Visy Cares Dandenong
Visy has a number of factories located in the general Dandenong area so the first Visy Cares project evolved in Dandenong.
In seeking a project from the community Visy Cares developed the concept of a co-located youth centre where the various service providers to young people are located in the same building.
The $1 million construction capital came from contributions by the Victorian Government Community Support Fund, the City of Greater Dandenong, the corporate and local business sector, philanthropists and the local community.
The Visy Cares Centre at Dandenong provided an integrated and comprehensive range of services and activities for young people aged 12-25. It was recognised as the first of its kind in Australia and local, state and federal governments studied it as a potential model for youth services delivery.
It became the key provider of services to youth in Melbourne's south east region, delivering services to young people and their families from over 50 postcode areas.