1981

Logan declared a city

1981

Logan declared a city
1983

Christian Brothers established a community in Kingston

1983

Christian Brothers established a community in Kingston
1984

Community development work started

1984

Community development work started

Our community development work included juvenile justice and truancy. Juvenile justice work with young people and their families led to the start of YFS and the truancy work resulted in the start of the Centre Education Programme (now an Edmund Rice Flexi School). Pictured on the right is Mick Devlin, who founded Youth and Family Services. Mick was the organisation’s coordinator/manager until 1987.

1985

Atkinson Street youth housing accommodation opened

1985

Atkinson Street youth housing accommodation opened

YFS provided this accommodation until the early 1990s.

1985

YFS held its first annual general meeting

1985

YFS held its first annual general meeting
1986

2 Rowan Street, Slacks Creek office opened

1986

2 Rowan Street, Slacks Creek office opened

Youth and Family Service (Logan City) was recognised as an incorporated association. We provided housing and homelessness assistance.

1987

YFS coordinator/manager Pam Searle appointed

1987

YFS coordinator/manager Pam Searle appointed

Pam joined YFS in 1987 and led the organisation until her departure in 1989.

1987

Youthlink launched

1987

Youthlink launched

Youthlink offered activities for young people, developed to address youth unemployment (Pixies Catering), homelessness and links to education.

1988

Juvenile Advocacy Services

1988

Juvenile Advocacy Services

Funding for this service commenced, signalling the start of the Logan Youth Legal Service.

1989

Young YFS clients performed the play, Charged Up

1989

Young YFS clients performed the play, Charged Up
1989

Our Homeless Children Report released

1989

Our Homeless Children Report released

YFS was visited by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner Brian Burdekin. Brian commissioned this report, which made recommendations about children having the right to receive adequate housing, to enjoy special protection and to be protected against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation.

1989

Health bus clinic started

1989

Health bus clinic started

Until 1993, YFS sponsored the health bus, offering contraception and conception counselling, and STI and HIV screening and counselling.

1990

4 Rowan Street, Slacks Creek property acquired

1990

4 Rowan Street, Slacks Creek property acquired

The property was extended in 1993.

1990

Start of Commonwealth Family and Relationships programs

1990

Start of Commonwealth Family and Relationships programs

Family and relationship programs included adolescent, parent mediation and family counselling services. They continue today, and are now known as Step by Step (family support).

1992

Logan Legal Advice Centre formed by YFS and local solicitors

1992

Logan Legal Advice Centre formed by YFS and local solicitors

YFS takes on the management of the Logan Legal Advice Centre, which moved to our 4 Rowan Street premises. Also, the domestic violence and Survival Sex programs for young people commenced.

1992

Queensland Health Young Parents program began

1992

Queensland Health Young Parents program began

The program continued until 2006.

1994

Women’s Anti-Violence Support Service separates from YFS

1994

Women’s Anti-Violence Support Service separates from YFS

WAVSS formed its own organisation so that YFS could focus on working with male perpetrators.

1995

Self Organised Youth Accommodation (SOYA) developed

1995

Self Organised Youth Accommodation (SOYA) developed

Through SOYA, YFS offered young people 17 long-term housing units at 35A Defiance Road, Woodridge. We relinquished management of the property in June 2018.

1996

Logan Youth Connections amalgamated with YFS

1996

Logan Youth Connections amalgamated with YFS

Logan Youth Connections (Community Connections) helped post-school young people with multiple disabilities. It amalgamated with YFS in 1996.

1997

376 Kingston Road, Slacks Creek office purchased

1997

376 Kingston Road, Slacks Creek office purchased
1997

Community Conferencing program commenced

1997

Community Conferencing program commenced
1998

Youth Support coordinator commenced working in Logan high schools

1998

Youth Support coordinator commenced working in Logan high schools
1998

Logan River Valley Housing Tenancy amalgamated with YFS

1998

Logan River Valley Housing Tenancy amalgamated with YFS

Logan River Valley Housing Tenancy (previously Logan Hotline) amalgamated with YFS. This program continued, under the name Logan Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service, until 2013.

1999

M-Power commenced

1999

M-Power commenced

Through M-Power, YFS delivered an early intervention mental health program for young people until 2014.

2000

YFS became a Registered Training Organisation

2000

YFS became a Registered Training Organisation

Our RTO status continued until 2006.

2000

Community Job Plans program commenced

2000

Community Job Plans program commenced

In its six-year lifespan, this program offered paid work to a number of unemployed people to develop the Eagleby Wetlands.

2001

TASK work enterprise group commenced

2001

TASK work enterprise group commenced

TASK is a car wash and gardening enterprise initiated by a YFS disability client. It continues to operate today.

2001

YFS managed Outer Southern Suburbs Community Accommodation Inc

2001

YFS managed Outer Southern Suburbs Community Accommodation Inc

YFS accepted responsibility to manage OSSCA INC based at Moorooka. We managed the organisation until 2005.

2001

Centenary of Federation mosaic created

2001

Centenary of Federation mosaic created

Our disability clients went above and beyond by creating a wonderful mosaic celebrating 100 years since Australia’s federation. The mosaic remains proudly displayed in the front courtyard of our office at 376 Kingston Road.

2002

YFS acquired funding for the Needle and Syringe Program

2002

YFS acquired funding for the Needle and Syringe Program

The Needle and Syringe Program was previously unfunded.

2002

Logan Youth Legal received Children’s Lawyer of the Year Award

2002

Logan Youth Legal received Children’s Lawyer of the Year Award

Pictured is a resource created for young people by the Logan Youth Legal Service in 2002. It helped them understand their responsibilities under the law.

2002

Long-standing YFS coordinator/manager Tony Parsons farewelled

2002

Long-standing YFS coordinator/manager Tony Parsons farewelled

Tony was one of the longest-standing Youth and Family Services managers. He started in the position in 1991. Pictured is Tony (front row, blue shirt) at his farewell in 2002. Also pictured is current YFS CEO Cath Bartolo (front row, red shirt). Cath assumed the role of YFS chief executive on Tony’s departure in 2002.

2003

Drug Accommodation Pilot commenced

2003

This pilot commenced as a community diversion program and alternative to prison. YFS managed the housing component until 2013.

2003

Young people programs diversified

2003

Young people programs diversified

These programs included: Job Placement Employment and Training Youth Engagement Service (a school-based program for young people disengaged from the early years of high school; it was funded by Community Renewal).

2004

New job seeker and domestic violence programs released

2004

YFS began to deliver a job seeker program for parents and domestic violence perpetrator programs.

2004

YFS coordinates Friendship Games

2004

YFS coordinates Friendship Games

Through sport, the Friendship Fames helped connect young refugees to assist with their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

2005

Couple counselling and specialised family violence work commenced

2005

Changes to the family support policy enabled couple counselling and specialised family violence work to commence.

2005

YFS hosted Queensland Governor Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce

2005

YFS hosted Queensland Governor Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce
2005

YFS holds YFest

2005

YFS holds YFest

YFest was a festival for young people, organised by YFS.

2006

Early childhood team commenced

2006

This was an early intervention program that supported families and children under five years of age. It led to YFS opening an office at Waterford West primary school in 2007. The program operated until 2013.

2006

2QT2BSTR8 outreach began

2006

2QT2BSTR8 outreach began

Through this program, youth and social workers began to provide confidential counselling to gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersexed, transgendered or questioning young people aged 16 to 19 years.

2007

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program commenced

2007

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program commenced

PHaMs is a mental health recovery support program.

2008

ReSolv program commenced

2008

ReSolv program commenced

ReSolv was a volatile substance misuse program targeting young people, 12 to 17 years of age. The program amalgamated with YouthLink in 2015.

2008

The Burrabilly (Indigenous mental health) program commenced

2008

The Burrabilly (Indigenous mental health) program commenced

The program was initiated with the support of the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Aboriginal Corporation for Elders. It operated until 2015.

2008

YFS launched the employment program, Participate in Prosperity

2008

YFS launched the employment program, Participate in Prosperity

This program provided intensive case-management assistance for people who faced barriers to employment. It ended in 2013.

2008

Next Step Logan Beenleigh Young Person’s Project commenced

2008

Next Step Logan Beenleigh Young Person’s Project commenced

Next Step was a social inclusion initiative that provided opportunities for government, non-government and the community to work in a more coordinated manner to address the needs of young people. It continued until 2012.

2008

Lifelong Planning Community Support Initiative started

2008

Lifelong Planning Community Support Initiative started

LPCSI focused on building the ability of mainstream services to support people with disabilities. The program ended in 2014.

2009

YFS turned 25!

2009

YFS turned 25!

We celebrated by holding a party in Rowan Park. More than 1,000 people joined the celebrations including clients, neighbours, politicians, funding bodies, local community organisations, current and past staff.

2009

YFS delivered more than 40 programs

2009

YFS delivered more than 40 programs

By 2009, the population of Logan City reached 260,000 and reflected more than 160 cultures. IN that year, YFS expanded to deliver more than 40 programs in five Logan sites, employing more than 130 staff. During the 2009-10 financial year, YFS supported more than 5000 people who sought advice, information, counselling, group work and services.

2009

YFS’ 25th anniversary showcased by media

2009

YFS’ 25th anniversary showcased by media
2010

Information, Referral and Assessment Services (IRAS) commenced

2010

Information, Referral and Assessment Services (IRAS) commenced

IRAS was launched as our ‘no wrong door’ service, for walk-in and telephone enquiries. It’s now called YFS Connect.

2011

16 Central was built

2011

16 Central was built

YFS opened its new, purpose-built building at 358 Kingston Road, Slacks Creek for disability programs.

2011

Respectful Relationships program commenced

2011

Respectful Relationships program commenced

The Respectful Relationships program helped young people aged between 13 and 24 years. The program was delivered through Woodridge High School, Marsden High School, Logan TAFE, Multilink and YFS.

2011

YFS staff development day: Healthy Headspace Conference

2011

YFS staff development day: Healthy Headspace Conference

YFS held its yearly staff development day by staging the Healthy Headspace Conference. Other local organisations attend as well.

2012

YFS continued to grow

2012

YFS continued to grow

By 2012, 148 paid staff and 42 volunteers were operating from our sites across Logan.

2012

First Reconciliation Action Plan launched

2012

First Reconciliation Action Plan launched

The 2012-2014 plan was the first to detail our commitment to reconciliation and closing the unacceptable gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australian’s health and wellbeing.

2012

WorkCrew social enterprise commenced

2012

WorkCrew social enterprise commenced

The enterprise concluded in 2016.

2012

Home Energy Scheme rolled out

2012

Home Energy Scheme rolled out

Home visits and education sessions helped people in Logan, Brisbane, Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley to better manage their energy at home.

2012

Place-based Money Management Service released

2012

Place-based Money Management Service released

Income-managed clients learned new skills to manage their money effectively.

2013

SubStation33 created!

2013

SubStation33 created!

In its first year, our social enterprise e-waste recycling initiative processed 10,000kg of equipment.

2013

The CLUB (Communicating, Learning, Understanding and Belonging) launched

2013

The CLUB (Communicating, Learning, Understanding and Belonging) launched

YFS initiated this program for primary school children in partnership with The Salvation Army Communities for Children and five local primary schools.

2013

WWILD co-located with YFS

2013

WWILD moved into with us in Slacks Creek to support Logan women with intellectual disabilities in addressing sexual violence and safe behaviours.

2013

Youth and Family Services rebranded as YFS

2013

Youth and Family Services rebranded as YFS

And we became a company limited by guarantee. Previously, we were an incorporated association.

2013

YFS services reduced

2013

A $4 million reduction in Queensland and Commonwealth Government funding ended a number of our long-term services.

2014

Corporate sponsors secured

2014

Corporate sponsors secured

Macquarie Bank and Westpac Bank became sponsors of a number of our social enterprises.

2014

Indigenous greats speak

2014

Indigenous greats speak

Our staff heard from keynote speakers Noel Pearson and Wesley Enoch at our annual staff conference.

2014

Problem gambling service launched

2014

We launched a new financial counselling service addressing program gambling.

2014

Indigenous groups co-located with YFS

2014

Indigenous groups co-located with YFS

We were pleased to begin sharing our Slacks Creek premises with the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, including the Murri Men’s Group.

2014

YFS Legal launched

2014

YFS Legal launched

Our two community legal centres, Logan Youth Legal and Logan Legal Advice Centre, amalgamate to become YFS Legal.

2014

Get Ready takes off

2014

We introduced Get Ready to help prepare people with disabilities and their families for the NDIS in the Logan, Redlands and Gold Coast areas.

2015

YFS celebrated 30 years of service

2015

YFS celebrated 30 years of service

YFS came into existence soon after Logan’s formation and in 2015, we celebrated 30 years of service with a park-side birthday party. Watch our YFS beginnings – 30 years of wisdom video to find out more. You’ll hear from our founder Mick Devlin!

2015

Browns Plains office opened

2015

Browns Plains office opened

Through this office, we provided people in the Browns Plains and Beaudesert regions with access to our Intensive Family Support Program. The office closed in 2018 when we opened our Jimboomba centre.

2015

R4Respect commenced

2015

R4Respect commenced

In its first nine months, our youth-led violence prevention initiative generated more than 300 social media posts, attracted almost 1,200 Facebook likes, and reached about 3,000 young people face-to-face through more than 15 events in schools and communities.

2015

YouthLink expanded to the Redlands

2015

YouthLink expanded to the Redlands

Our YouthLink team worked in an expanded catchment area, taking in people in the Redland City including the Bay Islands who need intensive support to gain the skills for independence and to avoid disadvantage.

2015

YFS Connect launched

2015

YFS Connect launched

We reshaped our financial services area to create YFS Connect, a hub bringing together services that help people deal with financial crisis and learn how to manage money for the future. YFS Connect incorporates our intake and referral service (formerly IRAS), our financial counsellors, Money Smart financial capability workers and emergency relief services.

2015

Intensive Family Support service began

2015

And it quickly reached capacity, working with families with child protection concerns to help them keep their children safe.

2016

QSTARS moved in

2016

QSTARS moved in

We were very pleased to welcome Tenants Queensland’s QSTARS tenancy advice workers to share our Slacks Creek premises.

2016

YFS becomes a ParentsNext provider

2016

YFS becomes a ParentsNext provider

ParentsNext is a Federally-funded program for parents of young children to prepare to enter the workforce. We help parents define career goals, and make and implement plans to achieve them.

2016

NDIS planning underway

2016

NDIS planning underway

We supported people using our disability programs to begin planning for the NDIS, employing a worker to help with pre-planning.

2016

Substation33 built up its innovation hub

2016

Substation33 built up its innovation hub

More than 300 people did almost 35,000 hours of work experience at Substation33, learning how to function in a workplace as well as how to disassemble electronic goods and use 3D printers.

2016

Project Hera launched

2016

Project Hera launched

Queensland Police Service Logan and YFS Ltd entered into a new and unique partnership agreement, Project HERA. A YFS worker began to be co-located with the Logan District Domestic and Family Violence Unit to provide prompt assessment, referral and support to those affected by domestic violence.

2016

Not Now, Not Ever in Logan solidified support

2016

Not Now, Not Ever in Logan solidified support

YFS joined Federal, State and local government, businesses, organisations and services to take up the challenge to put an end to domestic and family violence. As part of the campaign, the Rotary Clubs of Logan, Loganholme and Beenleigh funded the production of a pocket Quick Help Guide, outlining sources of support and information for Logan people experiencing violence.

2016

372 Kingston Road office opened

2016

372 Kingston Road office opened

When we opened a new office at 372 Kingston Road Slacks Creek, we were pleased to include co-location space for the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders.

2016

Beaudesert and Jimboomba domestic and family violence service started

2016

In October 2016, we became the domestic and family violence service for the Beaudesert and Jimboomba region.

2017

YFS expanded The Club

2017

YFS expanded The Club

Involving seven additional schools in 2016, The Club worked with 397 vulnerable students to help them improve their social skills and ability to thrive in the school environment.

2017

Done With Debt campaign kicked off

2017

Done With Debt campaign kicked off

Involving seven additional schools in 2016, The Club worked with 397 vulnerable students to help them improve their social skills and ability to thrive in the school environment.

2017

Substation33 established Solar Signs Solutions

2017

Substation33 established Solar Signs Solutions

Substation33 partnered with Logan City Council to manufacture flood warning signs for low-lying road crossings. The signs proved themselves during Tropical Cyclone Debbie in early 2017, when no motorists attempted to drive through floodwaters at the nine crossings where solar signs were installed.

2017

YFS actively contributed to Logan Integrated Service Response to Domestic Violence

2017

YFS actively contributed to Logan Integrated Service Response to Domestic Violence

The improved information sharing between organisations greatly increased our collective ability to support victims of high-risk perpetrators to achieve safety, and to hold perpetrators accountable.

2017

75 YFS volunteers and clients moved into paid work

2017

75 YFS volunteers and clients moved into paid work

We helped Substation33 volunteers move into paid work once they gained experience and skills with us. We also worked with clients in our case management teams, particularly our PHAMs mental health recovery service. They joined our ParentsNext team to improve work readiness of people facing significant barriers to employment.

2017

Sure Steps family coaching service launched

2017

Sure Steps family coaching service launched

This service helped public housing tenants with young children identify and achieve aspirations for their families. We developed the approach in consultation with Logan Together and the Department of Housing and Public Works.

2018

Functional Family Therapy Queensland trial began

2018

Functional Family Therapy Queensland trial began

YFS became the only Queensland organisation funded to trial Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare, an evidence-based program developed by New York Foundling LLC that works with complex, high needs families at risk of entering statutory child protection services.

2018

Assessment and Service Connect introduced

2018

Assessment and Service Connect introduced

ASC began working alongside statutory workers to assist with assessment of family functioning and identification of appropriate support services for families with children at risk of entering child protection.

2018

YFS lights a Spark

2018

YFS lights a Spark

We launched Spark, an exciting initiative for people in Logan public housing who want brighter futures, and the program is now taking referrals. Spark lights the way and connect people with opportunities to work, learn, volunteer or start their own micro business.

2018

Trauma-informed practice introduced

2018

YFS worked to establish trauma-informed practice into the way we support our clients. Trauma-informed practice recognises and acknowledges trauma and its prevalence. It considers that most of our clients have been harmed by something or someone.

2018

YFS opened Jimboomba office

2018

YFS opened Jimboomba office

Recognising population growth in the western Logan area, we opened a new campus in Jimboomba. Our Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare, Intensive Family Support, and Beaudesert Domestic and Family Violence Service for Women and Children teams are based there.