Karinya Young Mums ‘n’ Bubs (KYM) is a program that has been making a positive difference in Northern Tasmania since 2012. It is currently funded through a three-year funding agreement with the Tasmanian State Government.
The KYM program addresses the needs of young parents and pregnant young women aged 15-19 years in Northern Tasmania by providing an early intervention service that includes supported accommodation with intensive wrap-around support, targeting the individual needs of parents and their children. The program offers secure housing, providing them with the opportunity to look for work or start education, as well as establish a safe environment for their family.
The properties are provided through Communities Tasmania and managed by Karinya Community Tenancy Management.
Karinya initially identified that a critical gap in support existed for young women expecting babies and experiencing homelessness in the northern region of Tasmania.
In 2010 Karinya engaged a consultant to research this apparent gap in service delivery. Together with service providers in the northern region, a needs analysis was undertaken. Brought forward then was the evidence, a practice framework and a proposed service model to meet the needs of young pregnant women facing or experiencing homelessness in the late stage of pregnancy and after the birth of their baby.
KYM is currently funded through a three-year funding agreement with Tasmanian State Government. KYM Group is funded through the Kimberly Foundation.
The KYM case managers liaise with other service providers and facilitate case conferences to ensure that clients’ needs and goals are being met. A key focus for all participants is the development of links with education and training opportunities.
At the core of the program is the provision of medium to long term accommodation. When a property becomes available, the eligible young person is supported through the tenancy process including lease sign up, maintenance expectations, and payment processes. The KYM workers can assist them with tasks such as power and gas connection, obtaining furniture and setting up their unit. Education and support around basic living skills are key to supporting clients to maintain stable accommodation.
Exit planning is a critical part of the case plan and will be different for each participant. Some clients may need the full two years of support and other may need less. As our program is unique we are able to be adaptive and responsive to each individual client’s needs and requirements. A client who has exited from the program will have the skills, knowledge and information to access alternative support and services in the community.