New wellness area for our staff
As a Foster Care agency, our staff deal with lots of highs and lows in their work, and every day can bring new stresses which can sometimes be extreme.
We felt it was necessary to provide our staff a wellness area, which will give them a welcoming space with fresh air and greenery to help balance the stresses of day to day roles each undertake in this challenging field.🌿
The area is set up on our lovely balcony space at our offices at 75 Main Street, Alstonville. It also looks out over the balcony-clad roofs of the historical town – great for taking it all in, with a few breaths and some breathing space. As our work is full of a lot of emotions from all parties, a calm place to rest is very important.
We value all our wonderful staff very much, and appreciate the work they do every day. Thank you all!
Your Youth Care team.
Youth Care cinema afternoon!
Youth Care UPA recently provided a movie afternoon for our Carers, and some of the young people in our program, to see Instant Family – a film they could really relate to!
Instant Family is a film about Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) who decide to start a family, and they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must try to learn the ropes of ‘instant parenthood’ in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.
There was laughter and tears in the movie as the Carers saw a lot of their own stories unfold on screen – a great afternoon overall and something we look forward to doing again.
The Youth Care team.
Family Fun Day
Foster Care Week was held recently and to celebrate, UPA Youth Care were part of a team that organised a Family Fun Day at the Alstonville Leisure Centre.
During Foster Care Week, five foster care agencies, including Family and Community Services worked together to produce a great day full of activities including jumping castles, live performances, a photo booth, hip hop workshops, a reptile display and arts and crafts to name a few.
A special art project facilitated by our carer and mentor Karma Barnes was the highlight. Everyone who attended on the day were asked to paint a heart and all the hearts were glued to five big hearts that are now displayed in each of the five agencies.
Attendees also had the chance to participate in this mural creation (see images) which turned out very well indeed!
Youth Care UPA were so happy to be a part of this very special day, a big thank you to our wonderful carers for the incredible work they do.
Foster Care Information Evening
Youth Care Christmas Party
A day to remember
UPA Youth Care Celebrate 20 Years of helping our Young People