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Skills for Life 101

Hope for homeless youth

This project will equip 50 young people with basic life skills needed for independent living and encourage positive interaction between residents at the Brunswick Crisis Refuge, Whittlesea and Melton Transitional Accommodation.

Group sessions will provide practical information, education and support for young homeless people to actively participate in the community. This project will assist young people to gain confidence, learn living skills and develop community networks. Topics will include:

  • Orientation and access to the Australian Community Services: navigating the service system
  • Housing and Accommodation
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Financial Counselling and Budgeting
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Mental Health Information and Support
  • Relationships Skills Enhancement
  • Loss and Grief
  • Conflict resolution
  • Obtaining Learners Permits and Licence
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sexual Health
  • Connect to Social and Recreational activities

The project's immediate expected outcomes for young homeless migrants and refugees will be to:

  • Improve their
    • understanding and access to appropriate housing, financial resources, psychological, emotional health, wellbeing and quality of life
    • relationships with peers and their local community that may lead to accommodation, emotional and wellbeing support, links to employment, and sense of belonging
    • understanding of appropriate ethical and protective behavioural practices
    • independent living skills
  • Educate them to identify and avoid dangerous/anti-social situations
  • Assist them to
    • build and sustain respectful relationships
    • secure affordable, safe and sustainable housing
  • Connect them to education and training with a view to gaining employment
  • Create community connections to enhance their wellbeing and resilience
  • Enable them to reach their full potential and bring about long term positive sustainable change in their lives

Young homeless people, including those from a migrant and refugee background, will not be left floundering in the service system trying to navigate and access relevant supports - this project will introduce them to relevant agencies and resources in a coordinated manner and increase their resilience and wellbeing.

Project Partners / Stakeholders

This project will involve a range of stakeholders in the Whittlesea, Moreland and Melton local government areas working with Hope Street to plan and deliver the project such as family violence providers, ethno specific community leaders, new and emerging community network service providers and the following organisations:


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