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Michael’s Turning 18

A tragic past doesn’t have to mean a tragic future.

Your support will give young adults the hands-on life-skills they need to be healthy, happy adults when they leave our care.

Michael’s Turning 18

A tragic past doesn’t have to mean a tragic future.

Your support will give young adults the hands-on life-skills they need to be healthy, happy adults when they leave our care.

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Michael learnt too many things the hard way. He learnt how to deal with the sadness of his dad dying. He learnt to be brave when his mum could no longer care for him and he was moved into residential care. This was all at such a young age.

Michael is now 17, but he still has so much to learn. Like how to pay his bills, how to shop for food and make his own meals, how to find further education or a job. In short, Michael needs to learn how to be independent as he moves out on his own.

Unlike most people his age, Michael does not have a choice. Due to government funding, he must leave his current home when he turns 18. That does not mean he is ready to make this difficult move to independence. Stress is common for anyone getting ready to move out of home. It is scary dealing with lenders, landlords, and other new experiences. Michael can’t turn to his parents for advice and support on these matters.

We created Way Out There to give teenagers like Michael fun and interactive experiences that help them to develop independent living skills. These skills will reduce the need for long-term welfare and give them the power to move out of care and be part of their wider community.

We know how important this is, with recent Australian research showing that within one year of leaving residential care, 50% of young people will be unemployed, in jail or homeless.

Our dedicated youth worker, Sue Seletto explains: “The aim of Way Out There is to support children like Michael with the things they may struggle to learn in a residential care setting. We cover topics like cooking, car maintenance, housing, budgeting, how to negotiate systems like Tafe and Centrelink, and managing anxiety and stress.”

“Michael will take part in a range of activities as part of the program, from visiting Bunnings and learning how to repair holes in plaster, to a session with the MacKillop fleet team, who show him basic car maintenance skills like changing a tyre.”

Give today and help make this transition into adulthood a little easier for Michael. You can provide the hands-on life-skills they need to be healthy, happy adults as they head out on their own.

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