YFS Impact Report shows increase in demand for services

More than 10,000 people from Logan and surrounding areas contacted local support services organisation YFS Ltd. for information and advice during 2015-2016.

Homelessness (57%), financial assistance (29%), domestic violence (12%) and family support (12%) were the most frequent presenting issues of the total number of these requests.

Logan’s major not-for-profit organisation also worked with more than 4,000 people last year, providing them with case work, case management or legal representation.

These statistics were released by YFS on its 2015-2016 Impact Report presented last night at its 32nd Annual General Meeting.

YFS CEO Cath Bartolo said it’s called Impact Report rather than Annual Report, because it highlights the impact YFS achieved over the last financial year.

“It reports how YFS works with local people to assist them to achieve independence and participation and how this enables them to be included in the social and economic life in our community,” Ms Bartolo said.

“The report documents the way YFS contributed to the key things everyone needs if they are to be truly included in the social and economic life of the local community: a home, enough money, safety, connections with others, skills and hope,” she said.

“Last year we built on our ability to help people put the foundations in place by introducing an employment preparation service, ParentsNext, and remodeling our financial capability and counselling services,” she said.

“We also opened our Browns Plains office and extended our work in the western region of Logan- Beaudesert, making our services more accessible for people in Logan and surrounding areas,” she said.

“The Impact Report presents real stories about our clients, evidence and data about our work and tells about the strength of many of our services including housing, YFS Connect, disability, social enterprises, family support and many more”, Ms Bartolo said.

“YFS is uniquely placed to help the most vulnerable people and we have the capacity to make real change their lives,” she added.

“We are proud of what has been achieved. Many people and organisations contributed to our success last year and we look forward to continue to work with our community partners and lead change in Logan,” she said.