Learning life-changing skills at Logan Youth Foyer
- 1 March 2021 9:08AM
For Scott, living at the Logan Youth Foyer has given him confidence, support and taught him life-changing skills.
“The Logan Youth Foyer teaches you how to live independently. It’s great because you’re not worried about being homeless. You have utilities that work, a roof over your head and support system in place to back you up and give you the help that you need to grow and learn,” Scott says.
The Logan Youth Foyer provides accommodation for young people aged 16 to 25 who need a safe and stable environment to live in and who are committed to engaging in education, training or work.
Scott is currently working in a volunteer role while looking to find a singing course to enrol in.
“I’m volunteering at the Lifeline Superstore while I look for a good singing course. I’ve approached the youth workers to help me find a course because I want to become a singer.”
The Logan Youth Foyer offers emotional, social and advocacy support and activities to promote personal growth and resilience.
Scott previously lived at the Logan Youth Foyer and returned to live there 6 months ago after moving into a share house.
“I returned to the Logan Youth Foyer because it was the best place for me. I had lived with people I shouldn’t have and that was a mistake. That’s OK because you can learn lessons from mistakes.”
Scott says that the Logan Youth Foyer offers the best of both worlds with personal space and opportunities for social connection.
“The good thing about the Logan Youth Foyer is that I have my own space but the communal spaces like the hub and barbecue area also mean I can reach out and get to know new people.”
In between working and searching for study options, Scott spends his spare time playing basketball, reading, writing stories and participating in the Logan Youth Foyer leadership team.
“The leadership team provides a mentoring role to other residents and we help improve things in the complex, for instance, we recently we managed to get a compost bin installed. We also help plan events so we can socialise and get to know each other,” says Scott.
Scott enjoys creating a sense of community and helps new residents feel at home.
“I’m happy to help new people that move here. I will introduce myself, show them around and help to ease them into the new environment,” he says.
Living at the Logan Youth Foyer has also given Scott an understanding of what it means to be a good neighbour.
“Being a good neighbour is all about respect. It goes both ways. If someone plays their music too loudly, you speak to them politely and if I want to play music, I think about how the volume will affect others and make sure it’s not too loud,” Scott says.\
As to where his experience at Logan Youth Foyer will take him, Scott says, “I’m planning to stay until I am able to find my own place that is suited to me. I’ve learnt all the basic skills I need to know, I’ve learnt how to cook, clean, budget and save, those are good skills to have and will set me up to further myself beyond the Logan Youth Foyer.”