Our Work

Ladder provides a wide range of opportunities for young people, designed to encourage and support them in gaining confidence, self belief and the ability to take control of their future.

We offer both group and individual opportunities via our four key programs:

Learn more about our development programs

The Ladder Development Program is a relationship-based approach enabling us to provide a mix of services, programs and housing together with other organisations.

It is specifically designed to wrap around the young person and support them to take control of their future so they can:

  • Move on to live independently
  • Reconnect with their community
  • Secure their health and wellbeing
  • Find pathways to education, employment and training.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing is a flexible program that can be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual as well as the group.

The program aims to help young people:

  • understand the concept of wellbeing;
  • develop their fitness and wellbeing;
  • develop strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle; and
  • recognise the relationship between physical and psychological health.

Young people have regular opportunities to participate in group sessions covering topics such as nutrition and healthy eating, relaxation and mindfulness techniques, and physical activities such as PT or gym sessions.


Mentors – a select group of AFL players, business and community leader – are supported by Ladder to develop a positive and meaningful relationship with a young person. They become a trusted support and advocate and motivate them to achieve their goals.

If you’re an AFL player, corporate or community leader who is interested in being a mentor or finding out more, please click here.

Skills development

The Skills Development program offers a wide range of training, activities and opportunities for social and community engagement in a group environment. This program enables young people to experience things they may never have tried, pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve.

Some of the activities in the program include:
Personal Development: helping young people to better understand self, build inter-personal and social skills, work as part of a team and enhance problem solving and goal setting capacities.

Team Values: focuses on developing a vision, goals, leadership skills and community participation opportunities; showing how a constructive group culture is linked to the positive values and behaviours of young people in the program.

Team Projects: activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect learning and work styles in the everyday world. These projects provide young people with an opportunity to test and embed newly acquired skills including how to plan, work together and complete a project of interest.

Leadership Group: provides opportunities to develop leadership, group facilitation and project management skills. It also aims to escalate and manage issues, and to act as an advocacy voice for young people in the Foyer where required.

Social Club: developing key contacts and opportunities to engage with the community.

Education, Employment and Training support

The Education, Employment and Training program encourages young people to think strategically about their learning and work needs.

The program ensures young people have access to the resources, skills and personnel needed to achieve their goals.