Dignity First-funded van steers homeless youth in the right direction
- 29 November 2019 10:26AM
For people experiencing homelessness and not sure where their next meal will come from, nutrition and the quality of food is the last thing on their mind.
Supported by the Dignity First Fund, the Good Grub Club mobile kitchen and food van is helping Anglicare Southern Queensland’s Insync Youth Homelessness Service provide life-changing support to homeless youth.
Through the specially-designed food van, homeless and disadvantaged youth learn how to prepare, cook and present healthy food.
Youth Worker Lauren Tucker mentors young people who are affected by housing crisis, domestic and family violence, relationship and family breakdowns, and drug and substance abuse.
“I see my role is to help young people understand that none of this is their fault, and that there is so much good in them.
"I really enjoy showing respect to someone that may have never been respected,” said Lauren.
Not only do the youth working in the van develop life skills to enable them to be
job-ready, they also access training, education and employment opportunities.
The food they prepare is sold at community markets and through event bookings, as well as provided to homeless food distributers and age respite centres across Brisbane and Logan.
Anglicare’s Executive Director Karen Crouch said the exciting and innovative project is making an impact on the lives of young people.
“It’s helping them develop important life skills, long-term resilience and foster a sense of wellbeing from giving back to the community,” said Ms Crouch.
“They get work experience preparing food at events and corporate functions and, through our partnership with TAFE, have access to training, education and employment opportunities.
“As well as getting increased confidence and self-esteem, they can seek qualifications in the hospitality, cooking or barista fields.”
The food van is about helping homeless youth to thrive, not just survive.
Learn more about the Good Grub Club crew and their stories.
Watch Graffiti Artist Davey Mac (Teazer) and the Good Grub Club crew splash some colour on the van and share their stories through art.