Launch of Youth at Risk Accommodation Service: Colville Place

Tackling youth homelessness

Today, Roger Jaensch MP launched a new nine unit youth at risk accomodation in Hobart. It will provide residential based support and other support services for young people aged 12-15 who are at risk of, or already experiencing, homelessness.The new facility will create a safe and supportive environment, providing both intensive and specialist support for these young Tasmanians.

Posted by Will Hodgman on Wednesday, 18 April 2018

In March 2018 the Tasmanian Government awarded Colony 47 a contract to provide services in a new purpose-built facility in Hobart for youth at risk of homelessness between the ages of 12 and 15.

The facility is one of a number of youth focussed initiatives by the Tasmanian Government included in its Affordable Housing and Youth at Risk Strategies.

In recognition of the work of the founder of Colony 47 Jim Colville we have been delighted to be able to name the new site, Colville Place.

Jim was a staunch advocate for the needs of young people in the 70’s and 80’s as they sought recognition as a key group with needs in the community.

Colville Place will be a 24 – hour crisis accommodation service that takes referrals for young people who are at risk of homelessness.

The focus will be on supporting the young people to achieve their goals through wrap around services, that work with them to:

  • re-engage with education and vocational training
  • re-engage with family;
  • develop daily living skills;
  • develop relationships; and
  • connect with people and supports that can assists them to achieve their goals.

To support these outcomes, Colony 47 will have a number of its existing services work within the new facility with the young people including:

  • the Reconnect service which targets the needs of young people at risk of homelessness;
  • the Parents and Kids Together service which works on a project basis to connect young people and their families; and
  • the Transition to Work service which can support young people to access future employment opportunities.

Colony 47 will be accepting referrals for Colville Place towards the end of May 2018, so we can continue to support young people at risk of homelessness to achieve their goals in life.

A project team led by Didi Okwechime and Toby Stoddart is currently undertaking the recruitment and operational implementation activities required to welcome the new clients in May 2018.

One of the key planks of the service will be the adoption of the UK Foyer model as a framework for the implementation of the service.

The Foyer model develops a positive culture for the clients which focusses on their strengths and also aligns their goals with positive educational and employment outcomes.

Colony 47 is partnering with the Brotherhood of St Laurence in the implementation of Advantaged Thinking, a framework for the strengths based approach for the young people.

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