The Support and New Directions for Students (SANDS) program, an initiative of Nambucca Shire Council and run in partnership with TAFE, began in the Nambucca Valley in 1999. The program was formed out of a desire to support high school students, particularly those falling through the gaps, to make a meaningful and smooth transition from school to employment or further training. Although successfully serving many young people through innovative activities, the program became at risk of closure.
From 2005 the program joined Wesley Mission, becoming Wesley SANDS and continuing the valuable work among at risk young people in the area. More than 360 ‘students at risk’ have been through the SANDS program since 1999.
Wesley Mission has a wealth of experience in working with children and their families. This includes looking out for young people and providing services tailored to their particular needs. Our work involves valuing and respecting young people, providing them with places to socialise and being there for them as they face the challenges of going through adolescence and becoming an adult.
Over the years Wesley Mission’s youth work has broadened in scope to encompass services such as counselling, accommodation, homeless services, employment training, adventure camps, church youth groups, community outreach programs and early intervention programs. Our services are constantly evolving to accommodate cultural shifts and expectations in the youth sector.