Last week, we were very fortunate to have Jacquie Reed, CEO of the CREATE Foundation enlighten us about the Foundation and the services it provides.
The CREATE Foundation, incorporated in 1999, is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of over 40,000 children and young people in out-of-home care, and those who have transitioned from care up to the age of 25. Its vision is that all children and young people in care reach their full potential; its mission it to create a better life for children and young people in care.
The Foundation does this by connecting children to each other, to the Foundation and to their communities, and to empower them to build self-confidence, self-esteem and skills that will enable them to have a voice and be heard. This is facilitated through clubCREATE, training programs, youth advisory workshops, the SpeakUp program and future grants schemes which provide bursaries to children, as well as supplying laptops, driving lessons and contributing to health plans.
It was concerning to note that nearly half the children in care are under 5 years old, one-third are separated from their siblings, 35% of young people will experience homelessness after leaving care, and there is a ten times more likelihood of indigenous children being in care.
Ways to support the Foundation include volunteering to write birthday cards, donating Christmas gifts, help run Connection events, fundraising or once-off donations, and becoming a Corporate Partner. One of the current fundraisers is the Paint It Purple Campaign which encourages the community to paint its fingernails purple, take photos and post with a donation on its website.
Judging by the number of questions, we found the session extremely interesting and informative. Thanks Jacquie for imparting your knowledge and passion!