Conference Partners


Wentworth Community Housing is a not-for-profit Tier One housing provider with 2,200 properties across Western Sydney including Penrith, the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains, Hills District and Blacktown. From homelessness services to social and affordable housing, Wentworth provides a full range of services across the spectrum of housing need, and takes great pride in the depth of relationships and partnerships it has developed over 20 years with local communities.


Platform Youth Services is a not for profit community agency, with over nearly 40 years of experience supporting young people in the Nepean Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury District. In 2014 Platform was successful in the Specialist Homeless Service Youth Housing and Homeless Package in the Going Home Staying Home Reforms.

Platform provide an array of holistic programs and services to young people aged 12 – 25 years and their families including: Prevention and Early Intervention providing Immediate and practical supports such as food parcels and shower and laundry facilities, Crisis 24/7 Accommodation, Rapid Rehousing and Transitional Housing, General Case Management and Aboriginal Case Management Support, as well as Assertive Outreach to Rough Sleepers and couch surfing young people.

Platform also provide the Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) which is a family restoration program for young people aged 12 -15 years, which offers crisis accommodation, early intervention, prevention and aftercare support.

Platform is a partner of Wesley Mission in delivering a Brighter Futures program aimed at supporting young parents with child/ren under the age of 8 where there has been a Child Protection concern. Referrals for this service come through Wesley Mission.

In late 2017, Platform will deliver a new program to support young people over a three-year period through transitional housing with a focus on education, employment and community engagement. This program is only for young people exiting Leaving Out of Home Care.



Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS), is an independent, local community-based benevolent (charity) organisation in the Southern part of NSW. SYFS provides support and assistance to vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless young people and those at risk of disadvantage and homelessness.

This support extends to the children and families of these young people. SYFS works with the broad community in a collective effort to reduce homelessness, prevent hardship and disadvantage and to enhance the quality of life for all Australians. SYFS assists individual young people and their families to improve their living situation, reunite with their families, maintain their tenancies, and learn living and social skills. Young people are linked to education and training, to support them to reduce the barriers to employment and enhance their health and overall wellbeing.  Relationships between young people, their families and the staff are important as a key to engagement and the delivery of services.