Expressions of Interest

Youth Accommodation Services

By April 14, 2020No Comments

Mara House and Colville Place offer emergency, short-term and transitional accommodation to young people experiencing homelessness or struggling to access somewhere safe to stay. Both sites operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a minimum of one staff member on site at all times.

Mara House

Mara House provides supervised immediate emergency and transitional accommodation services to young women aged 13–18 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Mara House provides a range of supports to assist young women to obtain safe, secure and affordable housing outcomes, to assist in building capacity, self-resilience and independent living skills. There is a strong focus on supporting the re-establishment of relationships with family, where appropriate and safe to do so, whilst also linking them in with other services that can continue to support them after they leave Mara House.

Colville Place

Colville Place provides short-term accommodation for young people aged between 12 and 15 years who may not have a safe place to stay. Colville Place promotes healthy relationships, supports young people to engage with education and to develop living skills, emotional resilience, interpersonal skills and to reconnect with family, where appropriate. Colville Place seeks to provide a supportive, inclusive and safe space for young people to access when needed.

About these roles

  • Both programs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Roles operate on rotating shift rosters consisting of day, afternoon and sleepover shifts
  • Staff are responsible for promoting a nurturing and trusting environment; providing essential skills, knowledge and support to assist young people to build their independent living and life skills
  • Staff are accountable for the safety of the young people staying with us and play a critical role in liaising with relevant services, familyand other support networks
  • Staff are required to maintain a full Tasmanian Driver’s Licence and First Aid certification
  • Applicants should have some knowledge of and/or experience in:
      • Trauma-informed practice, crisis support frameworks and the barriers facing young people in securing safe, sustainable and ongoing accommodation
      • Working with and advocating for young people in a residential setting
      • Working with young people in conducting strengths-based, goal-oriented assessments
      • Collaborate with other youth services and organisations providing support in the fields of mental health, housing, education, employment and other essential life skills
  • Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor Degree, Diploma or Certificate IV in at least one of the following:
      • Social Work
      • Community services
      • Psychology
      • Counselling
      • Mental health
      • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Staff are also required to hold, or acquire, certification in a range of relevant youth and mental health training such as Youth Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Assist.

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