As we step into Spring, it’s time to share some recent highlights and also update you with program and staff news over the last few months. A lot has been going on!
Throughout the challenges of the year, we have focused on Celebrating all Seasons. The French have a saying from the 15’th Century: “Fleuris là où tu es plantée“, which means, “Bloom where you are planted”. As we step into Spring we want to say thank you to you our supporters for blooming where you are planted.
We have been touched at your ongoing generosity this last financial year. As a result of last year’s Pandemic Crisis, Christmas and EOFY Appeals we raised more funds than in any previous year. Your support ensured we stayed in the black during one of the toughest year’s the organisation has faced and illustrated how clearly your efforts make a difference to the young people and children we serve.
We all know disadvantaged and at-risk young people and children have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. So thank you. It REALLY meant a lot this last year. Your ongoing generosity ensured that we have been able to continue supporting disadvantaged and at-risk young people, online and offline, during such a critical time.
Despite the pandemic’s challenges and subsequent lockdowns, we continued to innovate so that we could support vulnerable young people and children wherever they were. Our CREWY (Creating Real Adventures With Youth) team played a crucial role in keeping young people in our Inside Out homes connected, organising fun activities and creative challenges to keep them engaged. These fun and hilarious rolling set of activities worked, and it’s a credit to the CREWY team, our volunteer live-in-mentors and the young people involved for making the effort to keep their spirits up during lockdowns.
In the last few months we’ve launched a campaign to recruit 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.
We are excited that we’ve recently employed four graduates from Hand Brake Turn on short-term placements as trainee mechanics in our fiXit social enterprise. There’s a fair bit going on in the background with fiXit and Hand Brake Turn and we are hoping to share more news about this area in the coming months.
Below you’ll find updates about some of the things we’ve been up to recently, and important opportunities to get involved and make a difference for young people.
I hope this short summary of the last few months encourages you to reflect on the wonderful outcomes we achieve in our work supporting young people together, despite the ongoing challenges of COVID in our communities. I feel positive and optimistic about the future for young people, and hope you can join with me in celebrating their wins and the joyful moments we’ve shared with them this year.
And lastly, just a reminder that fiXit social enterprise is continuing to run throughout lockdown in accordance with Victorian government regulations. Don’t forget you can donate a car or book your car in for a service at either our Braybrook or Dandenong workshops and provide work experience for young people as they develop their skills and get started on their career path. Contact Jonathan Sugumar at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
As we welcome the spring sunshine, we are reminded that like tending a garden, our relationships and potential of young people need to be nurtured.
Hosea 6:3 reflects our motivation during these challenging times, and our prayer is that you will join us as we “… acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Stay safe, stay positive, stay blessed.
Chief Executive Officer