YOUTH homelessness matters.
This was the key message from Clarence City Council’s Youth Network Advisory Group (YNAG) and the Warrane/Mornington Neighbourhood Centre’s members who presented 50 bags containing essential items to Loui’s Van last month.
The presentation event marked Youth Homelessness Matters Day, an initiative that encourages Australians to recognise the challenges young people face when unable to find stable housing, and their resilience when faced with difficult life circumstances.
Funded by the Clarence City Council, the bags included essential hygiene items that have been collected and organised by members of the community and the Warrane/Mornington Neighbourhood Centre.
The bags will be distributed by Loui’s Van – an after-hours mobile service providing food, information and support to those in need – in Clarence and surrounding areas.
“Council was very pleased to support the project to show that youth homelessness matters in the City of Clarence,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.
YNAG member Layne Pepper said the handover of the bags was an important step in recognising youth homelessness in Clarence and showing support to young people in need.
“Homelessness is an issue that needs to be dealt with, because this is a problem that can affect anyone around us, be they a friend, family member or stranger,” she said.
“YNAG cares about the issue of youth homelessness and wants to contribute to the prevention of all types of homelessness, particularly secondary, which we found to be a key issue in the Clarence area.
“Raising awareness about homelessness and improving the resources young people have access to in Clarence is one of YNAG’s major goals.
“At the moment, we are gathering information and resources as part of our research into the state of homelessness here in Clarence.”
Once YNAG has completed its research it will present the findings to the Clarence City Council for consideration.
YNAG is Clarence City Council’s youth consultative body.
Formed more than 15 years ago, the group works with Council to advise on youth-related matters, advocate for services and support for youth and support community events.
The Warrane/Mornington Neighbourhood Centre has been in operation for 28 years in Clarence.
The centre works to improve social connectedness, break down isolation and provide opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural, recreational and social pursuits in a supportive and friendly environment.
Caption: Members of the council’s Youth Network Advisory Group with Mayor Doug Chipman and representatives of Loui’s Van.