Ciara Duggan YWCA

Ciara continually strives to see the best in every situation, they are silver lining royalty! If only 3 young people turn up to a program or event, Ciara will find the success for those young people and see it as an opportunity for the program to change and practices grow. Ciara does not seek the spotlight, it finds to them because of their genuine personality, passion and drive for wanting the best for young people. It is this genuineness that young people see and appreciate, and why Ciara is able to achieve some amazing outcomes.

Ciara has especially excelled at supporting young people from within the LGBTQIA community. During their time at YWCA Canberra they have started the A to Z social support group, collaborated with others to hold IADHOBIT Day events, provided supports to schools and young people and been the driving force behind three successful LGBTQIA+ Allies Proms (Prom). The 2019 Prom which will be bigger and better due to the successful Capital of Equality Grant. YWCA Canberra successfully applied for a Chief Ministers Office Gant to provide a work skills program for young people from the LGBTQIA community. This is a program that Ciara is passionate getting started about after receiving feedback from young people. Ciara has developed a partnership with CIT so that young people involved will received accredited training.

Ciara is constantly sharing and improving their knowledge and skills, be it through staff supervision, chats around the office or facilitating workshops. Ciara has facilitated at the Canberra Together – LGBTIQ+ Community Symposium 2019; to ANU Computer Science students working on a Rainbow App; at YWCA Canberra She Lead’s events; and will MC the 2019 She Leads High Conference. Ciara an Our Watch Endorsed Trainer for Primary Prevention of Violence Programs: Change the Story & Workplace Equality and Respect and Youth Coalition of the ACT Board member.

Hayden Page

Hayden Page is the Team Leader of the Youth Engagement Team based at Woden Youth Centre. He is a welcoming personality to every young person who accesses the YET programs, in particular the Drop In space. Hayden is very engaging and inclusive with any activity he is undertaking in the Youth Centre – from basketball or pool to supporting a young person complete their resume or develop a budget. Hayden is very adaptable, and provides a wide range of supports for any young person who accesses the Woden Youth Centre.

He has identified gaps and needs in youth support in the Woden area and implemented programs to fill these gaps. This includes transition programs for students entering high school, as well as developing a weekly support group for young people to do homework, complete resumes and job seeking activities, as well as filling in forms for Centrelink, housing or rental applications, etc.

Hayden is constantly looking for ways to develop and improve his own individual practice through many avenues of his work. He leads and participates in Joint Case Reviews, the CYFSP Practice Framework, and the Youth Worker Practice Network. He has developed and fostered network relationships for collaborative opportunities for events and school holiday programs for young people, and training opportunities for the youth sector and for young people

Over the last ten years has made a significant contribution to the youth sector in the ACT. He is described by his colleagues as the vision caster, and rock of his team. Hayden is also a ‘go to’ person for other youth workers who need ideas, help, feedback or a debrief. His dedication to young people, support of other youth workers, professionalism, integrity, and cheeky sense of humour is well known to many people in the youth and community sector.