Invitation to the official launch of our Inner West Services
We are formally launching our arrival in the Inner West by bringing together young people, representatives of many community organisations, partners and supporters who assist us in running our services, special guests and speakers including our Patron Professor Brian Burdekin, AO, our Board, volunteers, staff, parents, foster-carers and others.
When: Wednesday 16th June - 3:00 - 5:00pm
Your invitation: You can view and download your invitation here.
RSVP: Complete your online registration here by Wednesday 9th June.
As part of the celebrations, we will have:
- Live music from local talent, Jayden Sierra
- Entertainment from Sydney Opera Bar resident Magician "Dare" from Dare 2 Trick
- Yummy locally sourced artisan and Egyptian food
- Gelato cart
- Face Painters for the kids
- Light refreshments
- Learn more about what the Burdekin Association does and how you c support/get involved? (We will have an information stall set up with pamphlets and staff will be chatting to guests about opportunities to become a carer)
Many of you know that on 1 July 2020, The Burdekin Association took over management of what was formerly known as Stretch-A-Family’s Residential Care Services Program in the Inner West.
Since then, we have been working hard to ensure we provide the opportunities available on the Northern Beaches to young people in the Inner West. We aim to create an environment that closely resembles that of a family environment. We provide not only housing but stability, therapeutic care and education to allow young people to reach their full potential.
On any given day The Burdekin Association provides a HOME for 83* children & young people across the Northern Sydney and Inner West Regions.
We also directly supported 23 families in the prevention of homelessness and a further 27 young people in general early intervention and outreach support.
A total of 131 individual children and young people were supported on one day in March 2021.
Our patron, professor Brian burdekin, AO
Professor Brian Burdekin, AO has left a lasting legacy to two of Australia’s most disadvantaged groups – homeless children and people with mental illness. During his term as Federal Human Rights Commissioner, he presented two landmark reports: a National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness in 1989 and Human Rights and Mental Illness in 1983.
In March 2019 Prof Burdekin, AO was the keynote speaker for the Youth Homelessness Conference, the first of its kind in two decades. The title of his keynote ‘Youth Homelessness. It’s Been a Long Road’ offers a summary of the key developments in youth homelessness over the past 3 decades. You can read more about the conference here.