Scope to enhance care for youth

THE Ballina Scope Club looks after young people who need full-time care.

The club is continuing its push to establish a care facility for young people on the North Coast.

A meeting was held last week with the aim of forming a committee, under the umbrella of the Scope Club, to look at establishing a Youngcare facility in the region.

Genevieve Atkinson, from Brisbane-based Youngcare, spoke at the meeting.

She said there were about 6500 Australians under the age of 65 who needed full-time care who had no alternative but to live in an aged-care facility.

While she said there was ‘nothing wrong with aged care', nursing homes just didn't have the facilities for younger people.

“They're not appropriate or relevant for people who are young,” she said.

Youngcare was set up five years ago and is currently the focus for Scope fundraising nationally.

Shevaune Conry inspired the formation of Youngcare.

David Conry, father of the young woman, who has multiple sclerosis, together with three of his mates – Simon Lockyer, Nick Bonifant and Matthew Lawson – set up the organisation with the aim of building a care facility specific to young peoples' needs.

The first Youngcare apartments were opened in Brisbane in 2007, with more set to open on the Gold Coast.

Ms Atkinson stressed that Youngcare enlisted the support of care providers. She said finding land and a care provider would be priorities for a local committee.



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