New programs for young people with a disability in Logan

YFS has started two new programs for young people with a disability in their final years of high school, to help them develop the skills for life after school in a fun environment.

Livin’ Large, Takin’ Charge! and Come and Try Us Out aim to introduce school students aged 15 to 18, to the world of adult disability services.

The groups will be led by YFS staff from the Community Connections and Social Links programs which deliver social support to people with a disability in Logan.

“We want to help young people with a disability build their independence and participation; to have a look into the world of adulthood services and create positive relationships,” said YFS Disability Services Coordinator, Shane Dillon.

“They will certainly benefit from all the things they can learn by participating in their community and interacting with their peers,” he added.

Starting at the end of January next year, Livin’ Large, Takin’ Charge! will take place every Thursday night, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.

For $20 (including dinner and activity cost) students will get the chance to do sports, shopping, art, budgeting, cooking and many other activities as part of the program.

Come Along and Try Us Out includes similar social activities at a very low cost of $5.

It will run only through the school holiday period, every Monday starting today, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, with the purpose of giving school leavers the chance to go out and about with their friends and participate in the community in a social environment.

At the end of January, when the program finishes, students will also have the option of transitioning into YFS’ Social Links program.

Places are limited. Young people wanting to join the groups can call YFS on 07 38261500.