Youth Stories

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Across the Northern Beaches The Burdekin Association provides accommodation options, support and hope to young people and, when appropriate, their families. Our aim is to ensure young people have a safe place to live, are cared for, can work through their early trauma, complete school, learn how to pay bills, clean their bedroom, to strive to be all that they can be, to aim high, complete university, get their dream job and live the life they want.

Storytelling is a great way of letting you into our world.

We can tell you all about our services and the work that we do but what better way than to give our young people a voice to tell their story personally.

In order to protect the identity of our young people, sharing their stories is not always possible. We are very thankful to these young people for allowing us to share their story here.

Their voices

Hear from these young people about how Burdekin changes lives for children and young people every day.

*photos have been changed to protect the individuals identity except with CJ.

Foster Carers / In their own words / News

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In their own words

CJ

In their own words

Simon

In their own words

Lanai

In their own words

Anna

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Our success rate is high

Over 90% of the children and young people we work with completing education, securing work and moving home or to independence.

With the support we are receiving from our donors, business and the government, we can continue to assist our clients and offer a high-quality service – the same quality of service Anna received and every child/young person has a right to receive. If you wish to support our work get involved or donate, we look forward to hearing from you.

%
OF OUR CLIENTS LEAVE WELFARE OR ENTER STABLE HOUSING
%
ARE ENGAGED IN EDUCATION WHEN LEAVING OUR "OUT OF HOME CARE" PROGRAM
YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES SUPPORTED OVER 10 YEARS

Our Programs

An integrated approach to issues of housing, intervention and support of young people.

Prevention of Youth Homelessness

Prevention of Youth Homelessness

Our work includes outreach support aimed at preventing young people from entering the homelessness system for example through the Avalon Youth Hub.

We also undertake active brokerage, which is a short-term tool to help young people access opportunities to gain and maintain stable accommodation.  As part of the brokerage service young people can also receive intensive support in areas such as budgeting, health management and job search skills. 

In addition, we offer Rent Choice Youth.  Click here for eligibility criteria: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing/factsheets/rent-choice-youth

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