Edward Chirenda has been a volunteer Live-In Mentor with Concern Australia for more than five years, showing great commitment to the wellbeing of multiple vulnerable young people he has shared a home with. "It really provides you with an opportunity to impact someone’s life!" he says.
As more families find themselves in stressful situations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks to children grow. The 30th anniversary of Child Protection Week is an important reminder about protecting children in these unstable times.
Our teams keep adapting to support vulnerable young people during the pandemic. We recently introduced the Car Mechanic Simulator game for Hand Brake Turn students so they can continue their practical learning away from the workshop.
The Raise the Rate campaign is calling for a permanent increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and related payments so that everyone can put a roof over their head and food on the table.
Solomone’s death is a tragic signpost to the critically urgent work needed with young people who are disengaged and vulnerable.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be long-lasting. There is much work to be done to enable our young people to cope and navigate an uncertain future. We’ll be there for the long haul.