Ladder Step Up Western Sydney is taking referrals

Young people in out-of-home care are invited to join the next Ladder Step Up Western Sydney Program that will commence on October 17, 2017.

The program uses an evidence based coaching approach to engage and work with young people. Activities include up to eight weeks intensive group training followed by individualised development plans and mentoring opportunities.

Ladder GM of programs, Sarah Bourke said during the group phase, self-supporting teams of young people will work together to identify and build on their skills, clarify vocational pathways, build foundational inter-personal and employability skills, and complete a community based project.

"This program is free and a great way for young people to gain the skills and build postive relationships and community connections that will set them up for a successful and independent future.

"We encourge young people, or those referring them, to get in touch with Ladder to discuss their needs and how a program can be tailored to best support them.

"Please email referralnsw@ladder.org.au or call the office number on 02 9832 3469," Ms Bourke said.

The program has already improved the lives of young people, including Katie* who started the program not eating properly. Through her committment to the program and willingness to participate, Katie learnt about meal preparation and the importance of nutrition and fitness. She is now cooking healthy meals and eating three times a day.

“I have gained better lifestyle skills and how to be healthier," Katie said.

Jane*, 20, has struggled with securing employment and have been unclear of her future. During Jane's participation in the eight week program, she had learnt the skills of goal setting and discovered what she would like to acheive for herself. Jane started creating small steps towards reaching her dream job.

"I will be enrolling into a TAFE course in animal care and I am excited that I am working towards my dream job."

Jane said one of her favourite moments was going on the snow trip.

“I learnt how to plan and organise a trip”.

“Step Up has provided me with the opportunities I never thought I would get,” Jane reflected.

To be eligible for the program, young people must:

  • Be aged between 17 and 20 years of age
  • Be exiting or nearing exiting out-of-home care
  • Be based in Greater Western Sydney
  • Be available to attend 34 weeks of training
  • Have the capacity to participate in programs offered and be committed to doing so

There is no close date on the referral process. The next program will commence on Tuesday 17th October at 1/254 Beames Avenue, Mt Druitt NSW.

*Names have been changed.

For more information about Step Up Program and to access the referral form, please click here

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