As we reach the middle of Summer, we hope your are enjoying time with family and friends as warm weather abounds.
Our Summer newsletter is here – where we share highlights from the last few months and update you on program and staff news, including updates on fiXit.
You’ll find a range of stories below that share the recent impact of our work and the significant partnerships emerging as we grow as an organisation.
Each season brings change and this Summer is no different. After over 30 years providing relational support to young people at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, the Chaplaincy program will no longer be offered at the Centre. Working closely with God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club over this entire period has been an honour and we will continue to look for opportunities to partner with them again in the future.
We want to take this opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity in response to our Christmas Appeal which raised over $20,000 to assist young people in our care experiencing homelessness.
Positive outcomes we’ve recently achieved are made possible through partner funding including new funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety, Steven and Ian Gandel, The Gandel Foundation, The Flora and Frank Leith Trust and Together Financial. We could not achieve the impact we have without your support and that of our partners so a big thank you from all of us.
Despite the challenges faced in the lead up to Christmas, we continued to respond to the ever changing needs of our young people across our programs. This included delivering online automotive lessons to Hand Brake Turn students and ensuring Youth Workers and Live-in Mentors in our Inside Out homes were supported to manage their safety and wellbeing throughout the lockdowns. We were able to better support young people experiencing homelessness through our Steps Outreach Service which helped brighten the Christmas period. Accommodation was sorted, food care packs and Christmas hampers were delivered with a smile.
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 do check out more details about the role in our update.
We feel incredibly optimistic about 2022 as opportunities emerge this year and look forward to sharing these seasonal updates with you throughout the year.
Enjoy the read, stay safe and every blessing for the year ahead.
Chief Executive Officer