For the past 30 years Phoenix House has provided early intervention and support services to the most challenged young people living in Northern Sydney and delivered life-changing outcomes.
We provide a fully integrated, wrap around service model that places young people at the heart of what we do by building trusting relationships with them over time.
Family breakdown, family violence, isolation, mental health and addiction issues do not discriminate and cut across the whole community – the Northern Sydney area is no different.
The significant number of young people who need support remains a hidden concern, with the shortage of suitable services in the area a key issue. One in eight young people in the Northern Sydney area aged between 15 to 19 years is not in education or employment.
We provide support programs to more than 500 young people each year to help them realise their dreams and aspirations, unlock their potential, achieve their goals and transform their lives.
We work with young people and their families to improve family relationships. Positive family support has a significant impact on a young person’s success in life. Phoenix House provides a safe place that “holds” the individual in a contained and caring way allowing for their natural growth and development. Our role is to be there for them, to listen, be reliable, consistent and genuine, honest and open. We challenge their lack of self-belief and support them to develop a strength-based view of themselves and build a positive outlook for their future.
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Phoenix House Board
- Brian E PereiraGAICD, Chairmanread moreBrian E Pereira GAICD, ChairmanBrian is passionate about the treatment and welfare of children and young people in Australia. He is a successful technology and software applications entrepreneur, a busy father of four foster children and avid martial artist who teaches and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Brian holds a BA in Accounting and Political Science, an MBA in Technology and an AMP from Harvard Business School. An active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he specialises in governance for not-for-profit organisations. Brian was formerly Chair and Non-Executive Director of Heartkids Australia, where he helped grow the fledgling national organisation to a recognised name in championing the needs of children born with congenital heart disease.
- Sarah CrawfordACMA, Treasurerread moreSarah Crawford ACMA, TreasurerSarah is a Chartered Management Accountant; (ACMA), with extensive finance and business experience across several industries; most recently Financial Services, Telecommunications & Youth Not for Profit, with specialization in transformation programs, performance reporting and leadership. Sarah was previously a board member and treasurer of Stretch A Family, an adolescent fostering and community placement agency and residential care provider for 12 - 18 year old homeless adolescents.
- Edmund D’CruzExecutive Directorread moreEdmund D’Cruz Executive DirectorEdmund is a passionate learning and education practitioner, having worked in corporate and education sectors for over 20 years in local, regional and global roles. He is has recently been responsible for the Capability Building Program, with the NSW Department of Education, focussing on evidence based practices. Edmund holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a MBA in IT, a Masters in Tertiary Education Management and a Regional Manager's Leadership qualification with INSEAD. With a family of two teenage boys he is keen to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to a good education and a fulfilling career.
- Tim FlahvinBoard Memberread moreTim Flahvin Board MemberTim is a partner with a national law firm. He is also a qualified accountant. His particular area of expertise is corporate law and governance. Tim and his firm also provides pro-bono legal services to numerous non-profit organisations including the Homeless Persons Legal Service and The Wayside Chapel.