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    Woy Woy Youth Cottage

    Woy Woy Youth Cottage is our crisis youth refuge which provides temporary accommodation and support to five homeless young women and men aged between 14 and 20. Woy Woy Youth Cottage 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.

    Woy Woy Youth Cottage’s primary focus for each resident is to work through their crisis in a safe and supportive environment. 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.

    Staff encouraged Troy to focus on his future goals and eventually he began taking positive steps to improve his mental health and also mend broken relationships within his family.

    Troy was 17 when he came to Youth Cottage. He was acting out with his family, completely disengaged from school and constantly getting in trouble with the Police. Troy was struggling to come to terms with trauma that he had suffered as a child. Although he was engaging well with staff, he found it difficult to break the cycle of poor decision making because of the friends he continued to spend time with.

    Staff encouraged Troy to focus on his future goals and eventually he began taking positive steps to improve his mental health and also mend broken relationships within his family. Troy was a talented horse rider and there was an opportunity for him to move to a cattle ranch in the Northern Territory. Troy and his family all agreed that this would be a great chance for him to make a fresh new start. Troy is thoroughly enjoying his new profession as a Jackeroo, is no longer on medication and his relationship with his family has improved immensely.



    Funding

    Youth Cottage is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.