YOUTH BLOOM Transition Services

YOUTH BLOOM Transition Services

YOUTH BLOOM Transition Services is designed to help young people in care and beyond to learn to be independent in a healthy, fun and safe way.

This support program is available for young people, aged between 15 and 21 who live at the Gold Coast or in Logan, to ensure they get support through the early stages of adulthood. 

This program aims to provide support as early as possible and avoid negative environmental and personal influences on young people leaving care once they turn 18.

Supports are ideal for those with common needs such as absence of formal support, underdeveloped skills, lack of community engagement, right through to more complex needs including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety, alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, intellectual impairment and physical disability.

 

Eligibility: 

  • 15 – 21 years of age 
  • Living in or have lived in ‘out- of- home’ care under the guardianship of the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs
  • Have a disability, mental health support needs or other reasons that make leaving care or being on their own difficult. 

Services:

  • Help identify strengths and skills
  • Work through goals and skills required to reach them
  • Work alongside decision makers
  • Support navigating social housing options
  • Assistance with Centrelink
  • Navigate education options
  • Assist with applications such as Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Youth Housing and Reintegration Services (YHARS), Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)
  • Develop daily living skills such as cooking, transport, budgeting, social skills, communication skills
  • Increase community linkages to reduce social isolation
  • Maintain support into early years of adulthood: work, friendship groups, housing and emotional regulation through expressive therapies such as Symbol work and Sandplay therapy.

Other areas we can assist with:  

  • Court attendance and access to legal support
  • Mental health and wellbeing issues
  • Referral to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services
  • Anger management/stress management
  • Education and traineeship
  • Group activities
  • Individual art and craft activities
  • Physical activities/hiking/swimming/camping
  • Free items such as electronics, furniture, clothing and sport equipment through the GIVIT charity organisation.

Cost:

This program is government funded.  There is no out of pocket expenses to the young person or family.

What to expect 

Our Transitions Officers have specialised skills to understand a young persons’ needs and guide them into healthy, stable, and independent lives.  Our Team work directly with the young person, as the driver of their journey, and walk alongside them in a compassionate, supportive, and mentoring role. 

 

 

 

Referral: 

You can enquire by calling 1300 673 664 or emailing referrals@openminds.org.au 

Contact Us

Send an enquiry through the form to the right and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

Or call us on today on 1300 673 664