The impact of COVID-19 on our community has meant necessary changes to our work.
We continue to fully support the young people and live-in mentors in our Inside Out homes. Virtual and phone contact means our youth workers can continue to provide frequent and tailored support. We are in close contact with key people in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to ensure we can continue to support young people in our care, and our live-in mentors who are doing such a remarkable job during this time, while ensuring we observe all Government directions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Inside Out assists young people in the child protection and youth justice system transition toward independent living.
Through our team of qualified, experienced youth workers, this program seeks to empower, upskill and motivate young people between the ages of 16-19 to tackle life independently. In partnership with the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services, we use an Enhanced Lead Tenant Model in which housing arrangements are tailored specifically to each young person’s situation, creating a safe and secure place where they feel valued and have a sense of belonging.
VOLUNTEER LIVE-IN MENTOR/LEAD TENANT VACANCIES
Exciting opportunities are now available to become a live-in mentor to young people as part of our Enhanced Lead Tenant program, which provides accommodation, and support services to young people who are on statutory orders (child protection and/or youth justice).
Applicants should include a letter which you can upload as part of this form. Your letter should tell us a little about yourself, stating that you are interested in the position and outlining what you feel you can bring to the program as a live-in mentor.
MANY VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT RECEIVE THE HELP THEY NEED AND RISK FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS
Mick* became involved with Concern Australia in 2017 when we assisted him to move out of residential care and into independent accommodation. His Case Manager assisted him through a Targeted Care Package, which enabled us to provide Mick with flexible and holistic care tailored to his personal needs.
We know many young people who face significant challenges and trauma, so when Mick succeeded at accomplishing his personal goals we celebrated each new achievement. Mick gained employment and study opportunities, attended and received alcohol and other drug counselling, accessed rent assistance, purchased furniture and accessories for his home, learnt independent living skills and successfully achieved his Probationary Drivers Licence.
Mick benefited from the flexibility of our program and targeted care as we had the opportunity to walk alongside him as he transitioned between living in independent accommodation, to living with family, to navigating the homelessness sector and now comfortably living in private shared accommodation for over 6 months. We also supported Mick’s* family and offered avenues for reconciliation with Mick by providing them both with guidance and referrals to appropriate services.
Through our support and role modelling over the past couple of years we have seen Mick grow significantly. He has become more mature, responsible, thoughtful and accountable for his actions. At 18 Mick is still figuring out what he wants to do for a career but he is working towards his goals of finding a job he enjoys while saving to purchase a car.
*Name has been changed.