United Synergies has announced today that they will begin operating under their new name Youturn Youth Support.
Addressing the community at a launch event on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 at their offices in Tewantin, CEO, Andrew Anderson said “Our humble beginnings as a not-for-profit organisation, supported just six homelessness youth back in 1989, and since then our organisation has grown and evolved to now annually supports over 6,000 people with services covering Child Safety, Homelessness, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention .”
“We’ve come a long way in the last 30 years, and after considerable engagement with the youth that we support, our workers and other important stakeholders, this new brand accommodates our breadth of expertise and truly represents our current value proposition and vision. Youturn is a distinctive, energetic, and directional word will provide us with a platform to create really obvious and easy connections with those in our community, knowing exactly who we are and what we are about,” continued Anderson.
“This week we recognise National Homelessness week (2 – 8 August). At a local level our organisation started by providing homelessness services, so launching our new name during this week is fitting and reaffirms our commitment to homelessness alongside our other focus areas.”
Youturn announced three significant initiatives that reinforce the organisation’s commitment to the homelessness sector for years to come.
- Youturn is Partnering,
- Youturn is Investing and
- Youturn is Strengthening communities.
Andrew Anderson expanded on this: “Partnering with Noosa Council and reaffirming our strong relationship with them, I am pleased to share that over the next few months we will commence a $60,000 upgrade of Youturn’s laundry, shower and toilet facilities for those in need in our local community. This initiative is part of the State Government Unite and Recover Stimulus Package, and Youturn is extremely grateful with the recent announcement by Noosa Council to invest in this much needed upgrade.”
“We also believe in walking the talk, so this week Youturn is pleased to announce that we will make a significant capital investment of $400,000 to establish new affordable housing for young people in Toowoomba. This investment will provide much needed transitional accommodation, for youth who have transited from homelessness, into our crisis and emergency accommodation. Having greater access to supported transitional arrangements provides a vital link for young people before they take their next step to independent living,” continued Anderson.
“Finally, as part of our commitment to strengthen our communities, we are launching our ‘” Big Hearts for Tiny Homes” campaign to provide access to transitional housing for young people we support on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa Council is working with us to locate the homes close to our Tewantin Service Centre and we are reaching out to our community to help us raise funds to purchase tiny homes. Our target is to have the funds needed to purchase one tiny home by Christmas. The complete set up of a tiny home can cost around $100,000 and are looking for local business and individuals who are willing to donate and help our youth who have fallen on challenging times. If you would like more information, please reach out to us through this new website or call 5442 4277.