Amanda, a regular at The Space, had a traumatic childhood that led to strained family relationships and disengagement from school. Amanda’s troubles grew when she began using substances and became homeless.
Upon learning about her circumstances, staff at The Space immediately provided free case work to support her. The team identified the issues she was facing and worked to address them. Amanda received drug and alcohol counselling. She also began family therapy. The Space helped her search for employment, and Amanda now works casually. She has since moved back home and there has been growth in her family relationships.
Although she still continues to receive support from The Space, Amanda’s life is increasingly more stable. The Space’s care and guidance gave an at-risk young person a real opportunity to choose a different path.
YMCA Social Impact is passionate about supporting our young people who need it the most. Michelle was a senior student at Kingston Vocational School when the YMCA first learnt about her dire living situation. She would come to school cold and hungry as she was living out of a caravan with no window panes or access to power. The YMCA helped Michelle apply for the Department of Housing Waitlist and she was offered a studio unit in Nerang as soon as a vacancy opened at YMCA Affordable housing.
The YMCA’s assistance has had a major positive impact on Michelle. She now has a real place to call home, something she hasn’t had since she was a small child. Michelle says she feels safe and secure in her new accommodation, and she is very thankful to the YMCA and for providing her with this opportunity. The YMCA’s support allowed Michelle to stay in school, breaking the cycle of disadvantage and giving her a real opportunity to make the most out of her education.