Help when you can no longer live at home

The Youth Payment is made by the Ministry of Social Development (Work and Income). If you’re 16 or 17 years old, don’t have dependent children and need help financially, you may be eligible for the Youth Payment. You may also be eligible if you have a partner who meets specific Work and Income criteria.

Youth Payment is more than just money. When you receive it you’ll also have access to the Youth Service – a support system designed for young people, to help you stay on track and head towards a brighter, more independent future.

Family Works runs the Youth Service in the upper South Island. We can answer any of your questions and help you to apply for the Youth Payment and any other assistance you’re entitled to.

How we help

Our Family Works Youth Coaches are friendly and highly experienced in helping young people on the Youth Payment to live independently. Our goal is to help you with the things that you need today and to support you to work towards the things that you would like to see in your future.

The Youth Service team will support you to:

  • Complete your Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment applications
  • Receive the assistance to which you’re entitled
  • Better manage your money
  • Assess and access education options
  • Stay healthy and well

We’ll also be your advocate, making sure that you receive the assistance that you’re entitled to.

How does Youth Payment work?

  • It is a weekly payment from Work and Income.
  • You receive a mixture of:
    • Cash
    • Top ups on a Personal Payment Card
    • Direct payments (like rent or board) to service providers
  • If your living costs are high you may be eligible for extra assistance.
  • Your Personal Payment Card is a debit card. You use it to buy things like food from approved stores.
  • You’ll agree to certain responsibilities when you sign up for the Youth Payment. Your Youth Coach will support you in all these things. They include:
    • Attending a budgeting course
    • Creating a plan for your future
    • Working on furthering your education.
  • The bonus for meeting your obligations is extra cash – up to $20 per week extra for furthering your education and completing a budgeting course.

Where to start?

Your first step is to get in touch! We’ll help you work out whether or not you are eligible for the Youth Payment, and make sure you get the support that you need:

  • Drop in to one of the Service Centres listed below
  • Contact us via this website

This service is available at:

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