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Burdekin Christmas donations

We would like to say thank you to and express how much we appreciate all of our supporters.

Even in a year like we have just had, we can count on the unfailing generosity of community. We were concerned, given the nature of 2020 and how it impacted people in general, that we might not have as many donations as other years. These concerns were put to rest early on when the support came pouring in.

We would like to thank Oxford Falls Grammar School, Mona Vale Hospital, St. Anthony in the Field, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Blackmores, Share the Dignity, Manly Warringah District Cricket Club, C3 Church, Hillsong, Addi Road, Ben & Jerry’s and our amazing volunteers for all of their hard work and generosity. The value of just these vouchers alone exceeds $5560.

We also received $16,000 for our young people this Christmas including a cheque for $10,000 from a Trust. Thank you to all of you lovely kind hearted people.

Northern Beaches restrictions and young people visiting family

Before Christmas there was uncertainty, due to new Covid-19 outbreaks and restrictions, about whether our young people could visit family. We are delighted to say that despite our worries, all of our young people were indeed able to visit loved ones.

Thank you to all of our Burdekin Supporters

Merry Christmas…

And thank you for your support in 2020.

We want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This past year was special for all of us, in part due to Covid-19 and in part due to the expansion of our services into the Inner West, Eastern and South East Sydney. We were busy and all for the right reasons!

We have so many people to thank for their support and guidance. Particular thanks go to our Board made up of dedicated volunteers, supporters from all levels of Government, members of our business community, philanthropic organisations providing money for special projects and all the wonderful, generous individuals we come across and who support us throughout the year. And last but not least, the young people in our care who we build relationships with. We appreciate you, every single one of you. We see you, we hear you and we celebrate your achievements with you.

We wish you all the very best for Christmas and look forward to spending 2021 with you.

Christmas 2020 Appeal – Youth Support Fund

Family crisis support Sydney

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.

See what the Burdekin Youth Support Fund is.

The Burdekin Association Inner West and Northern Sydney
A small donation can go a long way

Dependence becomes independence

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.

Take a look at the Burdekin Youth Support Fund and see if you can donate today.

We provide youth accommodation and support in Sydney
Without access to the internet it is difficult or impossible to study, find work and stay in touch.

Inclusion works

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.

We work with families and young people who are in crisis and need support
Young people can ask us for money for items that are important to them.

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

Our Patron visits Inner West office

The Burdekin Association Inner West

Our Patron, Professor Brian Burdekin AO, met with new and old staff at our Inner West office for a meet and greet. He spoke about the Burdekin model of care and the lessons learned during the homelessness inquiry in the late 80ties. Many of the recommendations made then still ring true today.

You can read more about our Patron here or his speech at the National Youth Homelessness Conference in 2019 and check out the photos below of Prof Burdekin AO, CEO Justene Gordon Graham Bargwanna, Jacqui, and some of the Inner West team.

World Homelessness Day 2020

The Burdekin Association Youth Accommodation and Support Services

10 October 2020 marks World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Day/Week and we have Anti-Poverty Week in October too. All of these issues are interrelated and need to be addressed holistically. There are strong links between homelessness, inadequate education, unemployment and mental illness.

Homelessness and mental health

The Down and Out Report in 1998 found:

  • 46% of the women were affected by schizophrenia
  • 23% of the males were affected by schizophrenia
  • 33% had serious mood disorders
  • 38% of the women had experienced a major depressive disorder

Professor Brian Burdekin’s speech, National Youth Homelessness Conference 2019

Homelessness and poverty

The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview states:

  • 3.24 million people in Australia (13.6% of the population) live below the poverty line
  • 774,000 children under the age of 15 (17.7% of all children in Australia) live below the poverty line
  • More than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia
  • The average poverty gap (the gap between the poverty line and the incomes of people in poverty) is $282 a week
  • The single rate of Youth Allowance (plus Rent Assistance and Energy Supplement) is $168 per week below the poverty line
  • Our survey of young people on Youth Allowance found 9 in 10 skip meals and1 in 3 have withdrawn from their studies because of a lack of funds

UNSW and ACOSS February 2020

The Burdekin Association has developed a range of distinct but interrelated programs.

Our experience

The top five reasons for presenting to our Youth Housing Program:

  1. Relationship and family breakdown
  2. Current issue with housing (eviction/lease ending/affordability)
  3. Mental health
  4. Financial difficulties
  5. Lack of family/community support

What we do

The Burdekin Association provides support and accommodation options to children and young people (12-24) and their families in the Northern and Inner West areas of Sydney.

We provide an accommodation, care and support continuum that is responsive to the individual needs of a diverse range of young people aged 12-24 years and their families.

This has involved putting together a range of flexible and innovative programs. This flexible approach, combined with the individual nature of service provision, trauma informed practice, a commitment to creative solutions and appropriate expectations enhances the ability to work with more children and young people.