Ladder Step Up Western Sydney

The Ladder Step Up Western Sydney program will support young people between 17 - 20 years old who are exiting out-of-home care.

The program, based out of Ladder's Mount Druitt site, will assist young people to develop life skills, improve their health and wellbeing, establish social relationships and community connections, and secure ongoing education, training or employment.

The program begins with 8 weeks of group training, followed by 26 weeks of education, employment or training in an area of interest. After the intial 34 weeks, young people have an opportunity to be matched with a mentor. Ladder mentors are sourced from a select group of AFL players and corporate and community leaders. Mentors become a trusted support and advocate for the young person and motivate them to achieve their goals.

The program funding is supported by the NSW Government's Department of Family and Community Services and the GWS GIANTS are a community partner. The program is also supported by the AFL Players and AFL.

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To be eligible for the Ladder Step Up Western Sydney program you must;

  • Be aged between 17 and 20 years of age
  • Be exiting or nearing exiting out-of-home care
  • Be based in Greater Western Sydney
  • Be available to attend 34 weeks of training
  • Have the capacity to participate in programs offered and be committed to doing so

How to Refer

Young people are able to self-refer or they can be referred by a caseworker or carer.

To refer, please complete the following form and return as per the instructions on the last page.

Ladder Step Up referral form

Ladder Step Up Mentoring

Ladder Step Up Mentoring provides an opporunity to become a role model for a young person, have a positive impact on a young person's life, provide perspective and undertsnad youth homelessness. A mentor becomes a trusted support and advocate and motivates the young person to achieve their goals.

Ladder Step Up Mentoring involes a twelve month relationship that focuses on developing a positive and meaningful relationship with a young person. As a guide a monthly face-to-face catch up is a appropriate with regular phone or sms communication in between.

Ladder Step Up mentoring hadbook

Get in touch

We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Please email or call the office on (02) 02 9832 3469


What will a young person get out of it?

As a participant, you will receive a wealth of knowledge regarding employment, health and wellbeing, life skills, social relationship building and special opportunities. You will receive a hoodie, long sleeve shirt and cap from our supporters HOMIE and GWS Giants Football Club

How long are the sessions/ days?

5 hours per day for 25 hours per week. Further, there are opportunities to participate in an overnight camp and game day experiences at GWS Giants Football Club.

How many people per group?

Max 15 people per group.

What happens if I can’t make the session?

Please inform your Development Coach ASAP and information from the session missed will be provided to you.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to you or your service provider. The program is funded by NSW Government's Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

Can you guarantee me a job?

No, but every opportunity will be taken to ensure you have the information to make a successful transition into the work force. Eg Work experience or educational course to assist with employment.

What do I need to bring?

Enthusiasm and a great attitude. All resources will be provided.

How long does the program go for?

8 weeks’ intensive face to face delivery followed by 26 weeks of 1 on 1support from your Development Coaches and then an opportunity for 12 months mentoring

What happens after I submit the application?

Your application will be assessed and if you meet the criteria you and you case worker will be notified about attending an initial meeting where then you can be accepted into the program.

Can I bring a friend?

If you know someone who meets the criteria and they are committed to attending the program as well, they will need to apply the same as you did.

Is this a one-off program?

No, there will be a new intake for courses starting in June, August and October 2017. For 2018 dates please contact us.

I am at school. Am I able to do this program?

We encourage you to stay at school and complete your education.

I work part-time. Am I able to do this program?

Please contact us to discuss your situation further.

Do I still receive my Centrelink benefits?

Yes. The Department of Employment assessed the Step Up Program to be suitable as a non-government program approved for Annual Activity Requirement purposes in job active. Activity ID of 6254042.

Further information/ resources

See how the Ladder Step Up Western Sydney program was developed:

Watch this short video about the program launch

Former AFL player, Brad Murphy shares his story of growing up in foster care from 16 months old. He reflects on the importance of having organisations like Ladder and why young people who grow up in care can achieve anything they set their mind to.

Funding supported by FACS