Who We Are 

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 NSWOur 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.  

What We Do

RYSS delivers intensive support for young people in need through -

· Case Management, Early Intervention, and Information & Referral services;
· Direct relief from poverty (food hampers, vouchers and clothing)
· Transitional Accommodation and Targeted Living Skills Programs;
· Advocacy & Social Engagement strategies;
· In-Home and In-Community Disability Support; (Certified and registered NDIS provider)
· Provide educational programs and one to one support addressing needs,
· Links and direct assistance with employment solutions;
· Youth Arts Warehouse (Visual arts, Music & Theatre)
· Cultural and kin connections
· Indigenous Justice Program: Leaving custody support and crime prevention initiatives.

From our early days of delivering outreach support from a small van in the mid-1980’s, RYSS today supports over 200+ young people at any one time, & delivers many thousands of direct support contacts, case management engagements, early intervention support, and family reconnections to almost 1000 young people each year. Many young people accessing support from RYSS are either homeless or at risk of homelessness, for whom RYSS works tirelessly to assist with immediate and long term accommodation needs, family difficulties, alcohol and other drug concerns, access to education, living skills support, and help navigating external services in their community.

How We Do It

RYSS delivers specialist support to young people experiencing homelessness, mental health difficulties (including undiagnosed or misdiagnosed issues), young people currently engaged, with (or at risk of engaging with) the juvenile justice system, family breakdown, domestic violence, those exposed to the impacts of drugs and alcohol, and the many issues associated with these. RYSS delivers Indigenous-specific support programs, along with a number of Aboriginal activities and events designed to reconnect young indigenous clients with their culture, and build on awareness and connectedness, while providing support alongside this with any or all of the above-mentioned issues. 


We recognise, nurture and develop potential. 


We accept and embrace diversity and inclusion through service delivery and community action. 


We promote the participation of young people in their communities through partnership and advocacy. 


We aim to provide excellent services for young people through professional, ethical and respectful practice.


We assist self-determination by exploring options, challenges obstacles and supporting informed choices.

Want to Know More?

As an independent NFP non-government charity organisation, RYSS relies on the generous and ongoing support of businesses, foundations, and donors, to ensure continued delivery of new and exciting programs and supports to young people. We love to stay in contact with our community through our various platforms. Make sure you follow us on social media for updates or subscribe to our mailing list to receive emails for 'What's on at RYSS" alternatively you can call 02 4323 2374 and speak with a member of our team if you require further information about any of our programs, projects or events. 




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