Southern Yout and Family Services receives national recognition

Sharon Bird, Federal Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, Federal Member for Throsby, congratulate Southern Youth and Family Services Southern Youth and Family Services on their award in the Excellence in Supporting Pathways to Employment or Education category at the inaugural National Homelessness Services Awards in Canberra today.

Southern Youth and Family Services is one of seven organisations nationally recognised for their work in preventing and addressing homelessness.

The awards showcase the quality, innovation and dedication of homelessness services.  They also recognise the very important, yet sometimes less direct, contribution that many Australian organisations make to addressing homelessness.

“Narelle Clay and the team at Southern Youth and Family Services have received this award in recognition of the outstanding assistance they provide to young people and their families who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and experiencing homelessness,” Sharon Bird said today.

Southern Youth and Family Services helps young people to get back on their feet through a range of mainstream and specialist services aimed at supporting young people vulnerable to homelessness in pathways to employment, education and training.

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones met with several of the sixteen students and young people from Southern Youth and Family Services who had travelled to Canberra to run an expo stall at the event.

“The Gillard Government believes all Australians deserve a safe, secure home and we are committed to tackling the complex challenges homelessness poses.  Events such as the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards help the broader community to learn more about the work these organisations do day in and day out,” Stephen Jones said.