18 February 2016
HELPING young people from culturally diverse backgrounds who are at risk of homelessness will remain a priority, after news the Federal Government will continue to fund the Kildonan UnitingCare Reconnect program in Shepparton was released recently.
The Department of Social Services announced the program, which has a specific focus on supporting young people who are newly arrived or where their parents have newly settled in Australia, would be refunded until June 30, 2017.
The Reconnect Shepparton program targets young people aged 12 to 21 in Greater Shepparton and Moira and has strong links with other relevant services including education, training and employment, youth mental health, physical health services and housing services.
Kildonan CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said the funding certainty will allow Kildonan to help young people from a range of cultural backgrounds continue to receive the support they need.
“Trying to make a home in a new country can be challenging, especially for young people.
“Reconnect Shepparton helps young people, who have been in Australia for fewer than five years, to stabilise their living situation and improve their connections with family, work, education, training and the local community.
“This funding means Kildonan can continue to support vulnerable young people, and to help break the cycle of homelessness through one on one support, participation in group activities and practical support for the whole family.”
For more information on Reconnect, phone 5831 6157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org