ECHO Youth & Family Services

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For young people in Cardinia Shire, there is still time to have your say. The Cardinia Shire Council 2018 Youth Forum Survey is now live, but will close on 30 April 2018.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

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For Cockatoo residents interested in the future of their Neighbourhood House. Please note there is also a new Facebook page for the Neighbourhood House in Cockatoo, so like the page in the link below to make sure you keep up…

Please come along and support YOUR Neighbourhood House

ECHO Youth & Family Services

2 weeks 14 hours ago

Our Annual Report for 2017 is now available online.

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ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 3 days ago

Please encourage young people across Cardinia to participate in this survey and share their views.

Are you aged 12 to 24 years and live, work, study or socialise in Cardinia Shire? Then please help us to shape your local area by taking our 5 minute survey.

The survey results will assist Council to plan and advocate for the needs of young people within our community.

We value what you have to say so make sure your voice is heard.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 1 week ago

Echo Youth and Family Services is expanding the Ready2Go Disaster Resilience Program across Victoria. The statewide pilot project is jointly funded by Gandel Philanthropy and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, through the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust. In cooperation with Emergency…

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 2 weeks ago

Introducing the Emergency Support Team's new catering trailer with thanks to the Casey Cardinia Foundation.

ECHO Youth & Family Services

1 month 3 weeks ago

For anyone struggling with debt and needing a loan, the Cockatoo and Hills No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) is here to help you.

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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.