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Build Independence

At MYST, we can assist you to build your independence and resilience through our range of groups, programs and individual supports.

Every group we run can be facilitated in a one to one approach – just ask!

  • The CRUSH healthy relationship & safe sex program
  • Conversation Cafe social skills program
  • Fresh personal hygiene, puberty, safety & self management
  • Travel training program (individual support)
  • Art therapy group
  • Anger Management and emotional regulation

For more information or request a service please call 1800 40 50 13

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If you have an NDIS plan, this assistance is covered under the following terms:

  • Improved daily living
  • Improved relationships
  • Increased social and community participation
  • Assistance with daily life

Make friends
& have fun

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Make friends and have fun

At MYST, we can assist you to ………

Meet friends, make friends, develop your social skills and have the chance to hang with kids your age at our Hangout groups in Katoomba, Lithgow and Springwood. Our groups operate out of fully equipped and youth specific youth centres, complete with pool tables, Xbox, Playstations, computers, musical instruments…… plus lots of food! The groups are staffed by trained and experienced youth disability workers.

Katoomba Hangout is at the Katoomba Youth Centre, Waratah Street, Katoomba
Every Monday during term time from 4 – 6.30pm.
Springwood Hangout is at the Springwood Youth Centre, Springwood Avenue, Springwood
Every Tuesday during term time from 3.30 – 6pm
Lithgow Hangout is at Me3, 172 Main Street, Lithgow
Every Tuesday during term time from 3.30 – 6pm

Our holiday programs encourage young people to get together and have fun. Please ask us!

Our amazing Outdoor Explore program delivers fun, friends and fantastic experiences.

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The Katoomba Hangout group were asked what has been the best thing about coming to their Hangout group at Katoomba Youth Centre? Their answers recorded here:

  • sharing good news with each other
  • hanging with friends
  • the atmosphere is great
  • people are nice and kind to me
  • I come for the friends
  • Joint games on the computers where the three of us played the same game
  • I love seeing everyone, I go home happy being together and fooling around
  • I love having people to go to for advice when you're having a hard time
  • eating together with friends
  • getting to learn a hell of a lot more about Star Wars from others at the group
  • playing Cards Against Humanity and Pictionary with the group, and other games we play
  • the social activities
  • the laughing
  • playing pool really well and being a champion (not)
  • the group discussions that we have are good


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Outdoor Explore

MYST will give you the opportunity to build your capacity, independence and self esteem through the unique and incredible OUTDOOR EXPLORE PROGRAM.

With a national park on our doorstep, MYST’s Outdoor Explore is a unique opportunity to engage in a program that provides challenging and fun experiences that help participants to discover, develop and achieve their potential.

An experience that supports the development of self-esteem and confidence, builds resilience and problem solving, and cultivates leadership skills using the natural environment and a carefully designed and professionally implemented outdoor program.

Encouraging kids to be active and have fun! (whilst learning and growing in capacity)

The Outdoor Explore program has several options for involvement:
• a 10 week term time one day program of outdoor recreation
• weekend programs over the course of a school term
• holiday programs involving outdoor recreation, camping, kayaking

Trained outdoor recreation guides and trained youth workers facilitate all our recreational programs. 

“OE gives kids opportunities to experience things that they never thought they could do before. And do them… Since doing OE I have become more independent, I feel more confident outside of home and I feel positive and happy about my future.” Josephine, OE participant 2017

For more information on the Outdoor Explore program, please contact us on 1300 00 9678

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At MYST, our experienced, specialist counsellor can provide friendly, confidential and professional support in a safe space where you are supported to make sense of your world, find ways to express your feelings and start to feel better.

Getting support can help you to keep you on track in all aspects of your life. Getting help and having someone to talk soon means you feel better sooner!

For more information or to speak to one of your team, please

call 1300 00 6978

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MYST can help you if you….

  • Are feeling down, depressed, stressed or can’t stop worrying
  • have family or friends issues
  • are being bullied, hurt or harassed
  • are having sleep difficulties
  • are becoming withdrawn
  • struggle to adapat to changes in your life
  • need to talk to someone

Support Coordination

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Support Co-ordination and help with the NDIS

At MYST, we can assist you with support co-ordination. We help you to understand and maximize your plan to reach your goals and build your capacity and resilience. Our team are skilled, energetic and innovative in our approach – we know our local area and local services and will work closely with you to get the support you need.

Support Coordination involves us helping you get all your supports up and running and operating as best as they can. This includes informal, mainstream and community supports, as well as funded supports.

"Support Coordinators work to build the capacity of participants to make the most of their plans - with flexibility and creativity to face all the challenges and changes that can happen in one year of a person’s life."

Call Michelle and the team on 1300 00 MYST

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Michelle McManus

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Karina Biehl

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Krystal Durkic


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Call: 1300 006 978

MYST is delighted to be offering support and services to young people and families in Lithgow.

Our skilled local team lead by Kylie and Loren use an energetic and innovative approach – we know our local area and local services and will work closely with you to get the support you need.

Do you need help accessing the NDIS?

We can help you to go through the process of application and preparation to meeting a planner.
Perhaps you have an NDIS plan but feel confused about how to go forward.

We can help.

Disability Support Worker,
or call 1300 00 MYST

Disability Support Worker,
or call 1300 00 MYST

“Normally when you go to Centrelink or the NDIS or a psychologist you have to tell them this is my worst, these are the things that aren’t working and you focus on that. At MYST you say this is my best and you focus on that.”

MYST can help you if you….

  • you need support with co-ordinating the supports in your plan
  • you need support with behavioural issues
  • you struggle to manage your emotions and anger
  • are becoming socially withdrawn and need help with socialising or making friends
  • you would benefit from learning new skills to help you everyday
  • you struggle to adapt to changes in your life
  • you need to talk to someone
  • you need to build your independence and your capacity to grow into a confident and happy adult

MYST Behaviour Support Service focuses on supporting families of young people in supporting behaviour across multiple settings.

Our team assist to identify triggers and stressors to behaviour, and appropriate techniques to support that person.

"Without our personal development programs there would be more young people in our community without the skills to cope with developmental and social issues such as, drugs and alcohol abouse, unhealthy sexual and personal relationships., behaviour management including anger management, stress, drepession and anxiety"


MYST (ABN: 19 942 569 473) is a public benevolent institution endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
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MYST acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples. MYST recognises the strength, capacity and resilience of past and presentAboriginal people in this region we we offer our respect to the Elders both past and present of theBlue Mountains.


MYST does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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