Transition to Independence Month
Road to Independence….Journey to success | November 2017
What is Transition to Independence Month?
Each year, over 500 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Assistance for these young people often comes from family, carers and community members, as well as government and non-government service providers. However, a number of young people make this transition without a formal or informal support network.
Transition to Independence Month (T2i Month) is held in November each year highlighting the needs of young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to independence, experiencing positive life outcomes along the way.
The theme “Road to Independence…Journey to success” promotes the idea that a young person’s transition is a journey that evolves with time. The journey for young people to become independent and successful ultimately sets the direction for their transition to adulthood.
Transition to Independence Month is coordinated by GForce, a sector-wide working party chaired by CREATE Foundation and made up of government and non – government organisations. Young people with a care experience play an active role in contributing to and leading the group’s work. G-Force seeks to support those working with young people in out-of-home-care by sharing practical information, practice wisdom and useful resources. The group also provides stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback about systemic changes that could lead to improved outcomes for young people in out-of-home-care.
How can you help?
- – Talk to young people about Next Step After Care and how they can access support www.nextstepaftercare.com.au .
– Hear from local young people about how they view transition to independence, and how we can help them to live independently.
– Organise your own local event for young people to celebrate their achievements in becoming independent.
– Coordinate an art exhibition featuring works from young people.
– Hold a fun group activity with young people (paddle boarding, go-karting) where you can talk about the challenges and opportunities.
– Organise a T2i expo where local service providers, including Next Step After Care, showcase the help they can provide to young people
- – Encourage young people to download the ‘Sortli’ App. A fun, informative and easy-to-navigate, free mobile app for young people to help them with their transition to independence. Sortli is a pocket guide companion to services and support. It provides a step-by-step guide for all the important areas of a young person’s life, such as finding a place to live, looking after their health, managing their budget, finding a job, doing training or education and general life skills.
To find out how you can be involved in T2i month click here for an information sheet.
G-Force have developed a poster specifically designed for young people. For a copy of this poster please click here. This poster can be displayed in areas that young people will frequent including, but not limited to offices, youth spaces, carers houses and residential’s.
If your organisation is hosting an event for T2i month then be sure to let us know! To register any events you may be running for T2i month in November please contact Kelly at CREATE on firstname.lastname@example.org with a blurb of your event and event details.
All logged events will receive a certificate of thanks and a showbag of goodies after T2i month.
Transition to Independence Clips
Watch some of the excellent short films below for some stories and inspiration from young people, carers and professionals:
For more transitioning from care videos, visit the CREATE Foundation YouTube channel.
Lastly, G-Force have pulled together a range of resources for workers, carers and young people when it comes to transitioning. For a list of these resources click here.
For young people leaving care and needing some support contact Next Step After Care on 1800639878 (call or text).