According to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing (latest issue released 14 March 2018), the rate of Australian homelessness has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years. The latest estimates (2016) reveal more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night. Up from 102,439 persons in 2011, representing 50 homeless people for every 10,000. Learn more about what causes homelessness and further statistics here:
FiveP has always had a community focus and in the last few years we have been helping Latitude – Directions for Young People (https://www.latitude.asn.au/) fight Australia’s homelessness in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Latitude develops creative programs to meet current and emerging needs. Above all, Latitude’s focus is to provide opportunity for Prevention and Early Intervention for young people. Three of Latitude’s flagship programs are:
WINBAY BULLDOGS: first established in 2008, the football team is now the key Latitude activity.
FOOD ANGELS: a nine-week program that develops food knowledge and skills with the provision of a fresh fruit and vegetable hamper, provided by SecondBite (https://www.secondbite.org/).
YOUNG MENS GROUP: this program focuses on the development of positive relationships and communication all wrapped in activities that promote thought, planning, strategy & trust.
Please visit http://www.latitude.asn.au/about/ for more information about the programs.
This is how FiveP supports and helps Latitude fight Australian homelessness
Our Head of Professional Services Matt Narayan is part of the Committee of Management at Latitude. This is what helped FiveP establish the first connection with Latitude. Since then, FiveP’s support for Latitude has grown. And it will keep growing.
I still remember when Matt came up with the awesome idea to get the FiveP team involved during the Homelessness Prevention Week in August 2015. The goals was to collect a few grocery items for the Latitude’s open access pantry. It was an overwhelming success! You can read the full story here https://fivep.com.au/sharepoint-news/posts/2015/08/10/fivep-and-latitude-directions-for-young-people/.
To explain how important it is for us and how much we care about supporting this cause: our Sales Director Vinny has decided to be one of the mentors for the Young Mens Group in 2018.
“I joined as a mentor in the Young Mens group in 2018. After a handful of sessions I can already see the positive impact the program has on the young men involved. I hope to be part of the program for many years to come. Vinny Iyer
More recently in June 2018, the FiveP team came down to Victoria Park in Abbotsford (Victoria) to support the WinBay Bulldogs taking on Collingwood Knights as part of the Reclink Football League competition. If you don’t know what the Reclink Football League is, please follow this link http://www.reclink.org/news/reclink-football-league-what-it-means-participants.
As a die-hard Carlton supporter, it hurt a little bit to be supporting a team wearing the western bulldogs colours. However, that was easily overcome when I saw the spirit and teamwork on display. It was a very exciting game. The team showed a tremendous appetite not to give up when it got tough. The final quarter was a nail-biting experience for all to watch, with the Doggies showing a great come-back performance which almost led to a win (without a doubt, number 43 for the Doggies was definitely the best on ground!).
Check out some pictures from the game below:
Homelessness is not a choice! Homelessness is one of the strongest examples of disadvantage in the community. It’s also labelled as one of the most important markers of social exclusion. Homelessness is more than not having a roof over your head. The many causes of homelessness are limited income and lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty, not getting paid enough, like low wages, mental illness, the lack of needed services, and substance abuse like alcohol and even drug abuse.
Over the past year, Latitude has supported over 200 young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Hobsons Bay & Moonee Valley.
FiveP proudly supports and helps Latitude and their great programs. The idea is to create a sense of belonging where young people can find a safe place to tackle the underlying reasons for their homelessness.
I was personally honoured that we could give something back to the community.
If you would like to jump on board and support this campaign like FiveP does, find out how your team can donate by visiting https://www.latitude.asn.au/#!donate/c1avz.
Thanks for reading,