Greater Dandenong Youth Network (GDYN)

The Greater Dandenong Youth Network (GDYN) provides the opportunity for local government, youth related services, agencies, education providers and faith based organisations to meet bi-monthly to:

  • share information
  • provide collegiate support
  • access professional development opportunities
  • identify issues affecting young people, their families and service providers.

The GDYN also facilitates:

  • development of partnerships and collaboration
  • information and resource sharing
  • discussion and co-ordination of funding
  • improving services, networking, cooperation, coordination and integration of youth agency programs.
  • Opportunities for advocacy together with or on behalf of young people and to provide formal feedback on regional youth issues to government

For more information download the GDYN Terms of Reference (PDF - 144KB).

GDYN membership

If you would like to be part of the GDYN, please complete an online membership form.

Alternatively, you can contact Kylie Wilmot on 9793 2155 or email kylie.wilmot@cgd.vic.gov.au

Information to support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has already brought significant change to the way in which services are delivered, and that young people are supported and engaged.

The following resources may be of assistance to youth workers during this challenging time:

General COVID-19 Updates

Department of Health and Human Services – latest information and health alerts for Victoria

Youth Affairs Council of Victoria – useful resources and tools for supporting young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Federal Government has also released an app, available on both Apple and Android devices. Search for ‘Coronavirus Australia’ on the App Store or Google Play.

 

Digital Youth Work

Already, youth workers are coming up with new and innovative ways of connecting with young people, during this time when face-to-face program delivery is not possible.

Check out some of the following possibilities for connecting digitally with young people:

  • ·       Skype – video conferencing, useful for both groups and individual support

    ·       Facebook – a range of tools you can get creative with. Try Facebook Live, or host a Watch or Listen party for young people

    ·        Houseparty app – enables group video chatting

    ·        Google Duo – another group video calling app

    ·       Padlet – create online bulletin boards to share ideas and information

For more ideas, the Centre for Digital Youth Work (Finland) has a list of suggestions.

Please remember to check your organisations IT policies and the last security information to ensure the privacy of you and your clients.

Working from home

Adjusting to working remotely? Here’s some helpful advice.

Super Friend – tips for staying motivated when working from home

Heads Up – managing mental health and work

 

Activities for Self-Isolation

We’ve compiled a list of resources and activities for young people during self-isolation. You may wish to share these ideas with your young people:

Wellbeing

Fun Stuff

Online Learning

 

Key support services

Coronavirus information line 1800 020 080

National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007

Crisis support services

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Beyond Blue Support Line 1300 22 4636

GDYN meetings

In line with social distancing regulations, Greater Dandenong Youth Network meetings are currently on hold.

We will continue to provide regular eNewsletters during this period, to bring you the latest information about change to services, additional resources and ideas about staying connected.

Future meeting dates will be advised once confirmed.

Previous meeting minutes 2020:

Thursday 13 February - Youth Education and Employment Pathways

Click here to download meeting minutes

 

Meeting Minutes for 2019

Thursday 7 February - Understanding the Youth Sector in Greater Dandenong (PDF - 808KB)

Wednesday 3 April - Young people, Alcohol and Other Drugs (PDF - 539KB)

Thursday 6 June - Homelessness and Material Aid (PDF - 335KB)

Wednesday 7 August - Bringing together the Youth and Education Sectors: working collaboratively to support young people (PDF - 486KB)

Thursday 10 October - Youth Mental Health (PDF - 386KB)

Wednesday 4 December - Youth United Against Family Violence, End of Year Review and Evaluation (PDF - 334KB)

·        Skype – video conferencing, useful for both groups and individual support