There are moments in our lives when we need help to put one foot in front of the other.
When 20-year-old Lisa* walked through the doors of YFS this time last year, she had a newborn, limited support and had been newly diagnosed with a disability.
In the space of a year, mentors at YFS have supported her to navigate her way through the NDIS process, to build support networks, secure and sustain housing and engage in further study.
She has really taken to her role as a new mum, with regular attendance at YFS’ Bump to Jump playgroup and the Young Mums’ Squad. She’s formed friendships and connections with other young parents, who now interact outside of these structured support groups as well. She has also benefitted from ongoing therapeutic intervention organised by YFS.
Soon Lisa will graduate with a Certificate 3 in Individual Support, having put in the hard work. She is well on her way to building the future she wants for herself and her little one.
Having supportive relationships plays a very special role in helping regain our confidence and discover what we’re capable of.
The holistic approach of YFS means young parents have someone walking alongside them, giving them agency to overcome the challenges they face and get on a path to greater stability and economic freedom. This early intervention from YFS helps young people in need participate in their community.
YFS has been supporting the people of Logan City to thrive since the early 1980s. Our partnership with them commenced in 2021, through the Thriving Families program which has supported over 171 young families in the last two years. Just recently, this partnership was extended for another three years for $350,000 each year.
*Name withheld for privacy reasons.