As we step into autumn, it is time to share some recent highlights as well as updating you with programs and staff news from the last few months. Here we go!
A lot has been going on during this time of the year… new partnerships coming up, projects and events that will certainly prove that autumn is a season of changes and preparation for what is coming.
We want to take this opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity during this time, your support is continuously helping us to support at risk and disadvantaged young people across our programs.
February started with the latest Victorian Government announcement released by the Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews, acknowledging our training program Hand Brake Turn and our social enterprise fiXit as pathways to engage disadvantaged young people across Victoria. The Minister for Victim Support and Minister for Corrections, Youth Justice and Crime Prevention, the Hon Natalie Hutchins visited our Braybrook workshop to announce $300,000 funding over two years, and had the chance to meet Kevin and AJ, two Hand Brake Turn Graduates who shared with her all their learnings of the program.
A week after the Minister’s visit, we met representatives of Bosch – the largest auto parts supplier in the world. The Bosch team learnt about the impact of Hand Brake Turn through providing young people with automotive training, and the experience that fiXit provides to create sustainable pathways to employment.
We also said congratulations to our recent Hand Brake Turn graduates in a beautiful ceremony held at Dandenong. We were delighted to have the Hon. Julian Hill MP, Federal Member for Bruce join our team in celebrating this milestone.
We are still calling for more Live-in Mentors who play a crucial role in integrating young people in the out-of-home-care system into the community. If you know of anyone who is interested please send them our way! This can be an incredibly rewarding role for the right person who wants to make a difference in a young person’s life, so please check out more details about the role in our update.
So far, 2022 has been a great year. We feel optimistic about this season as opportunities emerge, and we look forward to sharing these seasonal updates with you throughout the year.
Wishing you all the best.
Chief Executive Officer