A year on from Brisbane’s devastating 2022 floods, young people living in one of Brisbane Youth Service’s transitional housing shelters are grateful to have access to a brand-new van, purchased through the Queensland Government’s Community Grant Program.
House Manager Paul expressed his gratitude for this new vehicle, emphasising the significance of easily accessible transport for vulnerable young people living in a supported home setting.
“Losing our previous vehicle to the floods had a significant impact on our program. For us, a vehicle isn’t just a method of transport; it’s an integral piece of our work which offers young people the freedom to experience the world without having to rely solely on public transport,” said House Manager Paul.
“Along with ferrying residents to and from important appointments, the vehicle is an important tool for our staff to connect with young people. We’ve found that going for an evening drive, putting on the stereo and sharing quality time with our residents – away from the stresses of school or work – can be extremely beneficial for everyone’s mental health.”
“Group activities like bushwalks, trips to the beach, going fishing (one of our favourite current activities!) would not be possible without this vehicle. The fact that we were able to purchase a new vehicle also allows young people to feel a bit more dignity about their place within a homelessness program. This assists with shedding some of the social stigma they often feel about their situation.”
“The residents and the staff are incredibly grateful to have received this grant. We love the new vehicle and the freedom it provides; I honestly don’t know where we would be without it.”