RACT and Colony 47, a Practical Partnership

The RACT has made some important contributions to Colony 47 during our winter appeal period.

Colony 47 is partnering with RACT’s Drive School to address one of the main barriers to youth employment and overcoming disadvantage in a young person’s life.

RACT’s Drive School has committed to helping 60 young people get their L2s.

“Many of the young people we assist don’t have the chance to learn to drive, either because their family do not own a car, they are financially restricted or they are homeless and lack the resources,” Colony 47 CEO, Danny Sutton, said.

“This is a great partnership with RACT and we really welcome this chance to help make a difference to these young people’s lives.”

RACT has also made a donation to the Colony 47 Winter Appeal, which raises money towards financial counselling support and homelessness packs for those affected by family violence.

Colony 47 distributes more than 160 homelessness packs to families in Tasmania’s south each year. Donations can be made via www.colony47.com.au.

Last but by no means least, RACT  donated a large number of towels from Freycinet Lodge, which were surplus to their needs.

This donation has been welcomed by Colony 47’s Mara House program which provides transitional and crisis accommodation to about 50 young people (aged 13-20) each year. These young people have usually experienced a family or relationship breakdown and are at risk of homelessness.

Manager, Housing and Homelessness Services, Didi Okwechime said up to six people could be accommodated at Mara House, staying anywhere from one night to a year until they are reconnected with family or suitable long-term accommodation is found.

“We also offer counselling services and teach living skills such as basic budgeting, cooking, cleaning, education and referrals for legal advice, employment, family planning and medical services,” Ms Okwechime said.

RACT CEO, Harvey Lennon and Colony 47 Housing and Homelessness Services Manager Didi Okwechime.

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