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Need help to create an independent future?

Early adulthood can be a difficult time - so many changes and expectations. Sometimes things just don't work out as you had expected.

The Family Works Youth Service team can help you get back on track, heading towards a brighter, more independent future.

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Who is eligible

 

You may be eligible for Youth Service support if:

  • You are 16-19 years, are single and can't live with your parents or guardian, or be supported by them any longer
  • You are 16-18 years, have dependent children and need financial help
  • You are 16-19 years and are with a partner who meets specific Work and Income criteria
  • You are receiving Work and Income's Youth Payment or Youth Parent Payment

Youth Payment

The Youth Payment comes from Work and Income. If you’re 16 or 17, don’t have dependent children and need help financially, you may be eligible. You may also be eligible if you have a partner who meets specific Work and Income criteria.

Young Parent Payment

The Young Parent Payment also comes from Work and Income. If you’re between 16 and 18 years old, have dependent children and need financial help, you may be eligible for it.

How we help

Our team will be your advocate, making sure you receive the assistance you're entitled to. We'll also support you to:

Complete your Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment application

Better manage your money

Assess and access education options

Stay healthy and well

Be a good parent

How to find us

Youth Service is available in these locations:

  • Christchurch
  • Marlborough
  • Mid Canterbury
  • Nelson

We're here to listen and to put you in touch with people who can help. Contact us for more information.

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