Yarra Ranges Life TV at YHMD2019

Thanks to Yarra Ranges Life TV for their coverage of our Youth Homelessness Matters Day event. Check out the video here.

Thank you to Neal at Holy Fools and Bill Brindle (Labor for Casey) for the great interviews. Hopefully this event helps draw attention to the issue of homelessness in our community.   #YHMD2019

Youth Week 2019

As we wrap up Youth Week 2019, we’d like to give a shout out to all of the amazing young people in our community! We’d also like to congratulate everyone involved in our ‘Support for Young People’ program who recently celebrated the milestone of each person having a part time job, as well as being continuing their education.

We love working together to support people to achieve their goals, and we have the best job where we are inspired every single day.
If you’d like to join us in our mission to ensure every young person has a safe and secure home to grow up in, please send us a message or give us a call on 03 8761 9040 and we can have a chat about all the ways people and businesses can help us help our community.

A safe place for young mothers

Anchor offers the Hazel Hams Homes accommodation program for single mothers (18 to 25 years old). We support young women to give them the chance to change their life trajectory, while raising their babies and young children in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Since the program’s opening in January 2017 we have continued to see positive outcomes for all of the young families involved. We thank our ongoing supporters that assist us to cover the costs of this independent project (as we have not received any government funding).

Private Rental Brokerage Program

The Private Rental Brokerage Program is a Creating Connection program which is funded by the State Government under the Youth Housing Action Plan 2.

The PRBP aims to support young people who are ready to live independently in a share-house or private tenancy. The PRBP can assist young people with their applications for private rental tenancies (including subletting share-house options), understanding their rights and responsibilities in regards to private rental tenancies, budgeting and brokerage toward rent in advance or whitegoods/ essential household goods to establish a tenancy.
The Private Rental Brokerage Program is managed by Family Access Network (FAN) and Anchor Inc.

Certificate 1- Developing Independence

Anchor’s Youth Development Services integrates housing, education, training and employment for young people aged 16 to 25 years of age. We focus on positive outcomes through skills such as goal setting, planning accessing housing and dealing with conflict and change.

As part of our ‘Support for Young People’ program, we support youth to complete Certificate 1 in Developing Independence at Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside. This formal, accredited course aims to support young people in developing core life skills, as well as recognising and validating their existing skills, talents and aspirations

Brighter Futures Transformation Pilot

The “Brighter Futures Transformation Pilot” is an initiative that comes from a collaboration of the Outer Eastern Melbourne Children and Youth Area Partnership. With representatives from many local organisations and groups, the partnership aims to improve outcomes for children and young people at-risk of entering in, and transitioning from, Out-of-Home-Care.

Our “Community Connectors” work with teens to help them identify their strengths, passions and goals. They then look for ways to connect the young person with local individuals, businesses or groups that can help them pursue and achieve their dreams.
As the lead agency, we are excited to see the achievements of this pilot, and all of the people involved.
For more information, you can check out the Children and Youth Area Partnerships website.

Youth feedback

We love working with local young people and seeing them grow more confident and empowered to be their best selves! This recent feedback demonstrates the impact Anchor can have, and we couldn’t be more proud!

“I will forever be in debt of the wonderful team supporting young people in housing crisis. Peter and Frances were particularly great. They spent over three years as my case workers and it’s fair to say they assisted me through some of the hardest times in my life. Being a homeless teenager with no family was very tough, but Anchor took me and many other young people into their care to assist, engage and educate us…. I have nothing but pure respect, love and gratitude for you all. So from the bottom of my heart, a very big thank you!” – G, former client.

Family Reconciliation

Our “Family Reconciliation” program provides counselling for families with young people between the ages of 15-25 years to resolve present and past conflict. Our specialised practitioner works alongside families to rebuild relationships through regular therapy sessions.

This program often complements other services offered by Anchor, once again providing an integrated approach to local youth.

Youth Ambassadors wanted!

Brighter Futures is an exciting initiative supporting young people with an Out-of-Home care experience. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors to share their positive leaving-care stories and help us improve the care system.

If you would like to know more about this awesome opportunity, send us a DM or hit up Luke at Create Foundation on 9918 0002/ 0432 220 052 or at luke.westwick@create.org.au.

Supporting young people in crisis

“Your help today has meant so much; Anchor really seems to have options for young people in crisis to live a better life, makes me smile!”- A big part of what we do at Anchor is working with young people to make sure they have a safe place to live their best life, so hearing comments like this makes us smile too!