The Upper Hunter Community and Youth Development Project provides support to youth services and providers in the communities of Singleton, Muswellbrook, Merriwa, Scone, Denman, Aberdeen and Murrurundi.

The YDO (Youth Development Officer) holds Bi – monthly Upper Hunter Youth Network Meetings which gives youth workers and professionals a forum to discuss youth related issues and equip them with the skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with young people. 

What else does this program offer?- We work with individuals, families and other service providers in our communities. Within this we offer Case Management for youth between the ages of 12-17 years, advice/guidance or information to individuals or families in need of referrals to service providers, youth sector worker training, school based training in Secondary Schools and intensive support to build the knowledge and skills of people who are high or complex needs. In addition the YDO plays and important role in identifying and understanding the needs of our young people and promoting positive perceptions.

The YDO also organises  events/festivals throughout the year for the youth or youth and their families. Furthermore, the YDO provides assistance and encouragement to organisations running youth events and will advertise such events on the radio, Facebook and ion the newspapers.

Co-ordinator: Carlie Brown

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Muswellbrook High School Support for Schools 

Provides case management and facilitates programs to improve educational outcomes of MHS students and primary students from the MHS feeder schools, Denman Public, Sandy Hollow Public, Muswellbrook Public and Muswellbrook South Public.

Youth Worker: Elley Hunt

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Youth Development Project Directory


Youth Beyondblue website Youth support for Mental Health
Hunter New England Health Pre-natal education, young parent support, sexual assault worker, speech pathologist
Counselling Services A variety of counselling services available across the Upper Hunter area

Support Services

Upper Hunter Youth Development Officer Ensures all young people have appropriate access to services and advocacy. 
Upper Hunter Homeless Support Phone: 02 6542-5051, Assists with short-term and permanent accommodation
Upper Hunter Family Support Service Support to parents who have children aged 0-12 years. 
Aboriginal Family Worker  Support to Aboriginal parents who have children aged 0-8 years. 
PCYC Fitness, sporting, educational & cultural activities
Upper Hunter Youth Services Muswellbrook Activity Centre for 10-18 yrs and their families Activities, Counselling and Support
Singleton Youth Venue Provides social and recreational opportunities for youth and their families
Upper Hunter Youth Services Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi Linking young people socially to connect with support services
Upper Hunter Shire Youth Council Students from Upper Hunter schools who meet to discuss issues relevant to young people and who also put on events
Samaritans Disability, youth, family, mental health & community services
Muswellbrook Library Borrowing, computer and internet access, free wifi, family history research facilities
Challenge Community Services Provide support and services to community members with a disability
Intellectual Disability Rights Service Specialist legal advocacy service for people with an intellectual disability. 
Endeavour Group Endeavour Group provides disability support and service
Disability Advocacy Provides advocacy for those people with disabilities
Ability Links Assisting people with a disability
Hunter Community Legal Centre Free legal advice to people
OCHRE,Opportunity Hub.Upper Hunter Provides Aboriginal young people with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between secondary school and further education and/or employment
Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation Linking Aboriginal people to health services, training and education opportunities and art and cultural programs
Wanaruah Aboriginal Land Council Protects the interests and further the aspirations of the broader Aboriginal community
Home In Place  Home In Place primarily aims to alleviate the hardship of housing stress for low-to moderate-income-earning households
Police, Youth and DV Liaison Officer

Youth and DV liaison officer

Employment and Training

Aberdeen St Josephs High School
Merriwa Central School
Muswellbrook High School
Scone Grammar School
Scone High School
Singleton High School
St Catherines High School Singleton
Australian Christian College, Singleton
TAFE Australia’s largest regional vocational education and training provider
Youth Connections Worker, Joblink Plus Provides employment and welfare services, support and training
MAX Employment Provides government funded programs including job services Australia
Youth Express Linking young people with access to quality training and education opportunities



Alcohol and Drug Information 1800 422 499
Domestic Violence Hotline 1800 810 784
Homeless Persons Info centre 1800 234 566
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Legal Aid Youth Hotline 1800 10 18 10
Lifeline 131114
Pregnancy Helpline 1300 139 313
Q Life 1800 184 527
Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Sexual Health Info line 1800 451 624