New support for vulnerable youth in Northern NSW
NEWS RELEASE (For immediate release, Wednesday 28 March 2018): At risk youth in Northern NSW will soon benefit from an innovative program for young people leaving foster care awarded to leading provider of out-of-home care and homeless support, Uniting.
“Sadly, many young people who leave out-of-home care once they turn 18 years do not have support to help them transition to the next stage of their lives and this can lead to unemployment and even living on the streets,” Uniting Head of Far North and Mid North Coast, Charlie Chubb said.
“By supporting them with access to further training, employment and housing close to where they need it, this program not only reduces their risk of homelessness, but also gives them hope for a secure and stable future and better life outcomes.”
The tender for this program, funded by the NSW Government as part of the Premier’s Youth Initiative, was announced today by Minister for Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward MP in Goonellabah.
The new initiative is designed to provide support to young people leaving care across Northern NSW via housing as well as education and employment opportunities.
Aboriginal youth will comprise around half of the young care leavers between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie to be assisted by this program.
“Uniting has a strong track record in working with vulnerable young people in Northern NSW, including those leaving care. Over the past 25 years Uniting has established longstanding relationships with the Aboriginal communities on the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW,” Mr Chubb said.
Uniting is partnering with Aboriginal Employment Strategy Ltd to link young people with life changing education and job opportunities.
“As a community housing provider, we can link them with local appropriate accommodation options. It’s not only about providing a roof over people’s heads, we’re also providing the resources to support them to lead a rewarding and fulfilling adult life. Uniting is excited to work on this initiative with our partner, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, which has proven experience achieving great outcomes for young people,” Mr Chubb said.
This initiative follows a recent announcement that Uniting was selected as one of three partners with the NSW Government in the innovative Foyer 51 project, which is also designed to combat youth homelessness in the inner city for young people leaving care.
Note to Editors: Photographs from today’s announcement are available on request.