Anglicare WA — Designing for an Independent Future (D4IF)


The Designing for an Independent Future initiative will design, test and implement new intervention methods to meet the needs of homeless young people in the Perth metropolitan area to assist in their connection to employment.

The initiative will work directly with young people experiencing homelessness as well as specialists in research and community services to establish innovative approaches to improving outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Participants who are experiencing homelessness will have access to a mobile outreach based service, where they will receive support through workshops on employability skills, individual advice on finding work, developing career pathways, engaging with education, developing a resume and connecting to Employment Services Providers.

This initiative also provides an opportunity for Participants and representatives from homelessness organisations to co-design future solutions to address the challenges in employment for homeless young people. Participants will provide an understanding of young people’s motivations, frustrations and needs in gaining employment. The information provided will be collated and analysed to develop insights about the experiences homeless young people have had and how those might provide opportunities to create new styles of intervention.

Participants will be involved in three to five co-creation workshops, where ideas and solutions will be documented to be developed into detailed proposals. Prototypes of these solutions will be developed and tested by participants and relevant organisations, including mock-ups of websites or mobile apps, videos or storyboards of a service intervention that testers can engage.

Participants will be involved through focus groups or real-world situations to test the prototype(s) and then have an opportunity to be participants during the Implementation Phase.

Designing for an Independent Future is for:

  • Young people aged 15-24 years who are homeless or in temporary housing arrangements.


Perth Metropolitan Area.

Initiative Period

30 June 2017 to 29 June 2019.



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