Who We Are:
South Coast Nurturing was established on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia in 2013, and is proudly owned by Melanie Jolley Dip Prof Couns; (EP/CD; RC) Dip Yth Wrk.
Melanie studied her Diploma of Professional Counselling at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, 2008. She also studied and obtained a Diploma of Youth Work at TAFE in 2011. Since 2010, Melanie has been an accredited Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Member, and a registered and accredited NDIS provider since 2020.
I had a wonderful childhood, but like most young people, I faced some difficult stages of uncertainty that I had to overcome in my own unique way. Thankfully I found my way, and I wanted to continue to strengthen my ability to cope with life's adversities as they occurred. I found a course that really clicked with my strengths and passions. Then by the end of my course, I wanted to be able to support others going through their own traumatic experiences, and find comfort within their minds, that life after trauma is possible.
I studied Counselling and then later Youth Work. I worked for a couple of different youth services between 2009 and 2012, and during that time I had noticed a different brand of case management was needed, and that our area lacked therapeutic services for the significantly disengaged young people. Or young people at risk of disengagement. This never sat well with me, and after going on maternity leave, I wanted to still help the young people struggling within our society.
I decided to create my own support service, tailored around therapeutic youth work and created South Coast Nurturing.
The first school I approached with this model really connected to it and I was given a handful of At Risk young people to work with. I then started to successfully engage and maintain my client’s week after week, and was getting and maintaining a successful engagement rate of over 92%.
My case load grew, and I realised I needed to employ like-minded and professional people to help me service youth referred to us. South Coast Nurturing has continued to grow from this point on.
We are passionate about supporting disengaged youth on the Fleurieu Peninsula. I have spent the last 9 years successfully engaging over 92% of youth with complex needs. Youth, who have been disengaged for years, have grown to trust me and my team. We have then been able to work with them to identify goals and develop a plan for addressing their barriers.
We engage our clients by using advanced communication skills, interpersonal skills and an intense sense of justice and fairness to others. My case management is driven by a restorative justice framework that has continually proven effective with the disengaged youth that I have had the privilege to support over the years.
I provide intensive, nurturing and assertive one-on-one case management and counselling. My professional approach is to utilise my experience, understanding and support to assist highly complex, disengaged youth that potentially haven’t yet developed the skills and tools to help themselves, and who have not yet given themselves the opportunity to grow positively on their life journey. Through my developed case management and counselling experience, I re-engage them with their local community and on to further learning or employment.
I have steadily grown my business since 2013, and thoroughly enjoy what I do, finding satisfaction from the support I provide and the growth I witness in my clients during their engagement with South Coast Nurturing.
I feel blessed to have such an amazing network around me and honestly feel the local community is developing each year in supporting our at risk young people. Youth that simply need a genuine mentor to stand with them on this journey, through the very difficult teenage years.
~ Melanie Jolley
South Coast Nurturing