40 Years of Supporting Youth and Their Families in the Sutherland Shire

Engadine District Youth Services (EDYS) celebrates 40 years of supporting Youth and their Families in the Sutherland Shire Community

Engadine District Youth Services (EDYS) is celebrating it’s 40th birthday in December, and after serving a whole generation of Sutherland Shire Youth over this time, EDYS continues to reinvent itself to remain relevant and connected to young people. In an effort to sustain young people at each stage of their journey, with an aim to promote healthy self-esteem and safe and healthy relationships, our EDYS staff ensure they provide holistic support to strengthen the capacity of young people.

Established in 1976, EDYS has stood the test of time, evolving to meet the needs of the community’s youth. With a focus on activities such a music festivals, skateboarding competitions and school holiday programs, EDYS quickly established itself and filled needs within the Engadine & surrounding suburbs for programs and activities for teens from 12 to 18 years.

EDYS became a project of Sutherland Shire Family Services since early 2015, and has become the hub of their Youth & Family programs offering casework and information, support and activities that encourage informed decision making, positive choices and healthy relationships. EDYS and Sutherland Shire Family Services provide valuable community resources and support programs, both through in-school & outreach initiatives, school holiday activities, local youth events as well as parenting teens programs. Taking referrals from schools, other services and self-referrals, EDYS works individually with young people and/or their families across a broad range of issues such as adolescent/parent conflict, family violence, peer relationships, mental health, sexuality as well as living and social skills.

EDYS also offers a dynamic and creative social space for young people in the Shire to gather, socialise and express themselves in a safe, non-judgmental place that is alcohol and drug free. With a music & production room, café and free wi-fi available, as well as access to experienced youth professionals, EDYS is also a place youth can get help with any issues they may be struggling with. EDYS staff are able to provide emotional and practical support, advocacy, information and resources to help navigate any young adult’s challenges.

In 2016, EDYS continue to offer in-school programs such as the Love Bites healthy relationships program for Year 10 students, which is now implemented in over 9 local Shire high schools. EDYS also offers the RAGE (Renavigating Angry and Guilty Emotions) program in schools and Drumbeats, a therapeutic program focusing on teamwork and co-operation, to reduce anxiety and stress through rhythm and music therapy techniques. Similarly, EDYS staff are also trained in the delivery of the Angel Blankets program, a therapeutic program that promotes resilience in young people.

“We are honoured to have been a part of the youth community for so many years, and are excited about what the future holds for EDYS in continuing to be relevant to the next generation of Shire youth”, says Diane Manns, CEO of Sutherland Shire Family Services.

By all accounts, 2017 will bring exciting things for EDYS as they launch their new website and extend their program offerings, which will focus on using music and technology for expression, and to drive capability and capacity in the increasingly challenging environment for today’s youth.

EDYS Youth Workers are available Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, with the EDYS Café and Social space available Wednesday – Friday 3.00pm – 6.00pm. All welcome.

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