RAD-FMP Youth Engagement Project Funding

Request for Expressions of Interest

Outreach and Diversion Pilot

Overview / Purpose

The RAD-FMP Project (‘Responding to Alcohol & Drug use across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula: towards a socially inclusive community through mobilising multi-sectoral partnerships) will be allocating $80,000 to an eligible organisation. This organisation will work with the RAD-FMP Steering Committee and other stakeholders to lead a project targeting at-risk young people in the Frankston central activity district.

RAD-FMP’s situation assessment of Young St, which included interviews with at-risk young people (16-24 years) in the precinct (n=46) found around one third of this subpopulation were not engaged with any services. Rates of homelessness, unemployment and not in education, were high.  Levels of contact with the police were also high with 30% reporting being arrested in the 6 months prior to interview. The results from this study illustrate the complex interactions between factors such as prevalence of illicit drug use, homelessness, police arrests, and disengagement from education and employment. It highlighted the need for holistic multisectoral approaches that will address these factors synergistically. Findings from qualitative data collected suggest that service access for this population may be improved by use of outreach approaches and improved linkages between services and the police.

RAD-FMP is seeking a lead agency to pilot a partnership project that will support increased outreach into the Young Street precinct to facilitate improved linkages to employment and training services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, primary health care and housing supports, all the while improving social behaviours on the street through supportive rather than punitive approaches. As well as improving early intervention with young people at-risk, the pilot will aim to improve the interface between at-risk young people and police by better supporting police with additional referral and service coordination resources, and assisting at-risk young people to overcome identified barriers that are contributing to offending behaviours at the point of pre-arrest (after a caution has been issued for example) thereby reducing their likelihood of engagement with the criminal justice system. The development of the pilot model will need strong participation from Victoria Police and local youth services and it should also respond to the findings of similar interventions that have been previously trialled (e.g. Right Step).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Not-for-profit organisations (a DGR endorsed by the ATO) within the FMP catchment
  • Have existing or be able to develop partnerships with police, local services, business and educational institutions
  • Demonstrated capacity to actively engage and service the target population
  • Work with the RAD-FMP working group as part of the project planning and evaluation process

Submission Requirements

An Expression of Interest application should be sent electronically to: KMorgan@phcn.vic.gov.au by COB 10th February, 2017. Applications received after this closing time will not be eligible for consideration. Follow link to view the guidelines and application form.

Request for Expressions of Interest

Place-making approaches to promote Youth Engagement & Social Inclusion in the Young St Precinct

Overview / Purpose

The RAD-FMP Project (‘Responding to Alcohol & Drug use across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula: towards a socially inclusive community through mobilising multi-sectoral partnerships) will be allocating $70,000 to an eligible organisation. This organisation will work with the RAD-FMP Steering Committee and other stakeholders to lead a project aimed at promoting youth engagement and social inclusion for vulnerable young people in the Young St precinct Frankston, through a multisectoral place-making project using pop-up and street art activities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Not-for-profit organisations (a DGR endorsed by the ATO) within the FMP catchment
  • Experienced in community development project planning and implementation
  • Have existing or be able to develop partnerships with local services, business and educational institutions in order to:
  • Be able to link youth to appropriate services and other community resources
  • Contribute to project activities (e.g. a mural space, event giveaways)
  • Demonstrated capacity to actively engage the target population in project design and implementation
  • ​Work with the RAD-FMP working group as part of the project planning and evaluation process

Submission Requirements

An Expression of Interest application should be sent electronically to: KMorgan@phcn.vic.gov.au by COB 10th February, 2017. Applications received after this closing time will not be eligible for consideration. Follow link to view the guidelines and application form.

Contact Details

Please contact Program Administrator:

Kirsty Morgan
AOD Project Coordinator (RAD-FMP Project)
Frankston / Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership

Dundas House, 8-10 Hastings Rd, Frankston
P.O. Box 52, Frankston VIC 3199
M) 0423 162 850 or (03) 9788 4956
KMorgan@phcn.vic.gov.au