Youturn value the support of local service clubs such as Rotary and Lions, youth groups such as Scouts, schools and alternative education as well as other non-profits and church groups across different faiths where our values and social goals align.
Foundations and other charities often share our social impact goals and by working together we can achieve so much more. Philanthropic gifts from Waves of Kindness and the Buderim-Thompson Foundation in 2021, are making it possible to respond to some big challenges in youth homelessness.
We welcome the collective impact of individuals and for this purpose have launched YouCrew.
YouCrew members are passionate about our causes and generously offer support in various ways – be it fundraising, in-kind material donations or giving time, talent and energy to further our work. If this sounds like you, please contact us.
Youturn’s Ambassadors help raise awareness and lead many community-based activities and events.
Supporting Youturn with their time and talent are local brothers, Tim and Sam Aitken of the band Sametime, who are committed to doing more and giving back to their local community. “We did our research and we loved that Youturn is a local grassroots charity who re focused on supporting young people on the Sunshine Coast. As artists and mussicians, we hope to help raise Youturn’s profile and the great work they are doing.”
Sametime have come up with an exciting initiative to support young people in need by staging a concert to help Youturn raise funds to establish tiny homes.
Charity Waves of Kindness and the Buderim Foundation are both supporting Youturn deliver our tiny homes transitional housing project by October 2021. Also, our progressive Noosa Council with a strong social agenda tackling homelessness and housing affordability issues are a key and valued partner from start to finish (pilot, review, refine and improve).
Thanks to our charitable partners who joined the many individuals giving to this project, we are piloting something new and innovative for our community, who find itself in the midst of a rental crisis. We can’t wait to update you as this project unfolds.
Youturn is part of the 6800 meals distributed to vulnerable persons weekly across the Sunshine Coast via our Ozharvest (food rescue) partnership. Fresh fruit, bread and frozen gourmet meals are delivered to Youturn by Ozharvest and we on-gift to people accessing our services and/or utilising our drop-in Tewantin kitchen and pantry.
OzHarvest Sunshine Coast is fully volunteer led and do an incredible job stopping good food going to waste and getting it to people in need. Not only do the team drop off food to charities like us to on-gift but they run “Cooking for a Cause” open for corporate groups to transform rescued ingredients into gourmet meals; education outreach in the community and in schools to teach everyone how to be food waste warriors.
The OzHarvest team also join Youturn in community events including Anti-Poverty and Homelessness Week(s) to raise awareness of our aligned causes helping people in need.
Youturn’s five headspace centres, Maroochydore, Gympie, Toowoomba, Caboolture and Bundaberg, all benefit from the input and ideas of Youth Engagement Committees (YEC).
Members are young people aged between 12 and 25 years, who feel passionate about supporting their local community and giving voice to youth needs and making headspace a fun youth-friendly space. These teams get involved in community events representing their local headspace, and help inform decisions at the centre from systems, forms, campaigns and best use of spaces.
If you are interested in becoming a YEC member please contact your local headspace centre – we welcome all interested young people.
Youturn are thrilled to partner with respected youth programs in our local communities, such as the Scouts.
Cooroy Cub Scouts reached out to Youturn recently to talk to their group about our youth support in the community, and this led them towards action and merit badges. The cub scouts helped us spread a little kindness by painting a rock with a kind message on it, distributed across the community on one of their adventure walks; and then the group organised a grocery drive and delivered the goods to Youturn for use in our homelessness service.
Building a strong sense of community in our future generations is enhanced by children helping children and learning the benefits of philanthropic giving.