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The Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) is a non-for-profit charity that provides a range of services for children, young people, adults and families.

SYFS is based in Illawarra, Shoalhaven, South Coast, Cooma, Queanbeyan and Goulburn areas, all offering a large number of services and programs that support young people and families.

SYFS believes in young people and aims to support young people and their families to have positive lives and to be able to access resources and services to assist them.


The organisation provides support services such as crisis, medium term and transitional supported accommodation, social housing, counselling, mediation, referral, information provision, court support, advocacy, encouragement, health advice, pre and postnatal care, drug and alcohol support and dietitian advice.

Along with programs such as living and social skills, personal care, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, exercise and fitness, managing and keeping rental properties, homework support, job seeking and preparation for interviews, communication skills, music and songwriting, art and dance, culture and also other training courses.

Services can be delivered through drop in support, case management, case work, home visit, crisis intervention, early intervention, community development and community participation.

Social enterprises including a cleaning business, venue hire and a fabulous cafe. Which provides training and employment for young people.

A well-equipped recording studio and music room.

A brand new first class conference and event space that is available for corporate and private occasions. With first class seating and staging it can also be used for live shows and the performing arts alike, with enough space to cater to 300 people.


Beautiful newly renovated and modernized properties to safe accommodation and social housing.


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Partnership in Focus: Ride4Rotary

With combined efforts, even more Event Sponsors and Supporters came who came on board in support of the event and individual riders / teams were registering at a record rate for both the live and newly introduced Virtual ride, there were around 150 riding across both options. Ultimately Ride4Rotary 2021 would attract an unprecedented 15 Event Sponsors and a further 9 Event Supporters who contributed to the success of the event in various ways.

The final proceeds coming in at almost $70,000 after event costs. This is more than triple the previous single year record of $22K and indeed 80% of what the event had raised in its previous 7 years overall.

On June 11 an official Cheque Presentation Ceremony was held at SYFS Youth and Family Centre in Warilla with guests including politicians, sponsors, Rotarians and of course several of the young people involved who were so committed to giving back to the organisation and programs that assist them.

All proceeds from Ride4Rotary go towards Southern Youth and Family Services Education, Employment and Training programs, designed to improve the quality of life of their young people and their families.

Southern Youth and Family Services would again like to thank and acknowledge Illawarra's Rotary Clubs, all event sponsors, supporters, everyone who registered and participated along with the generous Illawarra Community and everyone who sponsored riders and donated to the event.


Service in Focus: The M.E.T Cafe

The M.E.T (Meet, Eat and Treats) Cafe

A social enterprise providing support, training and employment to young people.

  • Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake
  • Indoor and outdoor dinning
  • Take away service
  • Catering also available




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