The Young Empowered Parents Program contributes to positive beginnings for young parents up to the ages of 25, The Young Empowered parents program offers the participant to learn about each area of wellness, and how working toward living at a place of increased wellness can have positive effects on the participant and their parenting.READ MORE
The Me, Myself & I program is designed for young women to develop an awareness of her own identity with the aim of building up & maintaining her effectiveness and well-being. The Me, myself and I program is an unfunded program so therefore we solely rely on donations to run this program.READ MORE
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From One of our young mothers. “When I first came into Girls time out, I was very shy. After a few weeks I came out of my shell thanks to all the staff at Girls time out. They are very helpful and supportive, and I continue to keep in contact with them. I found the program very helpful. The program showed me new opportunities. It also opened my mind to new ways of parenting. The program also helped with my self-esteem in my everyday life. I would recommend this program to other parents. I have also told other parents about the Young Empowered parents’ program.”
Young Empowered Parents Program
A young mum came into Girls Time out after having all her children taken out of her care. She was at breaking point. Girls Time Out has helped provided the space so she could have supervised visits here at the office. Girls Time Out also helped with supports regarding donations of clothes and household items as well for her. This Mum attended groups and graduated from the triple PPP program until she was eventually given custody back to her children which took 2 years. This Mum has her children back in her care and is still attending the programs at Girls Time Out. She is doing very well.
Young Mums Support Program
A young mum has come along to our programs at Girls Time Out for the last 2 years now and has always been a very quiet achiever. She always bakes treats and brings them along to group. She has struggled with depression and anxiety however coming along to these groups has really helped her a lot as well as talking with the other mums. Her & her partner had moved out of Rockhampton a year ago. She stated she was not happy and was she was contacting Girls Time Out nearly every week to just chat and try and get accommodation back here. It worked out and they got another house here a few months ago and she has been doing well. She can now attend groups weekly at Girls Time Out and keep in contact with everyone.
Young Mums Support Program
We have successfully assisted multiple clients with bond loans and rental assistance applications to gain a Private Rental by working with Rent Connect who would then do all the necessary processes for the clients Bond Loan and Rental Grant to be processed, approved and then paid directly into the Real estate’s Account for the client to move straight into a rental once approved for a Private rental
Gen Y Housing Referral & Support Program
from one of the young fathers. “The young, empowered parents’ program was great. I enjoyed the session about physical wellness which he has implemented a change in my diet and sleeping patterns after learning about how crucial sleep and diet are to our overall wellbeing as parents”. He said that he would recommend the program to other parents.
Young Empowered Parents Program
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Service Manager (CEO)
My name is Catherine Swinbank, I was born at Palmerston North hospital New Zealand in 1976. I came from a big family of fourteen. My father was a painter and decorator My mother was a homemaker. I have eleven brother and sisters. I have three older sisters and I am the 4th child to be born, with 8 siblings joining the family after me. Today I am a wife to an Amazing man a mother to six beautiful children. I’m the Chief executive officer of Girls Time out. My primary responsibilities include making major corporate decisions, Managing the overall operations and resources of the organisation, acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and our funding partners. I’m passionate about seeing people of all ages and all walks of life, reaching their full potential, discovering and growing into their identity, believing in their selves, and finding peace on the journey of life. I’m passionate about these things as I was a teenage Mother at the age of sixteen. I did not know my identity or have any vision for my future. I had No Role models or anyone that I could look to for help in this journey of life. I find myself with no direction or peace. Years later I had a wonder lady come into my life and mentor me, someone that believed in me and could see the potential in me. I’m so passionate about people from all walks of life finding their identity and stepping into their full potential with peace and joy. Girls time out is that place where we will believe you in all clients that engage with our services and guide them as they reach them goals and potential. I love Catching up with friends, as they help full my cup with encouragement and love. I enjoy Walking, as it’s so good for my body as well as my mind. It helps my mental health (Big time) Reading, this hobby is a new one as a mum of six children where do you get the time to read? Now that most of my children are grown, I am enjoying this new hobby and I LOVE shopping… all Girls need some retail therapy, I love wondering around the shops with no agenda, just enjoying all the beautiful memories.
Administration & Case Worker
My name is Holly Swinbank and I am originally from New Zealand. I was born in a small town called Opiki. I am one of 5 and my family moved to Australia when I was 9. I graduated from high school in 2019 and started at Girls Time Out straight after school. My role is the Administrator at Girls Time Out. I have become passionate about community and seeing growth in people’s life whether that looks large or small. I am passionate about seeing people reach their goals that they have set for themselves. I have a heart for, not only our community, but people. I love seeing the smiles being put back on someone’s face and seeing joy restored. Happiness looks different for everyone, but I am passionate about seeing everyone reach their goals with hard work and happiness. I absolutely love the beach; I love kicking a footy around for fun and I love spending time with my family, and I can assure you I absolutely love a good laugh with some good food as well.
Gen/Y Housing Case Manager & Office Manager
My name is Janine Mann. I love outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, the outdoors and spending time with all my family, while eating and enjoying the laughter around. I have 2 children who are now young adults. I raised them as a single mother. I am very passionate about empowering young women to be the very best and to know their full potential, by reinforcing words such as “valued, beautiful, gorgeous, worth it, and one of a kind etc” This is to instil self-belief in themselves and then go on to empower others.
Young Mums Support Program Case Manager
My name is Debra, and I was born in Mackay. I am the 4th of 8 children. Before coming to work at Girls Time Out, I use to be a support worker. I have stayed home with my children when they were young, and I only did casual work for a while. When they got older, I then got a full-time position at Girls Time Out and I enjoy my position as a Case Manager. My hobbies include reading books, watching movies, 2nd hand shopping and I also enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. I love to go bike riding with my husband on his Harley and I love travelling as well.
Young Empowered Parents Case Manager
My name is Corin Iosua which is Irish for spear bearer (very strange for a kiwi) I was born in the New Zealand town of Dunedin. I departed the land of the long white cloud in 2006 in search of new beginnings in the land of golden soil. I worked in various positions in Brisbane before moving to central Queensland in 2011. In 2012 I became a fulltime stay at home dad with my 2year old boy which was the most challenging yet rewarding thing I have ever done. In 2018 I joined the staff at Girls time out. I am the first male employed by this great organisation. I am Currently the Young Empowered Parents case manager. One of my goals in life is to see parents reach their full potential. My hobbies are reading books. I also enjoy fishing and camping with my wife and the kids as well as cooking a nice lamb on the spit.
Gen/Y Housing Case Worker
My names Esther Turner. I Love my Job it is very rewarding and has given me a great source of satisfaction and appreciation in helping my clients to accomplish and encourage their dreams and goals in finding secure and affordable accommodation. I am passionate about helping and seeing young people being House. Also Changing the attitudes of these young women and men in a positive way – how we are pulling down the walls and building bridges into their lives to the point where they are putting their faith and hope back into the community allowing themselves to become contributing members. What I love to do away from Work is Baking, Travelling, Drinking Coffee and being around my Family and Friends.