We’ve changed a lot since our first crisis refuge opened over 43 years ago, but our commitment to helping vulnerable young people remains the same.
Taldumande is born
Taldumande is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of refuge’ and was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit organisation. We opened one of the first crisis refuges in Australia, which was located in Neutral Bay and housed eight young people from around NSW.
A place of refuge
In 1983, we opened a crisis refuge in Artarmon for four young people, which became a women’s only refuge in 1996 for those who had been sexually abused and experienced family breakdown. In 1998, this refuge relocated to a five-bedroom property in Crows Nest.
In partnership with North Shore Community Housing (now Link Housing) and a grant from Family and Community Services NSW, we opened four individual units and created our own housing program.
We secured an office in Neutral Bay, so we had space to train staff and focus on expanding our services. The Outreach Program, which supports young people who need accommodation, was implemented the following year.
A pathway to independence
Taldumande evolved to become a full wrap-around service, with a crisis refuge, shared housing and independent housing that delivered a streamlined pathway from homelessness to full independence. We also introduced our self-funded Intensive Family Support Program and Financial Assistance Program and became the only crisis refuge for young people in Northern Sydney.
Major funding reforms
In 2014, the NSW Government implemented major funding reforms to the Specialist Homelessness Service industry. After a competitive tender process, Taldumande was awarded the only youth residential contract for Northern Sydney. We also relocated our head office to North Sydney and opened a new office in Brookvale.
Tier 3 Housing Provider
By 2015, Taldumande was a Tier 3 Housing Provider with 65 beds across 26 properties.
We expanded our self-funded Family Restoration and Preservation Program, to not only support young people at risk of homelessness, but also families of young people aged 12-15 who are in crisis and at risk of family breakdown.
Northern Beaches Office
Taldumande had relocated our Brookvale office and re-opened in Manly.
Taldumande now supports vulnerable and homeless children and young people aged 12- 24 years, and their families. Based in Northern Sydney and the Northern Beaches, we support young people from all across Sydney.
Help us continue our vital work with children, young people and their families!
Many of our programs fall outside government funding, which means we rely on money raised from individuals and organisations to continue our vital work.