Yara Family Connections

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Yara Yarning's: Youth Mentoring Program

Our mentoring program supports young people to set and achieve their goals, to strengthen their sense of identity and wellbeing.

Child and Youth Counselling

Supporting young people with life's tricky situations our counselling team will support your family towards your goals

Child and Youth Groups

Join us for our group programs delivered by our Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal team of practitioners. Groups delivered in-school and in-community settings.

Our Story

Yara Family Connections

We are a family owned local organisation working with community for community.

Yara is a Kaurna word meaning two worlds, the coming together of two separate things. Each their own individual, but together making something more. To us, Yara is the idea of walking two worlds, of balancing the needs of Culture and Western Systems. It’s the balancing of us as individuals, but also partners, families, friends. It’s symbolic of keeping true to ourselves whilst embracing the coming together of two things for better outcomes. We add to each other, just as we add to our communities. We work to empower young people to see their worth, and to build on their individual strength to add something special to their own lives, and also their communities.  

Our Vision

Yara Family Connections aims to be a connection point for families looking to empower their young people, to strengthen their families. We work towards no longer being needed, a world where community support community and families support families. A world where safety and wellbeing are paramount and young people thrive in their communities.  

Our Mission

Yara Family Connections was created from a need voiced by families and community to have safe and accessible services delivered in community settings. Services that cater to the individual needs of families as they exist today. We seek to bridge the gap between Aboriginal specific programs and mainstream services. We provide culturally safe services to all families, because when we get it right for Aboriginal families, we get it right for all families.   

Contact Us

To discuss a customised program, or to make an enquiry call 0403 630 123 or complete the form below and we will get back to you.

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Meet our Team

Yara Family Connections Practitioners

Part of the Yara ethos is valuing diversity. Our practitioner team is made up of staff from Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal heritage and staff from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. We have a diverse range of skills and qualifications to best suit your families needs. 

Trevor (He/Him)
Director & Youth Worker

Trevor is a proud Narrunga & Ngarrindjeri Man who specialises in supporting youth through Culturally safe mentoring. Trevor supports young people using individualised, trauma responsive and integrated frameworks. 

Mel (She/Her)
Director & Counsellor

Mel is an experienced counsellor of 15yrs, has worked across child and youth counselling, FDV counselling and leadership. She looks after the operational management for YFC & offers clinical supervision & training to professionals.

Jamie (He/Him)
Youth Mentor - Junior

Jamie is a proud Pitjanjatjara & Yankunjatjara Man starting his journey working alongside young people as a youth mentor. He dedicated to giving back to his Community and supporting young people to thrive. 

Nadia (She/Her)
Youth Mentor/ Counsellor

Nadia is a passionate and experienced professional, dedicated to supporting young people achieve their goals. She privileges the voice of young people and Community across all fields of her work using her skills to support youth to overcome and conquer life’s challenges. 

Our Hours

MON-FRI 9am – 5pm

Contact Us

Phone: 0403 630 123
Email: info@yarafamilyconnections.com


Services are available in-office by appointment or outreach to your school. 

182 Peachey Rd, Smithfield Plains