the newsletter of Anglicare WA Helping homeless youth move from surviving to thriving
Above: Oxford Foyer is an integrated approach to a very important issue in our community Top left: Anglicare WA CEO Mr Ian Carter AM at the Foyer launch Left: Hans Gerritsen Manager of Housing Development, Foundation Housing, The Hon Bill Marmion MLA Minister for Housing, Ian Carter CEO of Anglicare WA, Neil Fernandes Managing Director Central Institute of Technology
n an Australian-first, Anglicare WA has teamed up with the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) and Foundation Housing to establish the nation’s first purpose-built Foyer. The Foyer, an international concept first trialed in the UK, is not just a building but an approach, which provides safe, stable and secure accommodation for young people to support one another and achieve independence. The Foyer philosophy is regarded as international best practice in helping young people get back on their feet. More than 1,000 Foyer’s now operate around the world and Anglicare’s Foyer will be built in Perth at the CIT Oxford Street campus in Leederville. Unlike Anglicare’s existing accommodation services for homeless youth, such as our Youth Supported Housing and Crisis Accommodation, Oxford Foyer will provide long-term accommodation for up to two years, and residents will need to meet strict criteria to secure a place. This will include demonstrating a positive work ethic and a genuine commitment to turn their lives around.
According to Oxford Foyer Manager, Jethro Sercombe, the Foyer is about providing disadvantaged young people with new pathways that will enable them to move from merely surviving, to thriving. “In terms of size and scope the Oxford Foyer is unlike any service currently in Western Australia,” Jethro said. “What’s different about this program is that it will create an aspirational environment for the young people who will call it home. While the residents will live in independent accommodation, they will be part of a community of young people striving toward the same goal: to get back on their feet and to make the most of life’s opportunities.” Experience from Foyers overseas demonstrates that this supportive environment delivers life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Results from the UK (2008) indicate that 72% of residents who completed the program are in jobs or undertaking further education; 68% obtained formal qualifications and 80% are maintaining tenancies successfully two years after moving on.
The four-storey facility, scheduled to open in July 2012, will provide high-quality accommodation and training for up to 98 young people and include retail space for a coffee shop and other facilities for use by residents, TAFE students and the wider community. Residents will participate in a range of education and training options – most of them at the adjacent Central Institute of Technology – and will have access to comprehensive support services. The building will have 24-hour security and supervision and strict housekeeping rules to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for residents. Anglicare WA with CIT and Foundation Housing will operate a smaller scale project in the lead up to the opening of Oxford Foyer. It is hoped that this trial will house up to 15 young people in the trial Foyer project. The Oxford Foyer is funded by the Federal and State Governments through joint initiatives on homelessness and social inclusion and administered by the WA Department of Housing and the WA Department of Child Protection. For further information, please visit www.oxfordfoyer.com.au.
Anglicare WA Our purpose is to change the lives of vulnerable people and families.
A Strategic Focus from 2011-2015 move from just surviving to thriving that is the force behind our new Strategic Plan 2011-15. This is our first ever five year Strategic Plan and it very much reflects what is going on in our community. At our agency, our services cover the spectrum from emergency/crisis services, to early intervention and longer-term solutions. But there is no one-size-fits all solution to the life challenges we encounter daily.
There is much truth in this often quoted proverb, and so much of what we do here at Anglicare WA is built on that philosophy of empowerment.
That is why we take a case management approach. Anglicare walks alongside our clients as they move through the stages of surviving and coping to building and thriving. It is in this context that we have the confidence, and the skills, to play a lead role in establishing Australia’s first-ever purpose built Foyer for homeless youth.
Indeed, it is that longer-term vision that commitment to helping people
Hope is critical in people’s lives and initiatives like the Oxford Foyer help
Give a man a fish; feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime.
to move people with a sense of hope to a place where they have the confidence and the skills to thrive. This is indeed a trail-blazing program and one that has the potential to change the face of homeless youth in Australia. Oxford Foyer says much about where Anglicare WA is going and the leadership role we are playing within the Community Services sector. As a current member of the Board of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness, I am proud that the Government has recognised Anglicare’s potential for leadership in tackling this increasingly important community issue.
Ian Carter AM Chief Executive Officer
One-stop-Anglicare-shop for Albany Far Left: Tim Christie holds the plans for the new centre Left: Anglicare WA staff Anne, Sonya and Chris attend the launch Photo Credits: courtesy of the Albany and Great Southern Weekender
ast year, more than 1,600 men, women and children in the Albany region turned to Anglicare’s counselling and support services. Now, the people of Albany and neighbouring communities have access to an extended range of Anglicare services under the one roof, thanks to a new $1.8 million facility unveiled late last year.
Anglicare WA CEO Ian Carter AM and Bishop of Bunbury Allan Ewing officially opened the new St John’s Anglicare Centre on York Street in October. The new centre is a joint development of Anglicare WA, the Diocese of Bunbury and the St John’s Anglican parish. According to Mr Carter, the new centre will help Anglicare’s service teams to deliver counselling and other services to even more community members, in the best possible way. “Anglicare WA is one of the largest community service providers in the Great Southern,” Mr Carter said. “This new centre in Albany will provide an extensive range of services under the one roof, including financial counselling, relationship counselling, children’s services, separation services and housing support.” Local community groups and organisations are also able to hire meeting rooms and training facilities at the centre. The St John’s Anglicare Centre is proudly supported by Lotterywest, with Albany resident and former Lotterywest Chairman Lloyd Stewart attending the official opening. The centre is also supported by the Federal Government Regional Partnerships Program. For more information about Albany’s services, please visit www.anglicarewa.org.au or call 9845 6666.
changing lives newsletter
A Very Bright Night
Above: The brightly decorated Fraser’s Observation Deck
Bright Lives Committee: Denise Satterley, Tamara Gibbs, Despene Keightley, Michele MacKellar & Libby Youd. Absent: Sue Trahar
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It was an event that well and truly lived up to its name! The inaugural Bright Lives function ‘A Very Bright Night’ was attended by over 350 brightly dressed guests to support Anglicare WA’s Young Hearts program. Guests who attended the October event got into the spirit of the occasion, donning bright ties and evening dresses that lit up Fraser’s Restaurant Observation Deck in Kings Park. ‘A Very Bright Night’, proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor NAB, was organised by the Bright Lives Committee to raise funds to support Anglicare WA’s Young Hearts program, which provides specialised counselling to children who are victims of family and domestic violence. A miriade of bright and beautiful colours greeted guests, including the Hon Dr Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs Julie Michael, John & Margarita Hughes, Malcolm McCusker AO QC & Tonya McCusker, as Anglicare WA’s Executive General Manager of Fundraising & Marketing and MC for the night Ian Craig kicked off the fun. With entertainment by Sambalicious and Lush, exquisite food served by Fraser’s Head Chef Chris Taylor and a glittering décor by Wayne Stubbs, guests were treated to a night of fine dining with amazing views of Perth’s Swan River. Thanks to the generosity of our guests – and the skills of well known auctioneer Mack Hall - the sold-out event raised $128,000 net for Young Hearts. The groundswell of generosity was thanks, in no small part, to the heart-felt address by Young Hearts counsellor Denise Wilson. Guests were clearly moved by Denise’s first-hand account of the children she helps and the wonderful results these young children have achieved through Young Hearts. Young Hearts operates in Mandurah and Rockingham and provides counselling to children and young people who have been traumatised by or experienced family violence. Young Hearts aims to provide women and children of Western Australia who are abused, or witnessed abuse and violence, with an opportunity to heal, and in turn break the cycle of abuse. The demand for this service is overwhelming and the program is fully funded by private donations through events by the Bright Lives Committee and through the support of the McCusker Foundation. Sincere thanks to our energetic Bright Lives Committee: Denise Satterley, Tamara Gibbs, Michele MacKellar, Sue Trahar, Libby Youd and Despene Keightley. We would also like to thank each and every guest who attended and all major supporters, sponsors, donors and guests. Thank you sincerely for your generous support!
changing lives newsletter
New Wheels for Kalgoorlie Services
ur Kalgoorlie programs are celebrating a wonderful new addition to our service outreach. The Theodore and Isabella Wearne Charitable Trust has kindly funded a new bus for this busy service, which is home to The Aboriginal Early Years Program, the Kalgoorlie Accommodation Support Service and Emergency Relief. The welcome funding from the Wearne Trust will assist in delivering services to Kalgoorlie and surrounding areas in the Goldfields. Our Kalgoorlie Services covers a huge geographic region providing support to clients in Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Ninga Mia, Kambalda, Coolgardie, surrounding communities and bush camps. In all, there are 32 bush camps in the Goldfields and we support those who live in all 32 camps: some of which are located up to 30 kilometres from Kalgoorlie. The Wearne Trust grant funded the purchase of a new Toyota 12 Seater bus to replace the existing bus. This critical transport is used in many ways to service remote communities, including transporting goods and resources to remote camps, transport for clients and delivering Emergency Relief food and blankets to various remote locations. Our Kalgoorlie Services provide a real lifeline of practical support and crisis services to people in this region and we would like to thank the Wearne Trust for helping Anglicare WA to continue to provide these critical services.
Kalgoorlie Services Aboriginal Early Years Program Builds on the cultural strengths within Aboriginal families and supports them to meet the needs of their children in the early years of their development. The Kalgoorlie Accommodation Support Service (KASS) Provides Homeswest accommodation for 12 months to women and children escaping domestic violence or homelessness. This service focuses on building skills and knowledge to enable the tenants to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities as a Homeswest tenant. Emergency Relief Providing and delivering blankets, food and other essential items to Aboriginal Early Years and Kalgoorlie Accommodation Support Service clients in and around Kalgoorlie.
The Spirit of Christmas Giving
Staff from NAB and the ASX join volunteers at the Midland Christmas Giving centre.
hristmas Giving is a long-time tradition here at Anglicare and the festive spirit was alive and well this Christmas past as community and corporate volunteers joined forces to share a bounty of donated food and gifts.
A record number of families attended our Midland and Applecross Christmas Giving centres, where they were invited to choose their own food for the Christmas season. Some 1,300 hampers were distributed to Western Australian families and individuals this year - a fantastic effort from all who donated and contributed their time to the program! Families with young children received additional gifts of toys and games in their hampers, which were filled with both staple foods and Christmas goodies. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and compassion of all volunteers, and our special thanks to corporate volunteers including: Australian Stock Exchange, NAB, Bankwest, Gage Roads Brewing Co, the Australian Tax Office, Commonwealth Bank, Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Apache Energy. On behalf of the many vulnerable Western Australians who benefited from our Christmas Giving, thank you to all who donated food and toys, or contributed your valuable time or financial support.
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