Meet The People
At the age of 10, Carla had an image of a big house with many young people coming and going. That image is now a reality as she is one of the co-founders of Homestead for Youth. Carla has over 12 years of experience working with children, young people, and families. Carla is known for her humor, her ability to help you feel ‘normal’, and empowered to see change.
Marty is the co-founder and director of Homestead For Youth. He provides valuable management of the Stronger Youth and Mentoring Program. Marty has 9 years of experience as a foster carer plus 13 years of experience working with teenagers as a mentor and an Outdoor Ed Instructor. Marty is sought after in his work journeying with young men through the Mental Health Car Restoration program that he developed along with his wife Carla. He brings consistency, humor and an engaging hands-on approach to his Mentoring sessions.
Peter has over 9 years of experience helping people in many areas of their lives and circumstances. He has devoted the last 6 years to helping people with addiction and other life-controlling issues. He spent 5 years working in Rehabilitation Centres which enabled him to gain extensive experience in conflict management, healing from abuse and trauma, and enabling people to restore and rebuild their lives. In addition to experience with individuals, Peter has an extensive background with couples, relationships, mediation, and reconciliation. He has facilitated marriage and parenting courses and helped people to restore broken relationships that seemed beyond repair. He is an empathetic, faith-based life coach who brings a wealth of experience to his clients. Married for 26 years and has 2 adult children; he brings and integrates his love for people and family into a practical, relational style of life coaching. Peter has a Diploma in Applied Social Science and continues to study in the related field.
Kath is Homestead for Youth’s resident “Grandma,” who you can meet every Thursday as she teaches the young residents cooking skills that also include budgeting, shopping, recipe planning and presentation. You might also meet Kath’s husband, Lorne, who volunteers at the Homestead. Outside of cooking, Kath is a talented artist who takes great pleasure in all forms of art and craft. She has a huge heart and loves to share her creative experiences. She tries to match her clients needs and interests with the activities she provides, while always looking for new ways to engage and develop budding artists.
Angelique Du Toit
Angelique is our live-in support worker, dedicated volunteer, and personal assistant to Carla, since 2015. After completing her Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at Edith Cowan University including a diploma in Psychology, Angelique worked for as a FRE driver with the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and volunteered for various at-risk children and youth events. Angelique is passionate about young people finding hope and being connected to their mentors so that they feel supported to achieve their goals. Equine therapy is an important tool in equipping Angelique to engage and connect with the youth she mentors and counsels.
Niamh is our live-on-site youth support worker and is currently in her second-year studies in a double degree of a bachelor of arts in psychology and criminology. Niamh has lots of experience working with young people and providing them with a safe place to work through certain issues or just have some fun. Niamh has done lots of work with horses over the years and assists in the equine and animal farm therapy programs. She also assists in the planning, running, and packing up of many of the H4Y programs that are on offer. It is Niamh's passion to empower people of all ages and to have a positive impact on their lives. For fun, Niamh enjoys reading, music, playing sports, and caring for animals.
Equine & Agistment Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Denaye and I am the Equine & Agistment Co-ordinator at Homestead. I have had horses ever since high school. My mum and I use to spend time together learning how to ride and it was a really special time. I have had experience in at a lot of different disciplines and enjoy trying new things. I’ve broken in horses and love watching them learn and develop into safe partners. I had a riding school for a few years and love helping people become more confident in their riding and ground work skills. I also love helping people to communicate better with their horse to help make a great partnership. I’m always looking for ways to improve my knowledge and skills and what better way than having a good chat!
Farm School Facilitator
Chantelle is the Farm School facilitator here at Homestead. From Monday to Wednesday she facilitates the Farm School program which involves a hands-on learning experience for children who are being homeschooled. She is passionate about providing a loving environment to help the kids to learn and belong in. She enjoys working as a team to provide an amazing range of fun farm activities for the kids to participate in that will help them grow in life skills and character. She also loves finding new ways to engage and support them on their learning journey. Chantelle has 5 years of experience working as a Primary school Chaplain supporting children and the school community. She focuses on having a caring approach and supporting children to achieve their individually identified goals.
Donna-Lee is a Counsellor at Homestead for Youth. As a graduate of her Bachelor of Counselling, she is continuing her studies for specialized individual, couple, and family therapy. Donna-Lee is a registered practitioner and with personal experience on the difficulties of living with mental health concerns, utilizes a variety of modalities and therapeutic approaches to help you feel understood and empowered.
Tash Higgins is currently studying her bachelors degree in psychology, with an interest in research and personality studies. Through using mediums such as drawing and painting, she aims to take a creative approach to help you relax and process any mental health stressors.
Mentors & Volunteers
Along with our amazing team we have a group of passionate mentors and volunteers that come in all shapes and sizes to suit our therapy programs and events. All participants have their Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) and have undertaken an interview with the directors to ensure they fit the Homestead for Youth model. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or to volunteer with us and change the story on youth mental health and suicide, we welcome your support.
We are here for you. Our Farm Gates are always open. Our Home is your home away from home.