The origins of United Synergies date back to 1989 when assistance to young homeless people was provided under a project known as the Noosa Accommodation Project (NAP).
With community support from dedicated and determined campaigners such as local identity Mike St John (pictured), the Noosa Accommodation Project was incorporated in 1991 and received its first official funding in May 1992 to provide supported accommodation for young people aged 16-21 years.
In August 1993 the Noosa Accommodation Project name was changed to Noosa Youth Service Inc. to reflect the broadening of services to include: accommodation, employment, training and education support.
Until 2003, Noosa Youth Services operated from an old Queenslander house in Ernest Street, Tewantin. A new purpose built facility was designed and built on the same site from 2003, which is United Synergies head office today.
The Noosa Youth Service continued to expand its services during this period to meet the growing needs in the community including:
24/7 accommodation program for young people aged between 14 and 17 years with complex needs; Connect2Mentoring in schools; StandBy Response Service commencing as the Noosa Suicide Bereavement Pilot Project.
The new name of United Synergies Ltd was conceived through workshops with staff and clients. Members of Noosa Youth Service considered the proposal to move to a new entity at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 12 May 2005. Members authorised the Management Committee to wind up Noosa Youth Service and transfer all assets to United Synergies Pty Ltd (a not for profit company limited by guarantee).
The new United Synergies was officially launched in May 2006.
From a staff of 26 in 2006 to a staff of more than 150 today, the organisation has continued to expand to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our community.
Today, the United Synergies’ workforce support almost 4000 people annually in the areas of family and children, mental health, suicide postvention, homelessness, education, employment and social enterprise. Services are delivered across the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Fraser Coast and Wide Bay Region, as well as in partnerships with 17 other communities around Australia.