Tough Times Bring Out the Best

Oct 19

Tough Times Bring Out the Best

The tough times of 2020 has brought out the best in many people. When normal trade for accommodation and restaurants stopped as a result of the COVID restrictions, many businesses were quick to direct their efforts to supporting people who were struggling.

Youturn is extremely grateful to Flashpackers, Royal Mail, Villa Noosa and Anchor Motel for providing shelter to people experiencing homelessness during the COVID lock down whilst demand and occupancy was down.  Similarly, the generosity of Good Shephard Lutheran College, OzHarvest and local restaurants including Noosa river’s The Boathouse, who all jumped into action and gifted Youturn a multitude of meals for vulnerable people in our programs.

In Toowoomba, St Stephen’s Church continued to support us during the height of restrictions, gifting practical needs to our Gateway House residents.

Darcy Foley, Youturn’s General Manager for Homelessness explains that the wrap around support cross-industry has been extremely powerful.  “We often talk about wrapping service–agency support around vulnerable persons in our sector, however when this extends further to include cross-industry, it’s really powerful.  When business owners, educators, church and community volunteers gift Youturn service users shelter and meals it not only meets a practical need but it shows we are a community that cares about each other – that’s huge when you are feeling alone and down on your luck,” Darce Foley said.

Gestures such as these, at just the right time, made a big difference to people’s lives in 2020.


Our organisation is a company limited by guarantee. We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), classified a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

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Youturn supports young and vulnerable people of all ages across Australia, committed to ensuring that they have access to secure and affordable housing, and enjoy optimal mental wellbeing.

Youturn would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive

Youturn is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. Youturn welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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