My role at Hope Street is to help homeless, or at risk of homelessness, young adults find and maintain a Private Rental property. I have a Bcs / Hons degree in Public Health and Nutrition and a Cert of Higher Education in Health Science.
How did you become interested in working with young people/families at risk of or experiencing homelessness?
I was a Health Development Officer working with children, teenagers and families to promote healthy lifestyles before moving from Scotland in 2015 and taking up the position of Community Integration Facilitator in August 2016. This position complements my other role as Youth Facilitator for Laverton Youth Foundation, another not-for-profit organisation that allows me to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people.
I have been working with young people for more than 10 years and am passionate about promoting their health and well-being. I thoroughly enjoy the job satisfaction that comes with watching a young person grow in confidence and move on from homelessness. This role allows me to support a young person through what can be a very traumatic time to help them realise their dream of living independently in safe, secure, long-term housing.
What is your favourite part about working at Hope Street?
I love getting to work with young people on a one to one basis instead of in group or classroom settings that I was used to in my other positions. I'm lucky enough to share in the joy every time a client secures a tenancy and get to be there through their journey out of homelessness.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I enjoy hiking and was a keen hill-walker in Scotland before moving to Melbourne. I also enjoy going for a swim before work and of course lazing in the sun in my back garden!
Who or what inspires you and why?
People inspire me. Hearing about the trials and tribulations that make up daily life for other people makes me thankful for what I have and I am determined to do what I can to support and encourage others around me.