VAKS - Vans and Kitchens

VAKS represents a voluntary network of autonomous community organisations who offer a range of services distinctively by way of a van or kitchen. Food and drinks are offered to the poor and homeless for free or at a reasonably low price. VAKS is not an organisation but a community service website. You can find out when, where, waht and who is providing a van or kitchen to homeless people. The website can be used as a tool to promote the services of providers who have given their information to VAKS. For further information

General Support Services


"GIVIT is a web-based philanthropic community where people donate items or time to people in need.   They are a 'targeted giving' service that finds new lives for your unwanted items with worthy recipients."

So if you have anything to give or you need something and don't have a lot of money, this is a great website.

Knowing your privacy rights

A publication for young people to be aware on issues such as: identity theft, online social networking, scanning of identity documents at pubs and clubs, online shopping, dealing with telemarketers and responding to requests for personal information. The publication will progressively be distributed across the country through universities, TAFE colleges, and other forums.

To order copies, email It is also available for download online at

Newly Arrived Migrants and Refugees

The Newly Arrived Youth Support Service (NAYSS) initiative provides culturally appropriate services ranging from early intervention to transition, for newly arrived young people aged 12 to 21 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

NAYSS providers will help newly arrived young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to improve their level of engagement with family, work, education, training and the community by using a variety of strategies such as counselling, family mediation and practical support.

Access to Interpreters

The Department of Communities will reimburse services that use professional interpreters such as TIS National or local private agencies for clients who have difficulties commnicating in English.

All funded services can submit their claim for reimbursement through the Sector Development area of the Department of Communities.

For further information contact:

Carolyn Hughes A/Senior Program Officer, Department of Communities on 3247 4196

QPASTT - QLD Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma

There are office in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville.

To contact QPASTT go to or call the Brisbane office for more info on 07 3391 6677

Young Parents

Young Mothers for Young Women

Young Mothers for Young Women (YMYW) is a peer support, education and advocacy service for young women under the age of 25 who are pregnant and parenting.

For more info go to:

Young Parents Progam

Phone: (07) (07) 3357 9944

Brisbane Youth Service

Our team provides innovative support and a positive approach to parenting, with young people aged 25 years and under.

BYS supports young people and their children through:

  • Onsite support
  • One on one home visits
  • Parenting groups
  • Community events and activities
  • Advocacy

For more information go to:

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