Horizon House wins award for helping most vulnerable

Christine Beezley with her newborn son Braydon Rodgers.
Christine Beezley with her newborn son Braydon Rodgers.

The facility is made up of two homes that provide accommodation and support services to up to eight pregnant women and new mums aged 16-22 years old.

Group Manager for Youth Mike Board said Horizon House had supported some of the state’s most vulnerable for 10 years, with the homes in Dianella the first to offer specific support during pregnancy and after childbirth.

‘Horizon House Dianella welcomed its first resident in May 2012 and 10 babies have been born to mums living in the house since,’ he said.

‘What sets Horizon House apart from most youth homelessness services is that we provide long-term accommodation.

‘In addition to a safe place to live, our residents are supported in their education, training and employment.

‘We also help develop life skills so our residents are better equipped to live independently when they move on.’

Mr Board said it was unfortunate Horizon House couldn’t keep up with community demand.

‘Around 40 per cent of the homeless population in WA is under the age of 25,’ he said.

‘There are several other services offering support to young people who are homeless and the need for those services is certainly not subsiding.

‘Hopefully through this award we can raise awareness of the issues around youth homelessness and build more support to help meet the needs of more people who need our services in the community.’

Christine Beezley received support from Horizon House Dianella in her most vulnerable time, giving birth to her son Braydon Rodgers at the facility a few weeks ago.

‘The support network including the carers, the midwives and parent education has really helped me get ready for being a mum,’ she said.

‘I really don’t know where I would be without Horizon House and I am so thankful for the support.

‘Now Braydon is here I am very relieved and comforted knowing that he is being brought up in a safe environment and I am really grateful for that.’

Mr Board said he was proud Horizon House Dianella received the award and was grateful to the caregivers, volunteers and other organisations helping make the facility a reality.