Couch surfing for a cause


The Department of Education’s Vulnerable Youth team recently attended the 10th annual Couch Surfing event; an event aiming to raise awareness of young people affected by homelessness.

The event sees teams of young people decorate couches on wheels for a number of races and competitions, all while enjoying entertainment, networking with local organisations and learning about what young people can do if they find themselves or a friend homeless.

The department teamed up with Nightcliff Middle School for the event, with a couch being donated by Kelly Cooper, Acting Executive Director Youth, Engagement and Partnerships, and the design and racing left up to the students.

Karina Lalara from the Vulnerable Youth team said the event was a great opportunity for the team to network with other agencies who support our youth.

“It gave the team a chance to meet with those that are working on the ground with youth who are at their most vulnerable,” she said.

“It was a great chance to network with other organisations who are supporting our youth and to see what support they can offer young people facing challenges”.

“It really was an event that brought smiles to everyone in attendance”.

Events such as these allow us to strengthen partnerships with students, families and communities to better support the needs of our young people.

The department gives thanks to all students involved from Nightcliff Middle School on such a great couch design and great sportsmanship, and to Anglicare NT and City of Darwin for organising the important event.

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