Testimonials

My name is Tim Kearns, and I am Acting Principal at Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Sumner. I am writing to fully endorse the hard work and community spirit generated by the wonderful folk at Fuse Youth Centre. Their ability to foster relationships with children, schools and the wider community is, and has been, nothing short of impressive. They have woven themselves beautifully into the very fabric of the Sumner Community.

I recently sat down with a group of children from Star of the Sea to take onboard their feedback with regards to Fuse. They all immediately talked about the people, particularly Gareth, Holly and Aaron (who has since moved on). These fine folk are instantly approachable and engaging. They are ‘naturals’ when in comes to interacting with children, whether at Fuse ‘Headquarters,’ or when they arrive at our school to assist with lunctime duties. I have been nothing but impressed with the way the Fuse team roll up their sleeves, get stuck in and exhibit outstanding professionalism.

I also know they provide a number of superb opportunities for the children; whether that be after school activities and and a safe after school Friday social hub, or holiday programmes that are stacked with variety and appeal. Again, the feedback from the children at Star of the Sea was extremely positive.

On behalf of the Our Lady Star of the Sea School community, I applaud the efforts of Fuse, and sincerely hope they can continue to build upon their superb efforts well into the future.

Tim Kearns

Our Lady Star of the Sea School

I am writing to offer my endorsement for the work that Fuse have done with our residential deaf students here at van Asch Deaf Education Centre. We currently have 13 students who are living with us during term time, aged 14 years to 20 years.

Fuse Youth Centre have worked with us consistently now since 2010, providing one afternoon a week of activities for our residential students. Their strong connection with the wider Sumner Community has also benefited us, providing links, contacts, activities and inclusion for our students in the wider Sumner community.

The relationship has continued to build between our school and the Youth Centre in the years since the earthquakes. The youth workers provided a break for our students from the stress of being in this area during the time of the earthquakes. We have very much appreciated the hard work, thought and adaptability of the Fuse team in communicating with our students, and learning of their backgrounds and difficult circumstances they face everyday with living away from home. The students and staff alike enjoy the professionalism, commitment to clear communication, and enjoyment they show in their work.

We value the input and collaborative working relationship that has been established. We hope that we are able to continue to grow this valuable resource between the two services in coming years to continue to benefit our deaf residential students.

Sarah De Heer

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre

Fuse programme is really great. To have a place for Tweens and teens to meet and "hang out" is a real treasure for the community of Sumner. The school holiday Programmes, discos, and Big nights out also provide kids a way to interact and engage. In a world of electronics and "couch based " actives this programme is a real gem. I suggest more Programmes like Fuse in many more communities!

Bob Bower

Parent

Not only do they provide games and equipment for our residential students to use they also interact and engage fully with them, as positive role models. The FUSE team are always looking for new opportunities to bring our students together with the youth in Sumner and Redcliffs, and the social skills that result in such times is priceless

Laurinda-Lee Grady

Residential Social Worker

The service Fuse provides to young people are invaluable in that they allow our youth to participate in planned group learning activities and to socialise outside of school.  As a working parent, it is wonderful to know my daughter is in a safe and fun after school environment - she loves attending sessions at Fuse!

Katia Addison

Parent