L-R Martin Schlick (YHARS), Andrew Parnell (Good Guys), Kaysie Steger (client), Tammie Muston (CTC) and Jenny Smith (CTC) in the area soon to be converted into a Youth Space for young clients. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Martin Schlick (YHARS), Andrew Parnell (Good Guys), Kaysie Steger (client), Tammie Muston (CTC) and Jenny Smith (CTC) in the area soon to be converted into a Youth Space for young clients. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Youngsters find their space to help turn their lives around

AFTER couch surfing, and not knowing where to go or who to turn to, Kaysie Steger has turned her life around in a matter of months.

Thanks to the help of Capricornia Training Company, the 16-year-old is now looking forward to a bright future with plans to own a bar or restaurant and even become a nurse.

"I was going through a rough patch with my family, I was living between my mates' place and my parents," Kaysie said.

Teachers at her school noticed she was having trouble and wasn't herself, and told her to find help at CTC.

"It's been amazing, I wouldn't be where I am without them. I went from couch surfing and not having anywhere to go, to living in a shelter and finding a place of my own," Kaysie said. "My case worker Tammy is amazing, she helps me look for places, and she's someone I can talk to."

Kaysie is one of many Rockhampton young people seeking help, which is why CTC has begun working towards acquiring a much-needed facility for them - a Rocky Youth Space.

For more than 10 years CTC has been supporting vulnerable young people who experience significant issues.

Transitions manager Jenny Smith said the space would be a place where young people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or who found themselves at risk of harm, could turn to for a listening ear. In the last financial year the company had helped 80 to 120 clients.

"Rocky Youth Space will enable marginalised young people to connect with workers and services that can support them to link back to their families and/or their broader community," Jenny said.

"Local business operators such as Andrew Parnell from The Good Guys are contributing essential items so Rocky Youth Space becomes a place that young people will feel comfortable to visit and chat with each other and workers about their particular situation - somewhere that they can safely reach out and not be judged, just listened to and helped."

HOW TO CONTACT

WHERE: Capricornia Training Centre, 38 Armstrong Street, North Rockhampton 4701

CONTACT: 4922 2008



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