Terence is so inspired by his experience with Trace A Place as a young person that he is undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science to support the mental health of young people experiencing homelessness.

Terence was forced into homelessness as a young teenager and spent much of the following years moving between the streets, youth homelessness shelters and in and out of youth justice centres. He was addicted to drugs and turned to crime to support his habit.

He was a regular visitor to Trace A Place during this time and found it a safe place where he could come and relax, have a meal and connect with support as required.

“I would come in and see Di on the desk and she would always have a chat with me, it was a great support to me during this time. I could get a meal, a bed if I needed and I never felt judged when I went to TAP.”

It wasn’t until Terence was sent to rehab by the courts that he decided that this was not how he wanted to spend the rest of his life. It was at this time he decided he wanted to educate himself and find a better life.

“I only had a year six education, but I knew that education would be my way of getting ahead in life,” Terence said.

“I undertook a Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention, a Certificate II in Hospitality and I found my feet. I was in case management with HYPA and my case workers Sarah and Maluka were with me every step of the way and helped me with my studies and supported my mental health.”

Today Terence is attending university and half way through a Bachelor of Psychological Science and loving it. He is renting his own property and left the life of drugs and crime behind him. Terence hopes to return to work at HYPA in the future and help young people find a better life by sharing his personal story.