Our
Story

The story of our humble beginnings is an interesting one. It epitomises community spirit and how an unassuming grass roots approach was the answer to a need in our local coastal community of Noosa.

 

THE EARLY BEGINNINGS – NOOSA ACCOMMODATION PROJECT 1989 TO 1993

The origins of United Synergies dates back to 1989 when assistance to young homeless people was provided under a project known as the Noosa Accommodation Project (NAP).

With community support from dedicated and determined campaigners such as local identity Mike St John (pictured), the Noosa Accommodation Project was incorporated in 1991 and received its first official funding in May 1992 to provide supported accommodation for young people aged 16-21 years.

NOOSA YOUTH SERVICE – 1993 TO 2005

In August 1993 the Noosa Accommodation Project name was changed to Noosa Youth Service Inc. to reflect the broadening of services to include: accommodation, employment, training and education support.

UNITED SYNERGIES 2005 TO 2020

As our organisation grew and continued to expand to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our community, our services branched and diversified into other focus areas such as Child Safety and Mental Health. The time had come to search for a name that would encompass and represent all that we had become. Through a process of workshops with staff and clients, the name United Synergies Ltd was conceived.

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, The Hon Di Farmer MP attended a festive long table lunch and afternoon of celebration at the United Synergies Tewantin office on Thursday 12 December 2019 to honour our organisation’s 30-year birthday and contribution to child, youth and homelessness services in the local community.

YOUTURN YOUTH SUPPORT – 2020

We are very proud of our heritage and the support we have provided to our local communities across Queensland, however our true focus has always been our youth and after 30 years, we felt we needed a name that reflected this. Following extensive consultation with our internal teams, our stakeholders, our youth and the larger Sunshine Coast community, our new name Youturn Youth Support was proudly launched in July 2020.

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.

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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