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Youth Support


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Our daily program provides a youth friendly space, access to youth workers and educational support as well as a range of creative and physical activities.

Our role is to:

  • Ensure activities are relevant and reflective of the specific challenges faced by the young people
  • Work towards promoting strong, caring relationships and connecting young people with their families, peers, school and the community
  • Develop positive relationships with young people so they know help is available if needed
  • Provide support and knowledge on healthy and safe practices and lifestyle choices
  • Focus on working with the specific needs of individual youth and if required connect them to various agencies and youth specific resources
  • Guide the important transition from primary school to high school by connecting children to the supportive environment of the youth program
  • Provide vocational workshops which give young people the opportunity to expand their skills and abilities in specific areas, that may enhance their knowledge base and prospects for future study and employment

A snapshot of daily activities:

  • Art and Craft –jewellery making, glass painting, wood burning, canvas art, tile craft
  • Cooking – creating and sharing afternoon tea and school holiday lunches
  • Outdoor Adventures – camps, challenging activities
  • Computers – for study and entertainment
  • Sport – space to play casual basketball, soccer and a variety of games
  • Photography – taking, editing and producing photos
  • Dinner Nights – time to sit and share a meal with friends and staff
  • Excursions – to places of interest and entertainment

Outdoor Adventures


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Our aim is to provide a variety of outdoor adventure camps and excursions for enrolled children and youth that provide new experiences, challenge, build self-confidence and provide life-long skills.

Our role is to:

  • Provide educational, recreational and socially fun opportunities outside the local community for children and youth who would otherwise have limited access to regular activities
  • Deliver a program of structured outdoor camps and excursions suitable to the specific needs of children and youth
  • Provide a variety of activities that challenge the children and youth’s comfort zone in a safe and supportive setting
  • Promote positive peer and staff relationships and facilitate team work

A snapshot of camping activities:

North, south and western NSW:
Children’s Camps –

  • the opportunity to venture away from home for the first time, build friendships and experience activities such as staying on a farm, exploring the Blue Mountains or the fun of a seaside holiday
  • adventure activities for older children who are transitioning to the youth program, such as camping, sand boarding, dolphin watching and surfing

Youth Camps –

  • Time out from the day to day routines for older youth, to spend time with friends and strengthen their relationships with staff
  • Build confidence and self awareness through activities such as abseiling, ropes courses and horse riding

Our History


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The Girls & Boys Brigade has a long history of taking care of inner city children. The charity commenced as The Boys’ Brigade in 1882 by Sir James Reading Fairfax from the Sydney Morning Herald and Mr Samuel Bennett from the Evening News, who were deeply concerned about the welfare and living condition of the young lads engaged in street newspaper selling and other inner city boys who were often bereft of many simple life necessities.

Our safe place off the streets provided boys with a social outlet and a range of vocational and recreation activities.

Since then, the Brigade has delivered continuous services to inner city communities and the Centre in Surry Hills, built in 1912, is a safe haven for children and youth in the community.

Download 125th Anniversary Newspaper
Download Historical Feature Newspaper Article

Our Goals


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Our goal is:

To provide care and support to children and youth in need by providing recreation, education and activities that build life skills as a foundation for a brighter future.

The Girls and Boys Brigade believe that all children deserve a positive future.

To achieve this GBB provides a safe and trusting place for our local children and youth to socialise and build resilience, practical life skills and healthy relationships through recreation activities, educational help and individual support.

GBB cares for children, youth and their families who often experience significant socio-economic challenges in their lives.

We welcome cultural diversity and respect differing family values and circumstances.

For our enrolled children and youth we:

  • Assist in social and emotional development
  • Provide challenging and practical activities
  • Support key life transitions
  • Help build positive family relationships

To assist with Education we:

  • Inspire positive learning
  • Provide relevant programs and technology
  • Develop confidence and ability
  • Support education as a lifelong benefit

We provide Family Support that:

  • Offers open practical support
  • Strengthens families
  • Advocates on our parents behalf
  • Provides referrals

We value our community by:

  • Researching social issues
  • Addressing needs
  • Responding to change
  • Engaging in community wellbeing
  • Networking and partnering with community organisations

About Us


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