Youth Angle is our youth refuge at Umina which provides temporary accommodation and support to six homeless young women or men aged between 15 and 20. Youth Angle provides a relaxed and caring environment which places emphasis on developing the personal and living skills needed to sustain independent living. Residents work together in sharing household responsibilities, organising meals, grocery shopping and planning activities such as a roster of chores and weekend outings.
Where appropriate, residents under the age of 16 will be encouraged to reconcile with their families. If other residents also wish to repair family breakdown, they will be supported to do so. Where reconciliation is not appropriate, staff will assist residents to find independent housing and provide the necessary supports to ensure their tenancy can be sustained.
Taylor’s resilience and determination, along with Youth Angle’s support, assisted her to change her life and see her future as one that is bright and filled with hope and choice.
Taylor arrived at Youth Angle emotionally broken, with a long history of depression and suicidal tendencies. She was forced to seek crisis accommodation as her family home was both volatile and dysfunctional, with Taylor and her siblings experiencing ongoing abuse. With the stable environment and support at Youth Angle, Taylor quickly showed promise by demonstrating a high level of maturity and independent living skills. She was also linked in with counselling and mental health services, assisting her journey towards emotional healing.
Supported within the Outreach Program, Taylor continued to build upon her living skills and successfully maintained her tenancy. She also saved a large amount of money, earning her the affectionate title of ‘Youth Angle’s Best Saver’. Taylor never gave up on her goal of finding a job and finally secured part time employment as a barista in a cafe. Taylor’s resilience and determination, along with Youth Angle’s support, assisted her to change her life and see her future as one that is bright and filled with hope and choice.
Youth Angle is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.