Deception Bay, yourtown

About the Placement

yourtown is a national organisation and registered charity that aims to tackle the issues affecting the lives of young people. Established in 1961, yourtown's mission is 'to enable young people, especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life'. yourtown provides a range of face-to-face and virtual services to children, young people and families seeking support.

This placement will be located at the yourtown Child, Youth and Family Centre at Deception Bay where yourtown offers services to the Moreton Bay region that support and develop skills with children, young people and families, increase wellbeing and help people connect with the community. The range of services includes:

  • Glugor Young Parents Program for parents/carers aged up to 25 years with children aged 0-5 years, residing in Deception Bay and surrounds. An expressive therapies component is also available for children who have experienced trauma.
  • Family Mental Health (Starfish) Program for vulnerable families with children and young people (aged 0-18 years) who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing, mental health issues.

Both Glugor and Starfish programs are community based early intervention and prevention responses. They provide safe and accessible responses for children, young people and families to assist them with practical and support issues that may be impacting on their lives. Families access the supports they need for safe and positive family functioning. We work to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of children, young people, parents and carers, and enhance their confidence in engaging with the local community. Expressive Therapy interventions for young children and infants who have experienced trauma and abuse or been exposed to violence.

yourtown is the Facilitating Partner for Deception Bay Communities for Children services. We work in consultation with the Deception Bay CfC Committee and key stakeholders on a whole of community approach to support and strengthen local service networks that contribute to enhancing early childhood development and wellbeing for children up to 12 years of age. Communities for Children services aim to give children the best start in life by using prevention and early intervention approaches that work towards:

  • improved health and wellbeing of families and
  • the development of young children from before
  • birth through to 12 years of age
  • creating strong, child friendly communities that
  • understand the importance of children and apply
  • this capacity to maximise the health, wellbeing
  • and early development of young children.

The role of Lasallian Volunteer

As a Lasallian Volunteer you will have the opportunity to support both the children and families engaged in Glugor Young Parents Program and community activities as part of the Deception Bay Communities for Children Program.

Responsibilities of the LV role include:

  • Lasallian Volunteers at yourtown work alongside qualified staff in positions such Child & Family Workers; Child Development Workers and Community Development workers to support young people and community members participating in yourtown's programs.
  • Supporting the delivery of group child development activities with small children; parent-child interactive activities; and workshops with young parents
  • Preparing resources and setting up of rooms for child development activities with small children; parent-child interactive activities; and workshops with young parents
  • Attending and assisting with the delivery of community engagement BBQ with community at Caravan Park
  • Attending community events and assisting with activities delivered at community events
  • Building relationships with and being a positive youth role model for young parents in the Glugor Program
  • Participating in the delivery of engagement activities with young parents, or community groups
  • Participating in outreach visits with families engaged in the Glugor Young Parent Program
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