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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

The concept of a cycling event to raise funds for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth was born with the first R4R Illawarra taking place in 2014 raising $4,000 and featuring 25 riders. Operating as the Combined Rotary Clubs of the Illawarra and featuring 6 of the 9 local Rotary Clubs, the organisers created a committee and selected local charity, Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS) as a beneficiary of funds raised.

5 years later, after 6 consecutive annual events, a total of $93,000 has been raised for SYFS and in 2019 an agreement was formalised linking Rotary Illawarra and SYFS in partnership to this event exclusively.

Ride4Rotary is back at the Unanderra Velodrome this May 23rd, bigger and better than ever, proudly supported by Bluescope WIN Community Partnerships as Major Event Sponsors. Our 2021 fundraising target is $40,000 and we need your help to raise much needed funds for youth at risk across the Illawarra and South Coast.

To find out more, register to ride or support someone else who is, visit

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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