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Homeless Not Helpless: Life Skills for Refugee Homeless Youth

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This project equipped 120 migrant and refugee homeless young people, 16 - 25 years of age and residing in Hope Street's Refuge and Supported Youth Accommodation facilities in Whittlesea, Melton and Northern Metro region, with basic life skills needed for independent living and to encourage positive interaction with each other.

Group sessions provided practical information, education and support for young migrants and refugees to actively participate in the community, gain confidence, learn living skills and develop community networks. Topics included:

  • 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 outcomes for young homeless migrants and refugees were that it:

  • Improved 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
  • Educated them to identify and avoid dangerous/anti-social situations
  • Assisted them to
    • build and sustain respectful relationships
    • secure affordable, safe and sustainable housing
  • Connected them to education and training with a view to gaining employment
  • Created community connections to enhance their wellbeing and resilience
  • Enabled them to reach their full potential and bring about long term positive sustainable change in their lives

Homeless migrant and refugee young people were informed about the resources available to support their health, wellbeing, accommodation, housing needs, community connections and ultimately prevent them from re-entering the crisis homelessness service system.

Project Partners / Stakeholders

This project involved 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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