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Helping Tasmanian families connect.

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Tasmanian Liberal Senator Paul Calvert today officially launched Parents and the Teenage Years, Navigating the Journey booklet, at Colony 47 in Hobart.

“The booklet is funded under the Australian Government’s Reconnect Program, which aims to improve the level of engagement of homeless young people or those at risk of homelessness with family, work, education, training and the community,” Senator Calvert said.

“The Australian Government allocated almost $10,000 in funding to Colony 47 Inc. to conduct research into the experiences of parents who had a child either homeless or at the risk of homeless.

“The booklet is designed to assist parents who experience this situation, it outlines ways in which parents can support their children during this troubled time.

“It will also assist other service providers in dealing with parents in this situation and offers an understanding of the sense of desperation that parents may experience.

“Colony 47 has delivered a wide range of support services to the Tasmanian community for the past 30 years. These services include employment and training, housing, and individual, family and community support.

“Although this important research is being conducted in Tasmania the findings are relevant to all families and service providers nationally and should be used as a basis for improving support for parents and children alike.

“The Australian Government continues to support research that will assist in developing a better understanding of the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their families.

“It is important that governments continue to work with community organisations to ensure these at risk young people and their families get the help, support and understanding they need to improve their life circumstances,” Senator Calvert said.

19 August 2004

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