More young Queenslanders with high care needs are set to get the support they need, to stay at home and out of inappropriate housing after Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland today announced its renewed support to the tune of $150,000 for the 2017 round of Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) program.
The grants provide one-off funding between $2,000 and $10,000 for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite for young people aged 18-65, who are at risk of entering inappropriate housing such as aged care, allowing them to remain at home with their families, for as long as possible.
Youngcare Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Ryan, said that the additional funding would assist Youngcare to deliver on its mission to ensure young people regardless of their care needs lead young lives with greater choice, dignity and independence.
“Too many young Australians with high care needs are being left behind. These young people deserve the freedom to choose how they live their lives— and it’s up to all of us to make sure that happens,” Anthony said.
“In 2016, $250,000 was awarded to 44 Queensland families, enabling them to keep their loved ones at home and Hand Heart Pocket’s donation of $150,000 directly benefited 30 of those families. “Yet, the reality is that a total of 87 people applied for grants with a value of almost $640,000, meaning that 43 people missed out, simply due to a lack of funding” he said
“With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the disability sector is seeing positive change and Youngcare is excited by the opportunity to scale up the options available to young people. While working with the NDIS we continue to deliver our grants which are so vital to ensure that families are getting the support they need. The renewed partnership with Hand Heart Pocket will enable us to again help more young people with high care needs to live the young lives we all deserve.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said that upon hearing the plight of these families who were often physically, emotionally and financially drained, Hand Heart Pocket was compelled to do more.
“Last year following our initial donation of $150,000, Hand Heart Pocket had the privilege of sitting on the panel alongside other donors, disability academics, health professionals and Youngcare staff who shortlisted and awarded the AHCG Queensland round,” Gary said.
“We came away with a great sense of pride, because we could see the difference our support would make, yet the number of families missing out on grants left us wanting to do more. We are delighted that Youngcare has once again accepted our support this year. May our combined efforts make a significant difference for more young Queenslanders with high care needs,” he said.
Photo: Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark (centre) hands over a cheque for $150K to Youngcare Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Ryan (centre right), with the Hand Heart Pocket Champions (far right) and members of Ionic Prudence Lodge standing alongside (far left).