The best of care for young people in our crisis accommodation project in Melbourne's CBD
March 2019 VIC
When our newest project in Melbourne, the crisis accommodation centre for Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services, opens in May, the 18 young people at a time who live there will be receiving the best therapeutic care. Simone Bursey, Clinical and Therapeutic Services Manager, Frontyard Services, will play a key role.
Simone said her primary role will be develop and enhance the Frontyard support programs for the young people.
“Some of the highlights include engaging with the young people on a day-to-day basis and working creatively with our fantastic teams – they have amazing skills and experience which I learn from every day.
"Frontyard offers an incredible support model that provides young people with the tools and support to recover from conflict and trauma. The success stories that we see from the most complex cases are a testament to the services offered.”
Frontyard is the first service provider in Australia to integrate crisis accommodation with connected support services to address the immediate needs of young people, more specifically those with complex needs.
Simone said that what makes Frontyard’s model unique is that it understands that young people will be in varying states and places in their homelessness journey, so will require a diverse offering to find out what works for them as individuals.
"Frontyard not only provides support on a practical trauma-informed level but also through its therapeutic care, which includes two sensory rooms, animal-assisted therapy, music therapy, art therapy and trauma-sensitive yoga, so young people can work on their recovery alongside their workers.”