19 episodes

Straight Up podcast is a GOM Central Project, from Relationships Australia. This is a podcast made for people who've been in care, and it's made with people who've been in care.

Relationships Australia South Australia's (RASA) Post Care Support Services offers support in the form of counselling, support work, case work, groceries, social groups, advocacy, connecting with family and culture, and brokerage.

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Straight Up podcast is a GOM Central Project, from Relationships Australia. This is a podcast made for people who've been in care, and it's made with people who've been in care.

Relationships Australia South Australia's (RASA) Post Care Support Services offers support in the form of counselling, support work, case work, groceries, social groups, advocacy, connecting with family and culture, and brokerage.

    Learning Loopholes

    Learning Loopholes

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    In this episode, we talk about free education for young care leavers in SA. There’s a bunch of great info in this podcast. So you might need to listen to it a few times or come back to it when it's relevant.
    Andrew Berkinshaw came in to chat with us about https://www.socialrelations.edu.au/ (the Australian Institute of Social Relations) and other places which offer free education to young people who have lived in care, like https://www.tafesa.edu.au/courses?gclid=Cj0KCQiAvvKBBhCXARIsACTePW-fgeRGHChY9Bq_zq7sD77527QzOOflq8omqlWbEHCw8VDkGvPu3HAaApzDEALw_wcB (TAFE SA).
    Here’s a list of places where you can go back to school and finish year 11 and 12:
    · http://www.tsc.sa.edu.au/ (Thebarton Senior College)
    · https://usc.adelaide.edu.au/ (University Senior College)
    · http://www.msc.sa.edu.au/ (Marden Senior College)
    · https://www.northernadelaidesc.sa.edu.au/ (North Adelaide Senior College)
    · https://muirden.sa.edu.au/ (Muirden Senior College).
    As far as university, it’s worth looking at your eligibility for scholarships.
    https://students.flinders.edu.au/finances-and-admin/support/scholarships (Flinders Uni), https://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/ (Adelaide Uni) and https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/scholarships/ (Uni SA) all offer scholarships for:
    · Students with disabilities
    · Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
    · Students from a rural or remote area
    · Students experiencing financial hardship.
    https://www.satac.edu.au/undergraduate-equity-scholarships (SATAC also has a scholarship) for students who are on Centrelink payments, or can prove that they are low income.
    We think your best bet is to call the uni of your choice and ask to speak to a person who can advise about scholarships.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    Special thanks to Andrew Berkinshaw.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 17 min
    Putting the 'broke' in brokenhearted

    Putting the 'broke' in brokenhearted

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in
    care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    This episode is about debt. Especially debts that you get from your partner.
    If you’re in debt, and you can’t make your repayments, there’s people that can help.
    Call the https://ndh.org.au/ (National Debt Helpline) on 1800 007 007. Otherwise https://anglicaresa.com.au/support/financial-counselling/ (Anglicare), https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/financial-assistance/financial-counselling/ (Salvation Army) and https://www.vinnies.org.au/findhelp/view/233 (Vinnes) all offer financial counselling, and can help you sort it out.
    The Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway (1800 800 098) is available for anyone experiencing domestic violence.
    If you, or anyone else, are in danger call the police on 13 14 44.
    https://www.wlssa.org.au/ (Women’s Legal Services) have some great resources about DV on their website, too.
    Special thanks to Sam Dewit from the National Debt Helpline, and to Bri for sharing her experiences.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff
    like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues.
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 16 min
    Another Day, Another Dollar | Part One

    Another Day, Another Dollar | Part One

    In this episode, we’re talking about work!
    We chat with Sallyanne Dobson who works in a youth service at Relationships Australia SA about how (and why) to get a job.
    We’ve also put together some resources to back up what Sallyanne had to say.
    https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/employment-financial-wellbeing/ (This article) is our guide to getting employed.
    For some help writing your resume, try https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Resume (this guide).
    https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/steps-to-get-a-license%e2%80%af/ (This article) is our guide to getting your license.
    https://www.volunteeringsa-nt.org.au/ (Volunteering SA) is where to look for volunteering opportunities.
    For help with issues at work (like not being paid correctly, unfair dismissal or harassment), you can contact https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ (Fair Work) or the https://lsc.sa.gov.au/ (Legal Services Commission) for free advice.
    If you want a bit more insight into finding fulfilling employment, try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veriqDHLXsw (this video). Similarly, this video is about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H91JDqeR_jg (meaningful) work.

    Special thanks to Sallyanne.

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues.
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and, in doing so, understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 10 min
    Another Day, Another Dollar | Part Two

    Another Day, Another Dollar | Part Two

    In this episode, we chat to Karyn Hicks, from Salvation Army, about managing money! 
    Here’re some of the resources she mentioned: 
    https://www.affordablesa.com.au/ (Affordable SA) – a great website with all things affordable (including free food, housing and support services!)  
    https://moneysmart.gov.au/ (Money Smart) – a government website with lots of interesting information and guide to navigating money and finances  
    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/using-saving-energy/retailer-energy-productivity-scheme (Click here) for information about free energy audits 
    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/energy-and-environment/using-saving-energy/easy-energy-saving-tips (This page) has some energy-saving tips 
    We like https://www.frugalandthriving.com.au/money-apps-australia/ (this guide) to budgeting apps (and this website generally)  
    The https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/financial-assistance/youre-the-boss/ (You’re the Boss program) can help you get a handle on money 
    https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/centrepay (Centrepay) takes your bills straight out of your Centrlink payment 
    If you want Centrelink to review a decision, https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/forms/ss351 (this is the form you need).  

    Big thanks to Karyn Hicks for giving us all her tips and tricks! 
    Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, budgeting, brokerage, counselling, mental health and other issues. You can contact Post Care Support Services on free call number on 1800 188 118.
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and, in doing so, understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 11 min
    Breaking the Cycles

    Breaking the Cycles

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    If you want to learn more about trauma, here’s some good resources:
    Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLF_SEy6sdc (Trauma and the Brain)
    Website |https://headspace.org.au/explore-topics/for-young-people/trauma/ (The impacts of trauma on mental health)
    Website | Ihttps://healingfoundation.org.au/intergenerational-trauma/ (ntergenerational trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities)
    Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJfmfkDQb14 (What is trauma? The author of “The Body Keeps the Score” explains)

    If you want to get involved in GOM Central, or you just want to get in touch, you can email us at gomcentral@rasa.org.au.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues.
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia SA’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 23 min
    Passion for Gaming

    Passion for Gaming

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode we delve into gaming; the good and the bad ways it plays out if our lives.

    If you're showing signs on gaming disorder, here's some places that can help:

    •EMP Pathways supports people to game healthily. They help gamers manage gaming disorder, bullying or other negative aspects of gaming. It's pro-passion and pro-gaming.
    •Headspace is a free counselling service for young people. If you're feeling the negative effects of gaming, they can help.
    •Post Care Support Services can help you get your money, relationships and mental health back on track. Visit their website, or call 1800 188 118.
    •If gambling is getting the better of you, you can visit gamblinghelpsa.org.au or call 1800 858 858.

    Special thanks to Cameron Dodds, and to Alex Wood for sharing his story.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 12 min