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YIRS One Stop Youth Shop Inc.

YIRS One Stop Youth Shop Inc.

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About Us

The Youth Information and Referral Service Inc. (YIRS) is a “One Stop Youth Shop” that plays a vital role working with young people in the Mackay region. We offer information and referral for young people aged 10 – 25years ranging from employment, training, accommodation, sexual health, legal issues, discrimination, alcohol, drugs and other services and programs. The presenting issues we see walk in the door differ greatly, some require support, counselling, others referrals to other agencies or just information.   Additionally YIRS provides a Youth Health Clinic, five days a week, two hours per day.   Our doctors commit their valuable time to the health needs of young people and their families. Another added service, YIRS offers free condom packages, containing information regarding sexual health and our clinic operating hours. This provision is well known and accessed by young people and their parents. YIRS provides a “Free Op Shop” with clothing, shoes, household items, personal hygiene, toiletries and some food items.

Aims to remove the barriers young people and their families often face when accessing services relevant to their needs. Offers a holistic model that includes a free, fully supported Youth Health Program in partnership with 3 local medical clinics, free support and advisory services for issues including employment, training, housing, legal, relationships, pregnancy, mental health, drug and alcohol. The primary target group is 10 – 25 year olds, their parents and/or other social support and children of young people accessing the service.

Also delivers programs that address gaps in servicing for the target group including basic cooking, self-esteem workshops, healthy living workshops and art therapy workshops.

Quick Facts About The Region

YIRS - One Stop Youth Shop Inc is located in the suburb of Mackay, the council of Mackay, the state electorate of Mackay and the federal electorate of Dawson.