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New start for young adults leaving care

27 June 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today celebrated the official opening of new accommodation in Sydney's south for young people leaving care.

"Taking that next step towards adulthood and independence is a big one for any young person turning 18," Mr Constance said.

"And for children who have been in care, they are not always able to draw on supports like family at this time, making them particularly vulnerable. This is where Inspire@84 comes in."

Inspire@84 in Mortdale is an eight bed villa complex which has been specifically designed to provide transitional accommodation for young people, many of whom come from a traumatic background and would benefit from living in a supported environment for a period of time.

The complex is managed by Quality Health Care and funded through the NSW Government's Stronger Together plan according to a person-centred planning approach.

"Prior to the introduction of this type of service, when a young person reached the age of 18, often their care arrangements suddenly ceased and they were left to fend for themselves," said Brendan Collins, Chief Executive of Quality Health Care.

"It puts these young people, many of whom have experienced significant trauma in their lives, at significant risk."

"Inspire@84 aims to provide a bridge to independence by supporting residents to develop the skills they need to live fulfilling and happy lives."

Each resident has their own Personal Development Coach and access to a psychologist onsite. Experienced staff are also on hand to help residents learn life skills, such as how to apply for jobs and forming healthy friendships and relationships.

The villa complex has a young, vibrant atmosphere and each resident is also able to add their own personal touches to their apartments to create a space which reflects their personality and a feeling of home.

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