A month at the Youngcare Share House Wooloowin

Nic de Luca, Coralee O'Rourke and Sam Kennerley with Brian at the Wooloowin Share House

It has been one month since the Youngcare Share House at Wooloowin officially became home to four young Aussies with high care needs – an exciting new chapter for the housemates, their loved ones and another incredible milestone in the history of Youngcare supporting  young Australians with high care needs to live a life of choice, independence and dignity.  Youngcare spoke to Edwina Garzarella, Coordinator – Supported Accommodation at the share house to hear about the first four weeks.

“The Youngcare Share House is very active, full of people, always buzzing.  It’s a very spontaneous place where the housemates express their desires about what they want to do or the things that they are interested in.  We then support them in achieving these experiences.

Loud music, laughing, BBQs , communication, movies and just hanging out together is typical of young people who live together – and is the order of the day at Wooloowin.  The house mates have expanded their social circle very quickly, finding a lot in common with each other and their combined social groups.  Quiet family BBQ catch ups are morphing into full house BBQs that are a lot of fun for everyone.


Housemates Brian and Nick at the Preview Day of their new home

Wesley Mission Brisbane and Youngcare’s person centred model of care is the ethos of the house and is clearly making a difference. Empowering people with choice and encouraging increased independence underpins person centred care ultimately identifying who the housemates are as individuals. It’s very exciting watching them as they begin to venture into the possibilities of choice and control and knowing they will be supported.

For me, the most enjoyable part of my role is being able to facilitate our carers to provide service in what they have always wanted to do.  We have been given the opportunity and the outlet to provide exceptional, person centred care to really make a difference.  My team regularly tell me that this is the highlight of their career, being able to give individualised and quality care to young people living in the community. The reality is we are all contributing to each other’s lives.

It’s a very meaningful partnership between Wesley Mission Brisbane’s person centred care and Youngcare’s vision that means we are not on a timetable here, we are not on a tightrope and seeing that flow on effect is amazing.

At the Wooloowin Share House I am seeing what was impossible before is now becoming a reality when you are given opportunity, support and choice.”


Housemate Nick receiving his brand new, state-of-the-art communication device.

News you might like:
30 August 2016National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan.Mr ...
We want you to be the first to know! Youngcare is thrilled to announce the return of one of Brisbane’s best nights of Australian music: the ...
2 August 2017Youngcare explores options as NSW project endsYoungcare’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Australia to deliver high care housing ...
The Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2017 has been nominated as one of Northern Territory’s best events by industry experts Selected as ...
24 July 2017A message from our partners at VincentsAt VINCENTS one of our core values is to actively build a company environment that contributes ...
5 May 2016WHAT’S ON! 28 APRIL - 8 MAY Simpson Desert ChallengeSupport the trekkers by donating and follow the trek with our regular ...
23 July 2015In 2011, Emily Dash received a Youngcare At Home Care Grant to help her live an independent life at home. Since then she has been ...
7 November 2016Share a slice of Youngcake this ChristmasFor a young person with high care needs, the loss of choice and independence is one of ...
5 May 2016A helping hand from Hand Heart PocketYoungcare’s At Home Care Grants are set to continue helping more young Queenslanders with high ...
18 July 2017The Today Show aired Todd and Kat's story'I never thought I’d find somebody like her': How gaining independence led a young man ...

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do


Get Help


Contact Us


A huge thanks to our supporters 

MS Queensland
Bruce Lynton
De Luca Corp
Just Photography
Eureka Landscaping
Women's Weekly
Flight Centre Foundation
Taylor Byrne
Braggs Signs
Tatts Group
Forte Catering
Shine Lawyers
Motorola Solutions
Vertica Capital
Clark Real Estate
Care Tech
Brazilian Beauty - Albany Creek
Rivergum Homes
Vantage Performance
Betta Home Living
Spot Productinons
Cutting Edge
Audi Centre Springwood
Artis Pura
Birdsville Roadhouse
One Harvest - love beats
LAS logo
Oktoberfest Brisbane
Wolff Group
Story Bride Hotel
Tattersalls Club
Knight Frank
Collins Food
Aurora Adventures
Channel Nine
Hand Heart Pocket
50-50 charity raffle
Birdsville Hotel
MGD Private
CV Services
MMO Interiors
Hopgood Ganim
Duco Events
Audio Visual Elements
Queensland Government
Queensland Rail
Select AV
Just Cause Bunch
Network First
Birdsville Social Club
Curwoods Lawyers