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 Supporting Young People on their Aged Care Journey.
Y-House’s mission is to Support young people in their aged care journey.
Across Australia there are over 6,400 young people living in aged care and this is a number that must be changed. In our pursuit to tackle this issue we want to provide age appropriate supports and programs with a strong focus on preventing young Australians from entering aged care unnecessarily. In addition, we want to provide a collective voice to the many individuals living in aged care, as well as those at risk of living in aged care.
We aim to achieve these goals through the development of transitional care and housing, creation of employment opportunities and the use of advocacy, via the following three initiatives:
The Y-House Giving Program was developed to create a broader awareness of the issue of young people living in aged care. Throughout the year we aim to support young people with disabilities by showcasing their stories on our social media and web platforms and providing them with a gift of support.
We’re so excited about our new Y-House Giving Program! Find out more about the program here.
Use this nomination form to let us know about young people who may benefit from Y-Give.
Our January Y-Give recipient is Angela Barker! Learn more about her story and gift here.
Our March Y-Give recipient is Josh Wood! Learn more about his story and gift here.
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.
Our Senior Committee is made up of members who manage Y-House’s organisational development, sponsorship, communication, finance and administration. Read more about the 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 have the wonderful Edwina Bartholomew as our official Y-House ambassador!!! We are so grateful to have Eddy’s support. Read more about Edwina and our connection here.