A pathway to independence
- 29 November 2019 10:26AM
Vulnerable young people struggling to find and sustain long-term housing will have access to new supported housing on the Gold Coast and in Townsville, and an expanded service in Logan.
The Queensland Government’s investment in youth foyers will provide young people aged between 16 and 25 with an opportunity to live independently, while receiving the necessary assistance to become confident, strong and self-supporting.
Youth foyers are internationally recognised for providing secure and affordable housing while delivering social and economic benefits for young people and the community.
The single occupancy, self-contained studio units in the youth foyers have controlled access and are staffed 24/7 by professional youth support workers.
On-site computer-based technology, and education and career planning advice, create a supported environment conducive to further education and training.
The foyers also offer the opportunity to learn and practice the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant in a safe and secure environment before moving into independent housing options.
We really try and build a community here.It's what you want to see in a neighborhood you want to see people getting along and supporting each other wherever possible and they're there for each other in the hard times and theydevelop some of really great friendships that last after they move out.
I have three younger brothers. I got split up from my brothers when I was about 12-ish. Yeah, I've been in foster care since I was five.
Mirene I'm from Congo I came here in 2007. I didn't know English I didn't know what single word in English I didn't know how to read and write or use a computer and when I leave the house I realized I didn't have anywhere to go and that's when I discovered the foyer.
I've been here about a year and year and three months. I guess it's helped me to 'adult' a bit more but I mean we do have lots of support here so if I needed any help majorly I'd always come to the girls.
Damien The support here is just absolutely amazing like they understand well like if your situation doesn't fit you then doesn't fit them no I've just around and helped you kind of become a better person and just to help you thrive. To me having home is coming is coming home into a place where you feel kind of you feel safe and you just feel welcome like from the community, neighbours like they'll greet you. It's like there's no real threat around. Support is kind of key to get the young people into the adult world.
Mirene They give you a clearer picture and it's really good to have people behind you can support you, who've been through so much, they've been through life and they can actually support you to do better. It is a family, definitely this feels like a family, because you have people there who are supporting you every day checking up on you, what are you doing where are you going. I'm trying to work hard so I can move out and give the space to someone else who needs it.
Jess well I just got a job yesterday so that was really cool so I'm doing retail marketing so that is really flexible which is really cool because I'm recording music at the moment too so I get to do that on the side.
Damien I'm doing a Cert 3 in hospitality and I'm also looking forward to becoming a chef or a game developer in the future. My dream is become full-fledged chef, first of all before I even start gaming and become full-fledged cheff and hopefully either move to London or move to somewhere around England someday and then just live there and just kind ofopen my own restaurant and just work there.
I am working on my business. It's a retail online retail business and I'm also working on my feature film I'm a filmmaker and I just graduated from University actually yesterday my graduation was yesterday.