Masonic charity donates $150,000 to help young Queenslanders

More young Queenslanders with high care needs are set to get the support they need to stay at home and out of inappropriate housing after Hand Heart Pocket,  The Charity of Freemasons Queensland, yesterday announced its renewed support to the tune of $150,000 for the 2017 round of Youngcare’s at Home Care Grants (AHCG) program.



The grants provide one-off funding of between $2,000 and $10,000 for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite for people aged 18 to 65, who are at risk of entering inappropriate housing such as aged care, allowing them to remain at home with their families for as long as possible.

Youngcare CEO, Anthony Ryan, said the additional funding would assist Youngcare to deliver to its mission to ensure young people lead lives with greater choice, dignity and independence.

“Too many young Australians with high care needs are being left behind. These young people deserve the freedom to choose how they live their lives – and it’s up to all of us to make sure that happens,” Ryan said.

In 2016, $250,000 was awarded to 44 Queensland families, enabling them to keep their loved ones at home and Hand Hearts Pocket’s donation of $150,000 directly benefitted 30 of those families.

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Story: Caitlin Muddle