In July 1981, upon his death, the proceeds of Mr John Connor’s estate created a charitable trust of which Centrecare was the beneficiary. It was his wish that the funds be used for young people leaving care to assist then transitioning to independent living.
The fund has now been renamed and relaunched as the Centrecare Youth Fund.
To be eligible for a grant of up to $1,000, a young person should be
- aged 15-18 years; and
- have been in out of home care and transitioning to independence.
All the information is now available on the Centrecare website and once received, applications are reviewed by the Director and submitted to the Board for approval.
Centrecare won’t give cash grants and prefer to assist with the purchase of goods and services for recipients to ensure they receive maximum benefit. The funds can be used in a variety of ways including:
- Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, televisions.
- Irons, kettles, toasters, and various kitchen appliances.
- Bedding, pillows, quilts, blankets, towels
- Cutlery, crockery, pots, frypan.
- Bond for University accommodation and rent assistance for two months.
- Dining suites, beds, and mattresses.
- Laptops for young people going to study at University and TAFE.
- Electrical work on a granny flat to allow a foster child to remain with the family but retain their independence.
- Connection charges for moving into residential accommodation
If you would like to know more, please contact Carolyn Vitek at Centrecare on 08 9325 6644 or email@example.com