Joondalup: Youth Futures’ NEST program gets funding boost


Youth support and development worker Jemma Gardiner, Youth Futures chief executive Mark Waite, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.
Youth support and development worker Jemma Gardiner, Youth Futures chief executive Mark Waite, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.

A YOUTH Futures program helping struggling young mums has received a $20,000 State Government grant.

The NEST project helps teenage parents who are homeless or are living in unsuitable conditions and are at risk of their child coming into the care of the State.

“Young mothers may experience mental health issues, financial hardship, unstable and inadequate housing and rely on public transport, which all can be barriers to accessing the support services they need,” Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said.

“Youth Futures’ NEST program provides an invaluable accommodation and outreach service to teenage mothers and their children with safe and secure single-dwelling accommodation for up to 18 months.

“During this time, the young mothers are also provided with help to address their underlying issues, develop their parenting skills and plan for a secure and brighter future.”

The one-off grant, under the Local Projects, Local Jobs program, will also be used to provide items including furniture, nappies, baby food and clothing.

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