At age 18, Georgia Retallick started The Y-House Foundation in 2010 after seeing a TV interview with a young girl named Angela Barker (Pictured Below). At age 16 Angela was the victim of a violent attack from an ex-boyfriend that left her with an acquired brain injury. Due to a lack of care and rehabilitation options Angela was forced to live in aged care.
The most concerning idea of young people being in nursing homes is the rate of deterioration that they face in such an unstimulating environment. After initial research it became clear to Georgia that there was a gap in the system. It appeared that young people suffering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries as well as early-onset degenerative diseases were not only unsupported in their rehabilitation and recovery, but forced to live in aged care facilities and nursing homes due to a lack of age appropriate care options.
There are a number of fantastic organisations offering supported accommodation and care to young people in these situations. However, without facilities to deal with the initial stages of care and rehabilitation after injury or diagnosis these opportunities aren’t able to be utilised further down the track.
When it was noted that there was insufficient government funding in this area and not only a lack of options but also support, Georgia decided to start her own organisation.
The Y-House Foundation is committed to providing accommodation, care and rehabilitation options for young people with serious brain and spinal injuries and degenerative diseases. Our focus is on providing appropriate and stimulating environments for these young people to live and recover in.
The main project and option that the organisation is currently working on is the delivery of our very first Y-House. You can read more about the project below.
There are currently over 6,400 young people living in aged care in Australia. Our organisation is committed to providing options for this group of young people by providing a supportive and age appropriate environment for them to live and recover in. The foundation aims to do this through the delivery of our very first Y-House.
The Y-House unlike any other care option will be a place for young people to go directly after suffering a severe brain or spinal injury or diagnosis of a degenerative disease. The purpose of the project is to provide that stepping stone of rehabilitation and recovery between the hospital stay and either getting back home, living independently or moving on to supported accommodation.
Y-House is all about getting you back on your feet – literally and figuratively – and back to family, friends and living life the way you chose. With on-site rehab facilities including gym and pool providing the necessary tools for a quicker physics recovery, Y-House will also provide a youthful, vibrant and stimulating social environment, providing for a quicker emotional recovery.
The Y-House project will cost an estimated $3.5 million in total and is set to service 25 people at a time and anywhere up to 400 people in the first 5 years depending on the length of each individual stay. With a big focus on fundraising and sourcing donated materials and services over the past 2 years the foundation is well on their way to ensuring we can begin building as soon as possible.
To find out how you can help, please see the ‘Your Help’ section below!
In 2017 we have developed Y-Give to create broader awareness of the issue of young people living in aged care. Throughout the year we will aim to support one young person each month by showcasing their story on our social media and web platforms and providing them with a gift of support.
Across 2017 we look forward to showcasing the many diverse stories of young Australians with disabilities. If you know someone who meets the criteria and could benefit from this initiative, let us know using the Y-Give Nomination Form.
Our Senior Committee is made up of 6 wonderful members who manage the Y-House building plan development, sponsorship, communication, finance and administration. Read more about the 2015 Senior Committee Here.
Here at Y-House we’re all about young people helping young people. Our junior committee is a talented and committed bunch of young people who organise and run all of Y-House’s administration and fundraising.
Y-House is super lucky to have an amazing group of volunteers that help with anything and everything from event and social media support to administration and book keeping. You can read more about what our volunteers do here.
We are so thrilled to be able to announce our very first official ambassador as Edwina Bartholomew!!! We are so grateful to have her support. Read more about Edwina and our connection here.