Are you looking to change careers or seeking to return to work?
You’re invited to our career information nights in Wodonga, 9 October, and Wangaratta, 16 October.
Find out about working with our team to support young people who reside with us in Out of Home Care because they are unable to live with their families or in foster care.
Our manager of Continued Care, Annie Shirley, said the career information nights would be a great opportunity to find out more about the rewards of working with young people, what roles are available and what qualifications required.
“When I joined Junction 13 years ago it was because of the opportunity to work with young people in Out of Home Care,” Annie says.
“Our team is committed to supporting these young people to achieve their potential and to offering them a life that is full of hope and optimism.”
We’re proud to have started working towards being an accredited Rainbow Tick organisation and this week celebrated the start of our journey by holding a “Wear It Purple” Day.
The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
Wear it Purple Day is an international movement to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people and show LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are.
Our Wear It Purple event, which was organised by our Rainbow Tick Working Group, attracted the usual passion from our team.
We held an afternoon tea and presentation by our Rainbow Tick Working Group to share what we are doing as an organisation to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors feel safe and included.
The judging panel, made up of staff from non operational teams, gave the chocolates to Specialist Adolescent Services team, pictured below, for its “bad purple minions” theme and team effort.
Thanks to all of our team who never fail to surprise us with their passion and creativity.
Thank you Good Deed Garage for raising $5000 to support young parents and their infants in the Wodonga area.
The team at Good Deed Garage take tired old motorcycles, recondition the bikes and then raffle them to raise money for charity.
In the most recent Good Deed Garage raffle, a lovingly restored 1971 Honda CB350 raised $10,000. The funds will be split equally between our young parents programs and for Lilydale charity Holy Fools and used to support people experiencing homelessness.
Our Youth Services Manager Katharine Hodgens said it was the most significant donation from the community that our programs to support young parents had ever received.
“We’ll use the funds to support local families who are part of our supporting young parents program or living at our Young Mums Unit because they are experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” Katharine said.
“Our sincere thanks go to Good Deed Garage’s Cliff Overton and locals Mark Riddell, from MLR Custom Coachbuilder, and Dave Payne, from Status Customs.
“Thank you Good Deed Garage for supporting these young parents and their infants, this support will be life changing.”
We’re proud to be a sponsor at this year’s Red Carpet Youth awards, which recognise and acknowledge the contributions of young people and the difference they make in the community.
We encourage members of the community to nominate a 14- 24 year old who works, studies or lives in Wodonga.
With support from the City of Wodonga, the Red Carpet Youth Awards are organised and run by a committee of young people from three local high schools.
We’re sponsoring the Individual Community Service Award, which will recognise a young person who gives their time to benefit the community through:
– Commitment to volunteering
– Addressing a community issue or need
– Organising or being involved with a community group or activity that has improved people’s lives
– Making a positive contribution to a group or organisation that is community focussed
– Actively encouraging the participation if youth in the community
The other Red Carpet Award categories are:
• Individual Community Service Award
• Sport and Recreation Volunteer Award
• Endurance and Resilience Award
• Commitment to Continuous Learning and Development Award
• Music and Performing Arts Award
• Visual Arts and Media Award
• Youth Ambassador Award
• Young Carer Award
• Young Worker Award
• Advocacy and Action Award
Red Carpet Awards finalists will be recognised and winners announced at a gala dinner in Wodonga on Friday 2 August.
Are you passionate about supporting young people to achieve their full potential?
Could you support young people in Out of Home Care to make positive lifestyle choices and develop independent living skills?
An award-winning employer and not-for-profit organisation, we’ve been changing lives for 30 years! We’re seeking Residential Carers for permanent ongoing and casual positions in Wodonga and Wangaratta.
Residential Carers support young people living in Out of Home Care because they cannot live with their families or in foster or kinship care.
A Wodonga-based not-for-profit organisation, Junction provides Out of Home Care for 12-17 year olds at residential houses across north-east Victoria.
Residential Carers also support young people at the Wodonga Youth Refuge, which provides emergency accommodation for 16 to 17 year olds and helps them to get back on track and move home or learn the skills to live on their own and secure permanent accommodation.
Junction has ongoing recruitment for residential carers to join our continued Care team because:
Unfortunately the need for Out of Home Care for young people is growing
Residential carers often move onto other roles within Junction Support Services
Being a residential carer involves shift work
Residential care can be a challenging role because carers are working with young people who may have experienced trauma such as child abuse, neglect or violence and have complex needs.
Continued Care manager Annie Shirley, who joined Junction as a residential carer 13 years ago, says it’s one of the most rewarding and challenging roles within the organisation.
“Our carers work with some of the most high-risk, complex and vulnerable young people in our community,” she said.
Annie says it’s incredibly rewarding to support a young person to make positive choices in their lives and to achieve their potential.
Residential carers receive training and ongoing support and we match the skills and experience of successful applicants to the young people in our care.
Recent changes to legislation mean there are now many other qualifications, such as nursing that enable you to apply. To find out if you are eligible, please contact our Senior HR officer Ginny Krich on 02 6043 7442
We’re seeking expressions of interest from volunteers to be lead tenants in Wangaratta and Wodonga, living rent-free and providing day-to-day guidance and positive role modelling for young people.
Our lead tenants live in homes around north-east Victoria and do not pay utility bills.
The lead tenant works collaboratively with our staff in monitoring and responding to the wellbeing of young people.
Specialist Adolescent Services Manager Rachel Habgood said lead tenants were needed in Wangaratta and Wodonga to support young people leaving Out of Home Care and taking steps towards independent living.
“A good lead tenant is someone who can be a positive influence on a young person’s life and support them to improve their living skills,” she said.
“Lead Tenants receive training and support from our team at Junction Support Services.”
One of our Lead Tenants, Danny, said he decided to volunteer because wanted to support local young people in need.
“Being a Lead Tenant means I can provide advice and support to young people who have not had the same opportunities in life that I have,” he says.
“I get a strong sense of satisfaction and pride in being able to help the young people to build their living skills.”
Junction Support Services was proud to be part of the 10th Red Carpet Youth Awards. We co-sponsored the Youth Ambassador Award, which was given to an inspiring young woman who arrived in Wodonga as a refugee and is now a community leader.
Junction joined with Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC) to sponsor the Youth Ambassador Award, which was given to 17-year-old Atosho (Natasha) Birongo.
A Wodonga Senior Secondary College student, Atosha has represented Victoria as a Young Australian Ambassador for UNICEF, advocating for children and young people and is part of the Multicultural Youth Group Albury-Wodonga.
Atosha’s family fled war in their homeland of Democratic Republic of Congo, became refugees in Kenya and were resettled in Australia through a Humanitarian visa.
The manager of Junction’s Specialist Adolescent Services, Rachel Habgood, said Atosha is an incredibly inspiring young lady who is dedicated to serving the Wodonga community.
“Atosha blew the judging panel away with her passion and dedication to make a difference even in spite of her own life challenges,” Rachel said.
Atosha accepted the award in front of 200 people at The Cube on 3 August.
Run by the City of Wodonga, the Red Carpet Awards recognise and acknowledge the contributions of 14-24 year olds and the difference they make in the Wodonga community.
“It was wonderful to be part of a night that celebrates the incredible achievements of local young people,” Rachel said.
This year’s Red Carpet Awards had 31 finalists.
Other award winners across the categories were Jye McBurnie (Individual Community Service), Tayla Sjorgren (Endurance/ Persistence ), Bryce Tracey (Apprenticeship and Traineeship); Alexandra Michael (Young Carer); Gemma Thorneycroft (Sport and Recreation Volunteer); Tyler Conlan (Visual Arts and Media); Patrick Sibomana (Advocacy and Action) and Meg Newton (Music and Performing Arts).
All of us at Junction congratulate all the young people who were nominated for the Red Carpet Awards.
Thank you Business Edge accountants, which will donate proceeds from upcoming business seminars to help young people who are experiencing homelessness.
The donation coincides with Homelessness Week and will be used by the Youth Team at Junction Support Services to assist young people in need across north-east Victoria with crisis accommodation and other support.
An award winning not-for-profit organisation, Junction assisted more than 550 people of all ages who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness across north-east Victoria in 2016-17.
Business Edge’s Business Development officer Celeste (pictured with Zach from Junction) said the Albury-based accounting firm was proud to use its upcoming business seminars to support local young people in need.
“It’s sad to know there are young people in our community who do not have a safe place to sleep and we’re pleased to be able to join with Junction Support Services to help them,” she said.
Zach, a youth worker with Junction, visited Business Edge to talk about youth homelessness and said most people were vulnerable to homelessness.
“All it takes is one major life event such as a car accident, illness or a sick child and it becomes hard to pay the mortgage or rent. Homelessness can happen to any of us,” he said.
“On behalf of all of us at Junction and our young clients I thank Business Edge for helping some of the most vulnerable young people in our community.”
The first of Business Edge’s Track Your Business to Success seminar will be held on Thursday 9 August, 12pm-1.30pm and more seminars will be held in October. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go to Junction Support Services. To register, visit edgea.com.au/events
We were proud to attend Border Trust’s The Big Give event and
receive two grants, totalling $7,300, which will be used to support children and young women in need.
Border Trust handed out almost $200,000 through 26 grants for community projects, taking its overall tally over the past 13 years to $1.73m.
Junction Support Services received $5000 through the YWCA for a Healthy and Empowering Relationships Program (HER) to engage young women in wellbeing and outdoor activities.
We also received $2,300 through 2AY community grant to provide resources for children’s counselling and to improve a room for work. A small portion of the grant will be used for the Community Walk Against Family Violence that will be held late in the year.
All of us at Junction Support Services would like to thank Border Trust, YCWA Albury Wodonga, 1494 2AY and Ace Radio for supporting children and young women in need in the Wodonga community.
Tim said there was a significant need for positive relationship advice to be provided to some of the disadvantaged young women in the area. The HER Program will deliver workshops and activities to five young women aged between 15 and 18 years, focusing on relationships with peers, family, self and partners.
“One of our female counsellors and I will get the young women involved in outdoor activities like abseiling, mountain biking and archery, as well as workshops focused on self-development,” Tim said.
“In the middle of the five week program, the young women will take part in a ‘camp-in’ at a local venue where they’ll do things such as yoga and mindfulness, and be encouraged to consider their transition into womanhood and what it means to them be a woman.”
Over the past eight years YWCA has donated $117,614 to 23 projects through Border Trust.
Our Families and Children’s Specialist Services Manager Tahlia McCulloch said the second grant would be used to buy new resources to support children who are having counselling because they have experienced trauma such as family violence.
Each year we counsel more than 180 children who have experienced family violence and other trauma.
“Family violence affects children’s physical and mental wellbeing, development and schooling and it’s one of the leading causes of homelessness,” Tahlia said.
She said the grant would also be used to make an extra room that’s been made available at Junction Support Services more welcoming for children.
“Those new resources and a more welcoming space will help children to feel more at ease and give them the best chance of healing,” Tahlia said.