Make Christmas special for our youth
THE manager of a youth accommodation centre is appealing for donations to make Christmas special for the young people who will be without family this festive season.
Daniel Memmott from Carinity Youth - On Track in Yeppoon said they always organised lots of Christmas parties and fun outings so children didn't feel isolated.
But the centre relies heavily on donations and Mr Memmott said they were appealing for gift vouchers for youth specific shops in particular, so that staff can buy presents for the residents.
"Some of our kids can go to family members at Christmas, but it's always very tough for those who are left behind because it can be such an emotional and nostalgic time of year," Mr Memmott said.
"On Track has a really friendly homely atmosphere though and we go 'all out' for Christmas Day with decorations, presents, a big dinner and trip to the beach".
Carinity Youth - On Track provides medium term accommodation for young people who may have experienced abuse and neglect.
The centre caters for up to six young people aged 12 to 17 years in a safe and nurturing environment, with a qualified counsellor and youth workers on hand for support.