ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 week 2 days ago

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the Cockatoo and Hills NILS 1000th loan this afternoon.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

2 weeks 11 hours ago

Just a quick reminder that applications are closing today.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

2 weeks 5 days ago

Some of our Ready2Go Cockatoo volunteers at pre-season training this week. We are expanding the program to Emerald, so we are looking for volunteers and participants who might benefit. For more details visit:

ECHO Youth & Family Services

3 weeks 11 hours ago

ECHO Youth & Family Services shared GiveNow's photo.

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ECHO Youth & Family Services

3 weeks 2 days ago

Congratulations to all the team at Cockatoo and Hills No Interest Loan Scheme, who have made their 1000th loan. See link for more information about the program.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

4 weeks 1 day ago

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 1 week ago

If you would like to support the work of Echo in the local community, please make a tax deductible donation at the link below:

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 2 weeks ago

Echo's Emergency Support Team is grateful to have received a grant from the Casey Cardinia Foundation to purchase a catering trailer. The new trailer will give us the ability to quickly access a dedicated, equipped and secure catering area when…

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 2 weeks ago

You are invited to come and help the Cockatoo No Interest Loan Scheme celebrate their 1000th loan.

July 2017

Echo Youth and Family Services is now on Facebook. Regular updates and news can found on our Facebook page - click here

June 2017

Echo Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce that our new Executive Manager is Nicole Lane.

Nicole grew up in Emerald and was part of Echo's youth programs as a teenager and then moved into the city to work with homeless people at Collins Street Baptist Church. She then spent 10 years in the Western suburbs, working for Western Health as a Forensic Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. In the last 8 years Nicole has lived in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, where she worked as the General Manager of a railway company and later as a teacher. After her return to Australia, Nicole began working as a consultant for Echo. Nicole has qualifications in economics and management, theology, counselling and criminology and a passion for helping people.

While it is a time of transition for Echo, we are very excited about the future possibilities to make a difference in our local area.

May 2017

Echo Youth and Family Services is excited to congratulate St Mark's Church in Emerald as they have found a new minister for their church. The Reverend Andrew Bowles will begin his ministry in Emerald next month and will also join the Management Committee of Echo as part of his role. We look forward to working with him and the members of St Mark's in supporting our local community.

April 2017

Echo Youth and Family Services is looking for an Executive Manager to head up the organisation. For a copy of the job description, please call the St Mark's Church Office on (03)5968 4046

February 2017

As the school year begins, Echo Youth and Family Services are looking for adults in the local community who would be willing to volunteer as a mentor for a young person. For more information please contact

December 2016

Echo Youth and Family Services was thrilled to receive recognition at the Fire Awareness Awards on December 1st with the Ready2Go Program winning the Access and Inclusion Award and the RACV Insurance Excellence Award for community programs with a grant of $10,000.

November 2016

Echo Youth and Family Services Director Wayne Collins will be retiring as Director at the end of the year. We cannot thank Wayne enough for more than 25 years of service and overseeing Echo's growth and development into the organisation we have today.

October 2016

Following the major storm event across Victoria on October 9th 2016, Echo's Emergency Support Team (EST) was activated. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who worked so hard to support the community during this crisis. We are currently looking for more volunteers to assist during bushfire season this coming summer, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Echo Youth and Family Services.

September 2016

Echo Youth and Family Services launched the Ready2Go Community Manual on September 1st at the Cardinia Shire Council Chambers. The Community Manual will assist other communities to develop a network of trained volunteers who can better care for their vulnerable and isolated members by establishing their own program.

During the launch Steve Cameron from Emergency Management Victoria said, ‘Community-based Emergency Management is vital for the health of our fire and flood prone nation. We need to grow both our capacity and ability to respond to the recovery needs of communities who have been impacted by natural disasters. We need grass roots initiatives like Ready2Go to be supported, simply because it is an excellent example of the sort of program that will help grow our capacity at a grass roots level.’

Echo's work was made possible by funding and support from Gandel Philanthropy.