How the 2016 fundraising efforts made a difference

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Last year, our fundraisers played a huge role in helping build resilience in young people to deal with mental health issues. We cannot thank them enough.

The money they raised contributed to a camp for young people living in the Richmond and Collingwood housing estates, and provided vital training for one of our youth services program directors.

Youth mental health first aid training

Jeanette Horsley, Director of YMCA Southern Peninsula Youth Services, is an industry expert who enables young people to get the most out of their lives. Working for the YMCA for six years in this role, Jeanette helps over 100 young people every year.

These YMCA programs provide opportunities for young people to build resilience skills, learn strategies for making appropriate resourceful choices and assist them to uncover insights into their authentic self, helping prepare them for the challenges they may face as adults.

The funds raised in 2016 provided Jeanette the opportunity to complete a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course.

YMHFA is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults who interact with adolescents and can equip staff to respond, refer and provide ongoing support if needed.

Thanks to the amazing efforts of our fundraisers, Jeanette became an accredited YMHFA facilitator, and now she will providing training sessions across the YMCA to staff working with vulnerable young people.

Project Y’s camp

In January 2017, 15 young people from a YMCA program called Project Y embarked on a three day camp. Project Y engages with young people who live on the Richmond and Collingwood Housing Estates.  Many of the young people who live in this public housing come from low-socio economic backgrounds, are newly arrived refugees and migrants and may be exposed to family violence, alcohol and drug related issues, and mental illness.

This camp offered a break from what can often be a difficult time at home. The young people on camp were encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, meet new people and have fun in a new, safe environment.

There were smiles all round while these young people developed new friendships and shone as leaders.

Thank you to those who fundraised last year to make these things happen.

Interested in joining us again this year? See where this year’s funds will go!

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