Premier Youthworks provides Therapeutic Residential Services for ACT Together.

In addition, Barnardos operates a range of flexible services to support young people.

Lead Tennant

Exciting opportunities are now available to become a live-in mentor to young people as part of our Lead Tenant program with ACT Together which provides accommodation and support services to young people who are on statutory orders (which include child protection and/or youth justice orders).

The young people are aged between 15 – 17 years and are usually exiting residential services. The Lead Tenant program is a way to support young people who can’t live at home and need to start working towards living on their own. It’s a transitional step – offering young people the freedom of living away from ‘parents’ or ‘carers’ but still having some support with case management, mentoring, life skills and community integration.

Lead tenants are volunteers who live with young people who are supported by ACT Together at a property based in Canberra for a minimum of 5 nights per week.

What the Lead Tenant does:

  • Shares a household with young people and plays a vital role in providing mentoring and positive role modelling to assist the young person to develop positive relationships with families, peers and the wider community
  • Assists young people within the household to develop vital life skills to progress towards independent living
  • Supports young people with challenging and complex issues by providing day-to-day emotional support
  • Monitors the safety and well-being of young people in the household

Every young person referred to the Lead Tenant program also has a designated Case Manager who provides support with accommodation, advocacy, education and training.

Who we are looking for:

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who have a genuine belief in supporting young people who may have challenging and complex issues. You will have the ability to build rapport with young people and have an interest in social justice. Qualities we look for in our Lead Tenants include an interest in supporting young people, strong communication skills, enthusiasm and a flexible approach.

A Police Check will be undertaken on the Lead Tenant and a volunteer Working with Vulnerable People Check is required.

Why be a Lead Tenant?

  • You may be interested in pursuing a career working with young people and this volunteering opportunity will provide the chance to develop practical skills in this area
  • Lead Tenants will not be charged rent nor any utilities costs
  • A range of training and support is provided
  • An opportunity to give something back to the community

For further information and to apply, please email