We are very lucky to have the support of the community. This time from the organisers of The Pittwater Artists Trail who conducted a fundraiser for our young people. A local artists trail supporting local youth.
In March the Pittwater Artists Trail group exhibition took place at Newport Community Centre. The event aimed to celebrate some of the Northern Beaches most talented artists. Exhibitors on the day are mentioned below, check them out and maybe attend future events by Pittwater Artists Trail.
Here is the list of the local artists in the trail supporting young people: @nicolawoodcockart @karenhick @romandaceramics @jancristaudo @helen_mackay_art_ @silverplus.studio @steftarasov @lauriemckern @lisabrummerart @amandafullerart @gogeorgiegirl @annespencerart @bensartworld @helendrew_art @joannagambotto @markkingstonart @artfromthebeach
Would you like to partner with us? We would love to hear from you, please contact us.
Young people experiencing homelessness are just like us. They have aspirations for a better life. The emotional, social and practical benefits of receiving Youth Support Fund support is clearly evident.
In order for young people experiencing homelessness to gain independence and self-sufficiency, we need to focus on inclusion and challenge traditional stereotypes like: ‘why should they have (a mobile phone, new clothes, access to the internet, driving lessons) if they’re in receipt of benefits.’ Why shouldn’t they?
Who is at fault?
We shouldn’t blame children and young people for being in state care, for a lack of affordable housing, the loss of a job, family breakdown, illness, substance abuse and abuse or neglect. We should invest all our efforts into supporting them.
Exclusion becomes inclusion
Limited financial support can mean exclusion from education and employment related things like the internet, books, stationery, school clothes/uniforms, shoes, transport; from social activities like birthdays, recreation and sports classes, from health related things like eye glasses, hearing aids and assessments and the list goes on. With targeted support from the Youth Support Fund our young people set out on the right path.
We want to enable young people to be independent and successful, whatever that means for them, access to education and training, life and financial skills, someone to believe in them and opportunities to thrive.
Our outcomes for young people are significantly above the state average in areas of educational achievement, transition to independence, secure housing, increase in family contact as well as an improved mental well-being.
Our rates of young people entering stable accommodation, or out of the welfare system, is a complimentary 67.2% compared to the NSW state average of 24.81%.
Upon exiting our youth housing program 80% of clients leave the welfare system or enter stable housing.
Of our young people 95% are engaged in education or employment when leaving our Out Of Home Care program.
We have supported 3,140 young people and their families over 10 years.
‘The total cost to the Australian economy of additional health and justice services for homeless young people aged 12-24 is estimated at $747 million annually. These costs do not include additional lifetime impact of early school leaving and low engagement with employment.’
Based on current research, the estimated lifetime savings are up to 26 times the amount invested up-front in our preventative work.
What we would like from you
We appreciate any help you can offer. A single donation, a regular monthly donation or workplace giving with co-workers, friends and family are all options. Take a look at the Burdekin Youth Support Fund and donate today if you can.
$1,500 pays for a fridge and washing machine for a young person in need
$2,500 pays for furniture & white goods to fit out one flat for our young people
$5,000 contributes to University fees and textbooks for one young person
On September 20, 2019 the second Link Housing Home Sweet charity sleepover was held at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club. The aim was to raise awareness and funds to support those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless in Sydney.
This year the event raised money not only for Burdekin and youth but for Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) and Link Housing Scholarship Program, you can read more about that here.
We would like to say a huge, huge thank you to Link Housing and everyone who supported the event. In total, you all raised a whopping $181,914, (Home Sweet 2017 raised $120k and it was our goal to meet that, so well done everyone).
We also wanted to give special thanks to our Ambassador and MC on the night, NSW Wicket Keeper Jay Lenton, who was absolutely amazing.
We are delighted to say that the Link Housing Inaugral fundraiser Home Sweet 2017 was an amazing success. The event took place on Friday 15th September.
As a result of everyone’s hard work, we had more than fifty people sleep over at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club in Dee Why, together we raised $120k for youth homelessness.
Link Housing and The Burdekin Association
We have been working together with Link Housing for more than 25 years. Together we have provided support and accommodation to more than 500 young people in need.
“We’re delighted with the funds raised, all of which go directly to The Burdekin Association so they can continue their vital work helping vulnerable young people on the Northern Beaches.”
Link Housing CEO, Andrew McNulty
Special Guest Christian Wilkins
We had model and homelessness activist Christian Wilkins as MC on the night. Christian had recently taken part in the SBS documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless, which consequently completely changed his outlook on homelessness.
We want to thank everyone, because without a community coming together it couldn’t have been done.
Whether you volunteered, donated, slept over or raised awareness – you helped those experiencing homelessness. Special thanks to our MC Christian Wilkins, to Link Housing CEO, Andrew McNulty, to member for Wakehurst Brad Hazzard, to Bondi Life Guards Andrew Reidy and to Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches and James Griffin, Member for Manly.
The team from Bunnings are always on hand to help when we need them.
Bunnings have, on a number of occasions offered volunteer staff (who gladly help us out) to use their DIY magic along with home accessories and paint they have kindly donated to brighten up existing or new properties for our young people.
We are always grateful for the community spirit and laughs from these guys… thank you!