June 4 2015

NEXT STEP LAUNCH

After years of hard work, and pressure from young people leaving care, Next Step After Care services has finally arrived.

This is a service for young people, by young people. Many different organisations worked together to make it happen, but ultimately, it was the input from young people that has made Next Step into such a success. Consistent and reliable after care services has been a crucial need for many years, so all groups involved were determined to pull together and make Next Step happen, no matter what!

The group effort put into Next Step After Care was easy to see at the launch event held at Beenleigh PCYC on 23rd April 2015. The Minister for Child Safety, Shannon Fentiman, officially launched Next Step and our 19-year old MC Jake Shields did a cracking job of running the show.

During the launch we heard from Aunty Robyn Williams, followed by Darcie Jackson who has been an advocate for after care services for over eight years. Sharna Norman shared her story about leaving care, and MC Jake Shields made us laugh with a couple of funny stories about his transition to independence. And it was all topped off with a performance by Razor (Terry O’Neill), which was a real highlight. Don’t forget us when you get to the top, Terry!

A big congratulations to all involved in the process and launch. Now, the next step is your step!

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