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Staff get daggy for chosen charity

Jul 2016

RTA staff have raised more than $6000 for at risk youth and the homeless through the Casual Friday Initiative.

Now in its 12th year, Casual Friday raises funds by allowing staff to dress down each Friday in lieu of a gold coin donation. The funds are collected and distributed to our chosen charities – Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) and the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade.

RTA representatives presented BYS Chief Operations Manager Jullie Johnson with a cheque for $3,219 with the funds directed towards their annual Daggy Jumper Day.

Show your support for BYS by going daggy at your work place on 29 July.

Spotlight on housing: challenges for young people

The Brisbane Youth Service help at risk young people find secure housing and maintain a successful tenancy – but it can be challenging.

"Young people can be vulnerable due to their age and circumstances," BYS Housing Support Manager Adam Barnes said.

"For example they may be unemployed, have no rental history, be isolated from support services or their family, or be inexperienced at managing a tenancy."

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows there are 4,652 young people aged 12-25 who are homeless in Queensland (2012 ABS), but that figure is said to be an under-count due to the hidden nature of young people’s homelessness, particularly those couch surfing.

Young people who are sleeping rough continue to be some of the most vulnerable. During 2015/16, there was a marked increase in the numbers of young people sleeping rough in the Brisbane’s CBD.

Even those young people who are fortunate enough to find accommodation, will often find it difficult to maintain their tenancy.

Adam said the focus for Brisbane Youth Service has been to prioritise those young people who are most at risk.

"These young people need both housing and long term support to help turn their lives around," he said.

"Turning young lives around is often just a matter of access to housing and developmentally appropriate support."

Last year Brisbane Youth Service supported 1,298 young people.

Housing options for the most vulnerable young people include share houses, crisis accommodation with 24/7 support, community housing, reconnecting with family and private rentals.