To meet expanding support needs, Youturn will be upgrading our laundry and shower amenities at Tewantin with the generous backing of Noosa Council and Queensland Government funding, under their Unite and Recover plans.
When many services were unable to provide support, and park / beach showers closed at the peak of COVID, Youturn stepped up to remain on the frontline and provided extra sanitised cleaning to ensure our amenities were safe for all users. Looking to the future, Youturn are preparing for another wave of higher support needs on our frontline services.
Youturn’s General Manager – Community & Partnerships, Tanya Bell explains that Youturn is gaining valuable insight from service users and other stakeholders, to understand what may be needed in 2021 for vulnerable persons and ensuring that Youturn is in a position to respond. “We’re all aware that the social needs of our community are forecast to rise in 2021 as the economy slowly recovers from COVID and Youturn want to be on the front foot… our service users are a direct source of information on actual needs and trends. We’re hearing some stories of hopelessness as migration from fed-up southerners to Queensland are pushing our service users out of jobs, rentals (at premium prices) and into poverty”, Tanya Bell said.
Vulnerable persons are hardest hit in a crisis with fewer connections and resources to navigate a way out, and this is where Youturn aim to meet the need working with our stakeholders. From workshops in tenancy skills to infrastructure upgrades, social connection activities and cooperative cross-industry responses – these are some of the 2021 plans in the pipeline for Youturn.