Students’ achievements celebrated at Eveline House

Some of the students at Eveline house in Devonport graduating

Eight students living and learning with Anglicare at Eveline House in Devonport recently completed a TasTAFE course as part of the Youth2Independence (Y2I) program.

They were congratulated at a special event held during Homelessness Week that was attended by representatives from TasTAFE and Homes Tasmania. Aged between 16-24, the students have either been homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

Karyn Crosswell from TasTAFE worked with the group as they studied the Certificate 1 in Developing Independence course.

“This course is designed to support the young people to build upon their current skills, gain new skills and set achievable goals,” she explained.

“The certificate takes between three and eight months to complete. Some of the graduating students completed the course while also juggling school and work. I’d like to congratulate all six young people for their efforts. They now have a TasTAFE certificate under their belt as they move on to their next challenge.”

It was a positive experience for the students:

It was more helpful than I thought it would be.  (Liam)

I feel like I am more confident with being independent since doing this certificate. (Sarah)

Very helpful and fun, I felt listened to and my needs were met. (Jess)

It was also a proud moment for the Anglicare team to see the young people recognised for the motivation and commitment they’d displayed in completing the course.

Ninety-eight students have graduated from the course since Eveline House opened in 2018.

More information:

Anglicare manages Eveline House (Devonport), Thyne House (Launceston) and Trinity Hill (North Hobart) under the Youth2Independence program.  It will also manage a new facility that is under construction in Campbell Street in central Hobart.

Young people participating in the program are required to commit to participating in education, training and employment and gaining independent living skills.

If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please make an initial enquiry with Housing Connect on 1800 800 588. Check this webpage to find out more about what is required of young people entering the program.

Youth2Independence is supported by Homes Tasmania.

It is based on the Education First Youth Foyer model.



Karyn Crosswell of TasTAFE (right) and Jo Marshall from Homes Tasmania (middle) present Sarah with her graduation certificate.


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