Winning Tigers cricketers go in to bat for Colony 47

Members of the premiership-winning Tasmanian Tigers cricket team have leant a helping hand to young Tasmanians facing homelessness.

Over two days players helped to spruce up Colony 47’s local Colville Place youth shelter, which provides emergency accommodation for young people aged 12-15.

“We are really strapped for time day-to-day, meaning painting and upgrades often get pushed to the back of the line,” Colony 47 youth housing co-ordinator Erica Larcombe said.

“This partnership with the Tasmanian Tigers allowed us to freshen up the current bedrooms and create a welcoming environment for the young people accessing our services.”

Able to accommodate up to nine young people at any given time, Colville Place offers young people experiencing homelessness a safe and secure living alternative.

“The young people that we support have experienced relationship breakdowns within their family and often struggle with poor mental health, alcohol and other drug use and trauma,” Ms Larcombe said.

“At Colony 47 we help them to develop living skills and link them with supports in the community to build up their capacities and networks so they can reengage with school and find employment.”

“This partnership was an opportunity to show the young people living at Colville Place that they deserve a nice place and there are people out there that want to support them.”

Tasmanian Tigers batter Naomi Stalenberg said the team was proud to give back to the community.“The Tasmanian community is very important to us and to give back in this small way is really special,” she said.

“We are experiencing a lot of success on the field, so for us to share that success with other organisations like Colony 47 and the people it supports really hit home.

“We are aware that youth homelessness in Hobart is growing and we feel grateful to have had the opportunity to help create a safe and welcoming space for them to find their feet.”

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