youth, and Family support services to areas of the Central Coast where it is needed most. The RYSS Bus Project, supported by Family and Community Services as well as a range of other local community and business groups, will deliver programs designed by local services, for their local communities – focusing in particular on children, young people and their families. The Bus will ensure communities have the support they need, where they need it most. This full sized transit bus is custom fitted to deliver education and training sessions, forums, and information seminars, internet access, art and creativity workshops, outdoor cinema, music performances, and a range of other intervention and engagement programs. Gen Q - LGBTQIA+ Support Group GenQ is a network of young people (14-25), youth workers, services and health professionals who work collectively to provide young same-sex attracted and gender-variant people with support and social interaction.