Supported Independent Living
Helping young people transition to independence
Our Supported Independent Living Service is focused on assisting young people currently in out-of-home care to transition to independence.
Young people are provided with support to develop the skills and community networks they will need to live independently once they leave care or turn 18.
We provide assistance and advice on issues like getting financial or study help, maintaining bank accounts, payment for a course of study/apprenticeship/traineeship, or getting a drivers licence. Young people are also assisted in developing life skills and attending courses, such as life skills workshops, cooking or budgeting. They can also access counselling and support services. We also help them develop the skills to safely and positively reconnect with their family.
In this program, the young person lives in shared accommodation in the community, usually with one or two others, and contributes towards their rent and other living expenses. It is available to those aged between 15 and 17 years of age and is funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
Our Supported Independent Living Service offers:
• Supported independent living residential accommodation for 15-17 year olds within the community
• Fully-furnished accommodation
• Two-bedroom units (in most cases)
• Individualised support and mentoring – varying from 5 to 25 hours per week
• Access to support from a Lead Tenant (dependent on location)
• Tenancy management by CofCC Housing Services (Ipswich and Logan)
• Access to other Churches of Christ services such as Housing services, Social Enterprise, CYCLE Education Program and Volunteer services
• Care planning meetings with the Department every 4 to 6 weeks
• Partially subsidised rent with the young person contributing a portion of their income.
How young people benefit:
Our service gives young people physical, emotional and social support whilst they learn new life skills. In addition to providing a safe, secure and comfortable home environment, we help young people with:
• Budgeting and financial management
• Maintaining a healthy home
• Job-seeking skills
• Planning and preparing nutritional meals
• Accessing support services
• Developing health and safe personal and community networks
• Accessing education, training and employment opportunities
• Finding further accommodation, when appropriate
• Life diary work.