In 2015, the Federal Government announced a one-off boost to the Refugee and Humanitarian program to assist 12,000 people displaced by conflicts in Iraq and Syria. By April 2017, 6,466 refugees and humanitarian entrants settled in Fairfield LGA with 41.6% under 24 years old.
Attracting up to 100 young people aged 14-24 each week in Fairfield, Headstart offers homework assistance, Job Club, and psychological support activities including exercise, art and mental health literacy.
Trained counsellors, coaches, artists and volunteers help young people navigate the impact of trauma including – problems with emotional regulation, anger and irritability, issues with concentration and memory, depression, anxiety, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, insomnia and various psychosomatic issues such as headaches.
With a positive supportive network and access to affordable, local activities Headstart will reduce social isolation and exposure to organised crime for these young people.
Receiving help with homework, information on work experience opportunities, collaborative TAFE sessions, practical assistance with job search and preparation for interviews, opportunities for physical activity and art projects, education on mental health strategies, these young people will gain access to skills for overall wellbeing and success for their new life in Australia.
A Gift of just…
$100 transports five volunteers to the centre each week
$800 gives a young person access to a computer
$1000 gives young people access to a highly trained youth worker for support and mentoring
Project Funding Goal = $33,000