Our national partnerships with like-minded organisations, individuals and community groups allow us to provide the people we work with a greater level of specialised support. We are grateful to receive financial and in-kind donations, the sharing of time and expertise and advocacy for our services in the community. This financial year saw the implementation of a structured corporate volunteering program which has been hugely successful and is continuing to gain momentum. Projects included painting a wall mural at Studio West, Christmas Hamper packing at Trace-A-Place and gardening projects at HYPA Homes.
We are so grateful to the community around us who expand the reach and impact of our work. Thank you to all who donated time, money, energy and ideas to us this year.
The entrance to Studio West has been brought to life with a colourful wall mural, painted by Telstra Employees and students, as part of SYC’s Corporate Volunteering Program.
Students from the alternative learning program worked with Telstra to design the image and colour scheme, incorporating the theme of growth and transformation, reflecting the journey of many young students.
Thanks to the generous support of Jaymel Airconditioning and EY, six HYPA Housing apartments have had reverse cycle air-conditioning installed. Our young tenants couldn’t be happier with the results!
Generous donations of time allow us to provide greater support and increased contact time for people in our programs. Young people often report how surprised and valued they feel when they know someone has decided to spend time working with them voluntarily.
Our Youth Leadership Team is a group of young volunteers, many of whom are past clients, who give their time to help improve programs or run additional activities for clients.
We work to make sure that a volunteer’s time with us is also beneficial to them, in building their skills or experiences for the future. We also offer a few placement opportunities each year for students completing tertiary study.
active volunteers during 2018/19
placement hours from 4 university students
For NAIDOC Week, Trace-A-Place held a cleansing Smoke Ceremony and a welcoming of Kaurna culture. Senior Kaurna man, Uncle Michael O’Brien, led the occasion for us. This was an important opportunity for many young people who use the space to have their culture recognised and celebrated. Some groups also took part in weaving and art projects connected to Dreamtime stories.
A group of around 15 young people joined in the event at Trace-A-Place and shared a meal together enthusiastically. Conversations with these young people, staff, and visitors allowed us to increase our understanding of the value of cultural connections to all of our work at Trace-A-Place.
One young woman in our midst displayed her bravery during the event, as she read Kaurna dreaming story, Kondili’s fire, aloud:
2018 Christmas Appeal
In the lead up to the 2018 Christmas Appeal many of our young Trace-A-Place clients moved into stable housing and needed essential items for their new home. We incorporated this into our Christmas Appeal ask and as a result our generous supporters donated an array of housing supplies, food, clothing and treats that filled over 100 hampers for young people. Overall the appeal was a big success raising over $26,000 through cash and in-kind support.
present hampers for young people
Our 60th Birthday
We celebrated our 60th Anniversary of operations on September 9th 2018, with all sites holding local celebrations. Throughout 2018 we shared 60 stories for 60 years.