At-risk youth in Dalby to receive lifeline with new social worker
YOUNG, at-risk students in Dalby have been thrown a lifeline by social worker Samuel Weightman, who will be reaching out to Dalby’s youngest citizens thanks to a new partnership between Youth Insearch and Dalby State High School.
Mr Weightman will be filling a new social worker role to support young people in the Dalby region.
He said his focus would be on supporting and working with local young people experiencing adversity in their lives.
“My work and my own lived experiences have given me opportunities to develop appropriate knowledge, insight and understanding of the issues faced by young people,” Mr Weightman said.
Dalby State High School Principal Dr Dean Russell welcomed the partnership with Youth Insearch in helping the school reach its goals in supporting students during these unprecedented times.
“Dalby State High School’s partnership with Youth Insearch, the addition of a social worker and access to Youth Insearch programs will strengthen our goal in achieving positive outcomes for our students and the local community,” Dr Russell said.
Youth Insearch CEO Stephen Lewin said the placement of a new social worker within the community would ensure struggling young children receive care and attention tailored to their needs.
“We want to point the young people of Dalby in the right direction, helping them identify what support services are available and how the Youth Insearch program can assist them during these difficult times,” Mr Lewin said.
Youth Insearch has found that when social workers assist young people in a single community, they are able to provide tailored support to each young person on a one-on-one basis and connect them with appropriate support services.
Youth Insearch Regional Coordinator Donna Ryan said she was thrilled to welcome Mr Weightman to the Youth Insearch team, and hopes he will fulfil a “strong need” for a social worker in the community.
“It is great to have Samuel on board and working with Dalby State High School in response to the strong need for a social worker in the Dalby community. Due to the recent increase in requests for support from young people, Samuel’s assistance will help us work more closely with case co-ordination,” Ms Ryan said.
The launch day of the Youth Insearch community-based partnership at Dalby State High School will be held on Wednesday September 9 at 10:30am.
Adhering to Queensland COVID-19 social-gathering restrictions, the launch will be held outdoors at Dalby State High School – Bunya Campus, located at 463 Bunya Highway, Dalby.
Supporters of the Social Worker partnerships include the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Tenix Foundation, who are contributing significant funds to support Youth Insearch and its Social Workers over the next three years.