Opportunities and Life Links for Youth


OLLY (Opportunities and Life Links for Youth) is a program developed by Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project in partnership with GoTafe. OLLY provides a welcoming space for young people to access, food, social interaction, learning experiences and links to referral services.

OLLY replaced Lighthouse's program, the Haven. Established in 2017, the Haven was developed after extensive community consultation and feedback from the region's youth, highlighting the need for a space dedicated to supporting young people. The Haven supported over 11,000 positive engagements.


OLLY is a welcoming space designed by Greater Shepparton young people for Greater Shepparton young people.

students have attended since opening
student engagements since opening

Data period: January 2023 - December 2023

The OLLY program works under the Life Links model. Life Links’ is both a systems change framework and a practical approach to building the capability of young people and their families to assist them to navigate life’s challenges. 

Life Links systems change framework, consists of three key areas:

  • Strengthening the common agenda around prevention and early intervention 
  • Building on the practical actions and existing services to amplify their impact and sustainable change. 
  • Creating a shared evidence base that can be used to inform improvements, building confidence in prevention approaches and broader media messaging that will grow the support.  

OPEN Monday-Wednesday
1.00pm – 3.00pm for 18+
3.30pm – 7pm for Year 7-12

A drop-home service is available.

Help us spread the word!

We welcome schools and service providers to help us spread the word.

Click here to download the OLLY poster for your school/workplace noticeboards.

Meet the OLLY team


Sam Sharpe

Life Links Coordinator

M: 0487 315 999


Sarah Norris

Secondary & Transitions

M: 0461 370 140


Joshua Maude

Project Officer


Lisa Lynch

Youth Worker


Catherine Metcalf

Life Links

OLLY is located at GoTafe, 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton

(next to the half basketball court)

Olly Map3

OLLY is open Monday to Wednesday 3:30-7pm

and a drop-home service is available at 7pm.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the Shepparton region on whose lands we are located, the Yorta Yorta peoples and their Elders past, present and emerging. Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project recognises, respects and supports all community members regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, or age.

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Office phone: 0419 555 939

Office location: 7715A GV Hwy, Kialla, VIC. 3631

Postal address: PO Box 924, Shepparton VIC 3632