The Foundry Opening Event
12 Nov 2021
On Tuesday the 9th of November we officially launched The Foundry - our purpose-built hub for young people in the heart of Adelaide. Guests were invited to take part in a traditional Kaurna cleansing ceremony conducted by Jack Buckskin. In attendance was the Minister for Skills and Innovation, The Honourable David Pisoni MP who opened the space on behalf of The Honourable Premier Steven Marshall MP.
Last year we purchased a new site on Carrington Street as an empty shell and spent the following 12 months transforming it into a welcoming space for young people to connect with our services and programs.
We have created a space where young people can discover their passion, increase their wellbeing, forge community connections, and ultimatley explore pathways into education and learning.
The elements from the colours and textures in meeting rooms to the use of natural light and plants – were inspired by the experiences, ideas and needs of young people who have accessed SYC’s youth spaces.Mark Hoffman-Davis, SYC CEO
For 40 years our Adelaide CBD based youth service, Trace-A-Place provided a safe place for young people to access immediate assistance and provided long term support to access stable accommodation, develop meaningful relationships and ultimately sustain a positive transition to adulthood and independent living. This legacy lives on at The Foundry, along with access to NDIS, Training and Employment support.
As we begin this exciting new chapter for our youth services, we thank all those who helped along the way. In particular, we thank our community and corporate partners for their support. Thank you also to Inca Constructions and Architects Ink for bringing our vision for The Foundry to life and for working collaboratively with our staff and the young people you consulted on this project. We also thank the local artists, Jasmine Crisp, Thomas Readett and Elizabeth Close for their incredible artwork and ongoing involvement in the space.
Finally, we thank our dedicated and passionate Community Services team for whom The Foundry is a new home and place to connect with the young people we work with.