Australia’s current homelessness situation is rife. According to Homelessness Australia, there are over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia. 17% of these people are children under the age of 12. The most common cause of homelessness is domestic violence, followed by financial hardship. Homelessness can be the start of a downward spiral for many people, as they become vulnerable to physical and mental health issues and substance abuse.
Youth Projects, situated in Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane, is a facility to help a range of people who find themselves facing homelessness. Youth Projects Chair, Melanie Raymond told ABC News “what we are seeing now is people who a poorer, hungrier and more desperate.” Any wonder, with Victoria’s homeless population increasing by 20.7% since 2006.
So what can you do?
Volunteer: Facilities to support those who are experiencing homelessness need all hands on deck, so volunteering at your local shelter or soup van is a great way to get involved.
Donate: Donating blankets, non-perishable food items and toiletries is also another way you can support your local shelter. AGB Training is proudly supports The Road Home Initiative. We have a donation bin set up in our Student Lounge area for these items.
Educate: If you are passionate about helping those experiencing homelessness and supporting people in your community, or all over Australia, our Nationally Recognised Qualifications in Community Services might be for you. Our Certificate IV in Community Services (CHC42015) can lead to employment opportunities within Community Centres, Homeless Shelters and Rehabilitation Centres. This qualification is also an excellent pathway into the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015), Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) and Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management (CHC62015). If you would like to start your rewarding career with AGB Training, please contact us on 1300 123 242.
Please see the list below of organisations in the Greater Geelong/ Melbourne Region that seek volunteers for homelessness initiatives:
Melbourne City MissionYouth Projects MelbourneSacred Heart Mission Meals Program
The Salvation Army
Feed Melbourne AppealSt Vincent De Paul Soup Vans
The Road Home
Feed GeelongSamaritan House Geelong
Uniting Care Ballarat
The Soup Bus Ballarat