Meet the British ex-pat helping Rockhampton's vulnerable youth
A CHANGE of heart led this British ex-pat to a life of helping Rockhampton's most vulnerable youths.
Clare enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work at CQUniversity Rockhampton after almost two decades of working in hospitality as she desired a new direction in her life.
This then inspired Clare to volunteer as a mentor with the police-run Project Booyah, which helps youth make better life choices to reconnect with society.
Project Booyah incorporates a wide variety of principles and training to support young people and their families to build careers and vocational pathways.
Through her dedication to volunteering, Clare has now gained full-time employment as a youth support officer within the project.
She is still able to continue her degree studies on a part-time basis and is looking forward to incorporating Project Booyah initiatives into her study projects and assignments.
"I've recently been attending the Project Booyah State Conference at the Police Academy in Brisbane; it's a wonderful learning experience,” Clare said.
"I've been involved in conducting assessment interviews with referrals we have received from local schools and then, after an information evening and selection process, we start with the new participants in mid-February.”
Clare's initial volunteer role focused on helping the Booyah participants with their CQUni TAFE Hospitality studies, whereas the full-time position has a broader focus on case management, youth support and assessment.
Project Booyah has its headquarters in the CQUniversity's Rockhampton City Campus and operates under the umbrella of the Police Citizens Youth Club.
The project is also represented at the Regional Youth Interagency Network meetings, which are hosted at the Rockhampton North campus once a month.