Helping Vulnerable Young People Gain Their Independence
The 12 month program will help 49 young people aged 16 to 21 get the help they need when they leave care.
The Barwon Better Futures pilot will be delivered over 12 months by Barwon Child, Youth and Family and gives young people greater access to secure housing, employment opportunities and ongoing support.
The pilot will encourage young people to explore their interests and capabilities, strengthen connections in their professional and social relationships, and learn how to actively shape their future.
It places young people at the centre of transition planning and offers varying levels of supports and flexible funding packages.
More than $420,000 in funding will provide tailored support to young people by focusing on their talents and abilities, and helping them realise their plans for their future.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has developed the model, tools and resources for the program.
A pilot program is already helping young people transition from care to independence in Victoria’s South – Gippsland, Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne - and will run until June 2018. These programs will inform new directions for leaving care in Victoria.