Transition to Independence Month
Road to Independence….Journey to success | November 2017
Here’s a sample of some useful resources to assist in planning for young people to transition to independence. If you or someone you know has already left care and needing support please contact Next Step After Care on 1800 639 878.
Planning for leaving care:
There’s an App called Sortli to help with all the things you need to cross off before you leave care. Click here for an information sheet for workers and carers and click here for an information sheet for young people in care.
CREATE have an awesome booklet ‘Go Your Own Way’ – download a copy here and find the information relevant for your State or Territory.
Need help in getting your views across? Click here for a document that can assist you in letting the adults in your life know what you want in your plan.
Having issues? Check out this form for a complaint form designed by a young person.
Need some inspiration from other young people who’ve left care? Check out ‘Standing on Our Own Two Feet.’
A guide for workers on helping young people to transition to independence – download here.
Need to know where to start for transitioning to independence? Check out this checklist.
Want an idea on what can go in your T2i plan? Check out a planning template here.
Need a bit more support to make a complaint or have an issue resolved? Contact the Office of the Public Guardian on 1800 661 533 and check out the Public Guardian website or Legal Aid’s website for more information.
Need some financial help to continue your education? Check out the Care2Achieve Scholarships for young women aged 17-21, who have an out-of-home care experience. The scholarship provides funds to help cover costs associated with your education for up to four years of tertiary study. The amount per year is up to $3,500, depending on the course. For eligibility and more information go to www.thesmithfamily.com.au/care2achieve
Another lot of funding available for all young people with an out-of-home care experience aged 15-21 for vocational education and training is the ‘What’s Next OOHC fund.’ Applications from young people aged 22-24 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information on the funding and assistance that can be provided head to www.training.qld.gov.au/WhatsNextOOHC
Funding can come in handy when you’re about to embark on living independently.
Here’s a form on TILA on some money that young people who have been in care can access.
Next Step After Care can also assist with funding and support. Text or call 1800 639 878 and check out this information sheet.
Need some guidance on where to next? Check out ‘Out of care and onto further education, training and work.’
Thinking of reconnecting with your birth family? Here’s a one page flyer written by young people.
And lastly, sometimes you might need a bit of legal advice. This can be for anything from housing, criminal matters or financial matters. If you need some help contact Legalpod, by checking out this flyer.
If there’s something else you’re looking for and can’t find it here, then contact Kelly at CREATE on 07 3317 6020.