The story so far

Bright Now commenced in January 2022, following on from the strong foundation that was built over 25 years as Premier Youthworks.

Premier Youthworks was founded by Lisa Glen, who was a passionate advocate for children and young people. Lisa worked with the Newcastle Local Government authorities, to establish residential care homes with a team of experienced case workers and carers to support children and young people. With the success and demands of the service, the organisation continued to grow.

With the same high level of support and commitment to children and young people, Bright Now was founded in January 2022 as a not-for-profit organisation. Today, Bright Now cares for between 40 and 70 young people and employs over 200 highly experienced and talented professionals throughout the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle region.

The Bright Now team have a deep understanding of the complex needs, arising from childhood abuse and neglect and we are equipped to deliver trauma informed services. It’s our care, compassion and dedication that is contributing to positive outcomes for the young people that we support in high quality Therapeutic Residential Care environments.

Our Executive Team

Rebecca Urane

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

About Rebecca
Debbie Ermer

EXECUTIVE MANAGER – CORPORATE SERVICES

About Debbie
Penelope Bowling

EXECUTIVE MANAGER – PEOPLE & CULTURE

About Penelope
Kristie Murphy

EXECUTIVE MANAGER – SERVICE DELIVERY

About Kristie

Our Vision & Values

Our shared vision is to help shape a bright future for our young people and play a key role in creating opportunities for them, whilst supporting those that surround them so they can reach their full potential.

Our shared purpose is what drives our passion to make a difference and ignites our imagination. Bright Now strive to empower young people to believe that their futures can be bright through enriched experiences, individualised support, closer connections, tailored services and a belief that from now things will be brighter.

Our shared values are who we are and exist in all that we do:

Innovation – We challenge and change to ensure continuous improvement.
Collaboration – We work together and encourage connections.
Resilience – We never give up and give it our all.
Inclusion – We embrace what makes us unique.

Our shared priorities keep us focused on the things that make us stronger, better and more capable.

We’re empowering our people and building upon our capability to ensure growth within our workforce and young people… so that they’re more courageous, resilient and better equipped to fulfill their potential for a bright future.

We’re investing more in togetherness and collaboration, so that our partners and stakeholders can participate in and contribute to realising our vision.

We’re investing more in improving our systems, technologies, processes and platforms… so that we’re more efficient, productive, and better able to support our young people.  Our focus is to create and deliver best practice services and continue to grow and diversify as we deliver outcomes for all.

Our shared vision is to help shape a bright future for our young people and play a key role in creating opportunities for them, whilst supporting those that surround them so they can reach their full potential.

Our shared purpose is what drives our passion to make a difference and ignites our imagination. Bright Now strive to empower young people to believe that their futures can be bright through enriched experiences, individualised support, closer connections, tailored services and a belief that from now things will be brighter.

Our shared values are who we are and exist in all that we do:

Innovation – We challenge and change to ensure continuous improvement.
Collaboration – We work together and encourage connections.
Resilience – We never give up and give it our all.
Inclusion – We embrace what makes us unique.

Our shared priorities keep us focused on the things that make us stronger, better and more capable.

We’re empowering our people and building upon our capability to ensure growth within our workforce and young people… so that they’re more courageous, resilient and better equipped to fulfill their potential for a bright future.

We’re investing more in togetherness and collaboration, so that our partners and stakeholders can participate in and contribute to realising our vision.

We’re investing more in improving our systems, technologies, processes and platforms… so that we’re more efficient, productive, and better able to support our young people. Our focus is to create and deliver best practice services and continue to grow and diversify as we deliver outcomes for all.

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