Charitable community days and in-kind giving

Working Bees at our Inner West and Northern Beaches Properties

Giving comes in all shapes and forms. We want to highlight some of the contributions our amazing community of supporters have generously provided to us as in-kind giving, in other words donating time and goods.

What are in-kind donations?

In-kind donations may be physical stuff like furniture, clothes, necessities (food, toiletries), school supplies, equipment and the like or consist of donations in the form of professional expertise, skills and services such as legal services or property refurbishment, facility management and the like.

Community working bees make a big, practical difference to our work and to our young people – we have some amazing – we mean AMAZING – partners and organisations helping out.

The Property Industry Foundation (PIF) connects us with other organisations all the time to help alleviate child and youth homelessness. These organisations are across a variety of industries providing numerous services and products that will help services like ours to keep youth safe and secure.

Stanmore property working bee with Charterhall and Flick Macqueen Plant Designs

Staff from Charterhall and plants and pots from Flick Macqueen Plant Design helped us with a garden design at one of our Stanmore properties. Charterhall’s website says: “Our team are encouraged to give 1% of their time to support community projects.”

What an amazing ethos and the team did an incredible job. Take a look at some of the before, during and after photos below.

King Living

King Living have been donating the most beautiful lounges from one of their stunning ranges to one of our Stanmore properties. These pieces have gone into new homes for our young people and look amazing.

“We received the beautiful couch and dining table set on Monday which was assembled by two really lovely men. The Burdekin Association is truly grateful for the ongoing support both organisations provide. The houses we find automatically feel like homes with the quality of these items.” Matt, The Burdekin Association.


Ensuring fire safety in our properties is a priority for us and we must say a huge thank you to Bunnings Warringah Mall, who have donated fire safety products such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, first aid kits and other fire safety accessories to reduce the risk of fire and keep our young people safe both in the Inner West and Northern Beaches.

We can’t thank these wonderful people enough, their commitment to helping us and the phenomenal work they have done not to mention the gorgeous furniture and plants.


The people over at BINGO Industries have been a huge support to The Burdekin Association by providing about  $10,000 – $15,000 worth of bins over the last year. The bins are being used to clean up properties….such wonderful support that we are really appreciative of.

We are always saying this but … it really does take a village and we are so lucky to have found ours! Thank you everyone for your precious time and donations.

If you would like to partner with us in any way and help us to solve youth homelessness please get in touch!

Charterhall – LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube

King Living – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest

Bunnings – Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube

Flick McQueen Design – Facebook and Instagram

BINGO Industries – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter

Bunnings and Taubmans Paints

Recently the wonderful people at Bunnings Warringah Mall and Taubmans Paints helped us with a very special project – The Burdekin Learning Space. We are thrilled to say that, at a property in North Head, we now have a classroom, therapy room and sensory room. Our young people are going to benefit so so much from this space where specialist education workers will provide trauma informed education. None of this would be possible without the kindness and generosity of community! Read more about our Learning Space and Education Specialists fundraising page here.

TaubmansFacebook and Instagram


LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion at Burdekin

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to overcome LGBTQIA+ discrimination.

Did you know that Monday May 17th marked 30 years of IDAHOBIT?

30 years ago – on May 17, 1990 – the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

Here at Burdekin, we’re lucky enough to have an incredible, diverse, and accepting workforce. So, we stood together to celebrate, support, and show our pride of the colourful LGBTQIA+ diversity of our workplace by sharing a meal and a delicious rainbow cake!

Here are some snaps from the day! Big thanks to everyone who helped out, especially Matt for cooking up a fantastic feed!


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Lifeline, Northern Beaches

Prof Brian Burdekin talks to Lifeline Northern Beaches Counsellors

Coordination between The Burdekin Association and Lifeline, Northern Beaches.

On the evening of 29 April, in response to a request from the CEO of Lifeline in the Northern Beaches, our Patron, Professor Brian Burdekin AO, delivered a major address to approximately 100 Lifeline counsellors as part of a special Professional Development Training.

Professor Brian Burdekin, AO Patron of The Burdekin Association
Professor Brian Burdekin, AO addressing Lifeline Counsellors

In his remarks, entitled: “Why we need Lifeline – and the essential contribution Lifeline makes to Australia’s well-being“, Brian outlined the progress which had – and had not – been made since his landmark inquiry as Federal Commissioner on: “Human Rights and Mental Illness” three decades ago.

Focusing on a number of critical areas affecting the mental health of our community – including, in particular, our young people, Brian indicated the urgent need for government to allocate more resources to mental health and the areas in which this had to occur. His speech, followed by questions, was part of Lifeline’s program of professional development training.

Lifeline Northern Beaches has proudly been serving our local community for more than 50 years
Justene Gordon, CEO The Burdekin Association and David Thomas, CEO at Lifeline Northern Beaches

National Volunteers Week 2021

Volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of skill sets

In line with the theme of this years National Volunteers Week 2021– Recognise, Reconnect, Reimagine, we are holding an event for our amazing volunteers this year.

We launched the Burdekin Volunteer Program during National Volunteers Week 2020, which means we are celebrating the first birthday of our program as well as National Volunteers Week. Our volunteers will be treated to a meal plus a Certificate of Appreciation from our CEO who will be attending along with some Burdekin staff. We are really looking forward to it.

We are also currently launching our Volunteer Program in the Inner West. Our hope is that by next year there will be even more volunteers who have given their time and expertise to celebrate.

If you would like to read more about volunteering with us check out the links below:

Volunteer With Burdekin

Burdekin Skilled Volunteers

Our Current Volunteer Vacancies

Thank you to all of our Volunteers for the amazing work you do. We couldn’t do it without you. Join National Volunteers Week 2021 with the hashtag #NVW2021

National Youth Homelessness Conference 2021

The National Youth Homelessness Conference 2021 (NYHC) takes place on June 15th – 16th. The event will be online and is organised with the aim to develop a National Strategy to End Youth Homelessness.

The focus for conference discussions and post-conference actions will be a joint NGO sector-Government task-force and consultation process to develop the National Strategy to End Youth Homelessness. This will not be the product of a particular organisation or government. Instead it aims to be a joint NGO-Government strategy that will serve as a reference for the planning and implementation of state and territory governments.

In 2019 the National Youth Homelessness Conference was held in March in Melbourne. Our Patron, Professor Brian Burdekin, AO was the Keynote Speaker and our CEO, Justene Gordon was one of nine panelists. You can read more about their contributions here.

The National Youth Homelessness Conference 2021 is organised by Youth Development Australia and National Youth Commission Australia. This year, NYHC 2021 Speakers will include leading international and Australian experts in the field, front line service providers, educators, employers, young people sharing lived experience, and more. Our Patron, Professor Brian Burdekin, AO will be one of the speakers.

Early bird tickets are available now as well as concession rates for anyone aged 30 years and under, and concession cardholders.

For more information about the event, please visit: Youth Homelessness Conference and Humanitix.