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Our History


CYC Building

Brophy Family & Youth Services first provided a community service in Warrnambool in 1972 when Father Tom Brophy and a group of volunteers decided to establish a boys home to prevent young boys who were unable to live at home from having to be sent to the orphanages at Geelong and Ballarat. With Father Brophy's unexpected death in 1974, the group of volunteers took up his legacy and Brophy Memorial Boys Home was incorporated in 1982 receiving government funding to provide a residential home for adolescents in 1985. Since this time, the organisation has weathered many challenges and changes and is now known as Brophy Family & Youth Services (BFYS). BFYS has been providing family and youth services to Southwest Victoria for over four decades with further staffed offices located in Portland and Hamilton.

In 2008 BFYS opened a new 3 storey Community and Youth Complex (CYC) in Warrnambool which is located in Timor Street, close to the South West Institute of TAFE and the City Council. The CYC is a services and information hub providing a unique, holistic approach to meeting the needs of young people and families in Southwest Victoria. It services the needs of youth and the community in the areas of health, welfare, education, training, employment and social connectedness throughout the Southwest by:

  • Providing a one stop information and referral service
  • Delivery of youth programs, activities and enterprises
  • Coordination and linkage of youth services
  • Youth health care, including a GP clinic

The CYC was officially opened by the Governor General, Quentin Bryce in April 2005. She said in her address to the crowd that the new facility represented a huge collective effort from those involved. "For youth in rural areas, there are extra challenges of isolation and limited resources; the lack of what urbanities might dub 'connectivity'," she said. "This community and youth complex, and the way it delivers its carefully integrated services, is a reflection of (Warrnambool's) keen community knowledge."

A further 860 sq m of office space was leased in 2013 for Brophy's Family & Children's Services Hub. This office is located in the CBD of Warrnambool in Koroit Street opposite Target and next to the main bus node in Warrnambool.


Foyer

In 2013 the Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine officially opened Brophy's Youth Foyer in Raglan Parade. The Foyer provides 18 independent living units and aims to provide an affordable, supported accommodation campus for young adults at risk of homelessness, to assist in transitioning into stable living arrangements and secure employment and training.

Today, BFYS is contracted to deliver over 35 community programs across Southwest Victoria provided by over 100 staff and more than 120 volunteers.

Brophy Family & Youth Services' Mission has remainded true and consistent over the years, which is to provide community service with a focus on social justice and disadvantage. This is what Father Brophy was about; "trying to keep kids in the community and standing up for many families to assist them in difficult times."

To view a short film on the history of Brophy prepared by staff and volunteers, click on the image below.

History of Brophy

Father Tom Brophy "Broph"