#U-Turn: A ‘Back on Track’ Program Supporting Young Territorians
Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield announced the Back on Track initiative at our Ludmilla Community Services Hub last month. This $5 million per annum investment funds eight organisations to provide therapeutic assessments, case management, targeted assistance and meaningful activities for older children and young people. The focus is on early intervention, building skills, giving back to the community and diversion from the youth justice system. Anglicare NT will deliver components of the initiative in Darwin and Nhulunbuy.
CEO Dave Pugh said “Our new service is called #U-Turn. The program title signifies that a change in direction is possible when young people and their families get the right support at the right time. Young people are our future and we need to invest in them.”
Anglicare NT has significant experience working with at-risk children and young people in the Northern Territory. Our approach works with young people and their family’s strengths, recognises the impact of trauma and creates pathways to skills development, engagement with community and opportunities for success.
We will work closely with other providers, government, Aboriginal Controlled Organisations, Proper Creative (an arts enterprise), Cross Cultural Consultants and a network of Aboriginal community engagement specialists to strengthen young people’s support networks, skill development opportunities and their connection to family, community and culture.