Our Youth Services program commenced in 2017.
Our signature initiative is The Haven, which provides medium-term transitional accommodation for young people from 16 years of age who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
The Haven provides stable, supported accommodation for young people from 16 years of age who may be homeless, at risk of homelessness or are unable to live at home due to significant conflict or issues.
The facility is located on a tranquil rural block west of Toowoomba. Residents are supported by on-site staff to complete school, find work and learn skills required to get ready to live independently.
Young residents will be encouraged and supported to complete their education, training or employment.
In 2017, The Haven officially joined YellowBridge QLD.
For more information about the Haven including referrals, donations and projects please contact us
YOUTH DRIVING PROGRAM
The Youth Driving Program helps young people at The Haven receive the training and support to achieve their driver’s licence. Learner drivers are required to complete 100 hours of supervised driving to be eligible to sit their provisional driving test. Most young people who are experiencing homelessness do not have family support which means they do not have a vehicle to use or a person willing to help them complete 100 hours of supervised driving.
A driver’s licence is a significant enabler for independence and employment. Without it, our young people have yet another barrier towards independent living. In Toowoomba, there are no current programs to support young learner drivers to complete their 100 hours of supervised training that are available free of charge and part of a holistic program aimed at assisting young people to gain independence, self-reliance and move them towards employment and/or educational outcomes.
In 2016, YellowBridge was awarded seed funding in the first round of the Dignity First Grants to start the program. We partnered with Complete Driving School, Toowoomba Toyota and Golden Harvest Service Station who provided discounted lessons, subsidised car and free fuel respectively. We have a team of volunteer mentor drivers who help the participants.
In 2018, Suncorp nominated YellowBridge to be a beneficiary in their Brighter Futures Workplace Giving program. Since then, Suncorp staff has donated time and money to renovate The Stepping Stone Cottage, improve facilities inside The Haven and its surroundings and support the Youth Driving Program.
We appreciate recent support from Heritage Bank to purchase gym equipment for our young people.