GOTAFE partners with Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project
GOTAFE is partnering with the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project to support the wellbeing of young people in our community.
The partnership sees the introduction of OLLY (Opportunities and Life Links for Youth). OLLY will provide a welcoming and non-judgemental space for young people with access to food, positive social and learning experiences and opportunity to refer those in need to relevant services as required.
OLLY will replace Lighthouse’s program The Haven. Established in 2017 the Haven was developed after extensive community consultation and feedback from the region's youth which highlighted the need for a space dedicated to supporting young people. Since opening the doors at the Wyndham Street premises The Haven has supported over 11,000 positive engagements.
The new premises will be based at the GOTAFE Shepparton campus, and the program to be offered will build on what The Haven has provided to date.
"This partnership sees The Haven evolve with strengthened links to employability training and will assist with connecting our young people with their first job. We are extremely excited to partner with GOTAFE and further the positive impact for young people in Greater Shepparton."
Travis Heeney, CEO GOTAFE said the program will provide support services for young people and facilitate after-hours activities.
“GOTAFE and the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse share the same focus on ensuring people have opportunities to discover their full potential,” Mr Heeney said.
"Together, we are putting resources and strategies in place to systematically address the issues impacting young people and will be improving the future for all generations to come," he added.
Youth consultation sessions for OLLY are underway and the allocated space at GOTAFE is being fitted out with the required kitchen facilities and furnishings.Find out more about the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project