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Wesley Youth Services

Welcome to Wesley Youth Services

Welcome to Wesley Youth Services

Origins

Wesley Mission has been reaching out to young people since 1889 when we established a ‘Boy’s Club’ at the Central Methodist Mission where young men could go for socialisation and education. The club began in response to a well-publicised and problematic ‘larrikin’ culture that Sydney was experiencing at the time. The Central Methodist Mission was keen to provide a safe place for young men to make friends and find help and guidance if they needed.

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Since then Wesley Mission has looked out for young people and provided services tailored to their needs. Valuing and respecting young people, providing them with places to socialise and being there for them as they face the challenges of becoming an adult—these features became key features of Wesley Mission’s work.

A major youth outreach initiative undertaken by Wesley Mission was Teenage Cabaret, which began in 1960 and ran for ten years. It was based on the premise that the best way to reach young people was through pop music and dancing. Teenage Cabaret involved contemporary bands in Sydney performing to crowds of up to 800 young people.

Over the years Wesley Mission’s youth work was 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.

Wesley Youth Services run throughout Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Fast facts

Fast Facts Wesley YouthIn 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, casework, support groups and holiday camps
  • connecting with young people through a range of support services in the areas of substance misuse, emotional and behavioural development, mental health, employment, life issues, living skills and accommodation.

Wesley Mission’s values

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

Vision and values