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Wesley SANDS

Welcome to Wesley SANDS

Welcome to Wesley SANDS


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.

Fast facts

Fast Facts Wesley Youth

In 2014/15, Wesley StreetSmart engaged 1,773 young people, 200 young people were supported by Wesley Youth Hope, and Wesley Operation Hope supported 77 young people, up from 55 young people in the previous year.

Find out more in the 2015 Annual Report: Strength. Spirit. Hope.

Commitment to care

Wesley Mission is dedicated to strengthening families and helping young people through the transition years as they enter adulthood. We have pioneered a broad range of services for young people and their families to help them in whatever circumstances they are in. 

Wesley Mission is committed to:

  • offering young people support through counselling, mediation, financial and legal support and crisis accommodation
  • building strong and resilient young people and offering early intervention work
  • helping vulnerable young people thrive and reach their potential through foster care, mentoring and holiday camps
  • connecting with teenagers through a range of support services in the areas of substance abuse, employment, life issues and accommodation.

Wesley Mission’s values

Find out more about Wesley Mission’s values and core beliefs.

Vision and values