Saturday 19th sees the end of Anti-Poverty Week for 2013. It is important to remember, even as the week ends, local and global poverty doesn't end.
To recognise Anti-Poverty Week we can consider how we think and act - locally and globally.
Wallan Secondary College Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Students have, throughout the year, helped a local support agency - Freedom Care. Students have undertaken a range of tasks from building offices to packaging food. This project has been supported by Advance, a State funded program delivered through a partnership between the Office for Youth, Victorian Government secondary school and community organisations.
Freedom Care, now based in Kilmore, are open a couple times a week to help families in need by providing food aid. Their website is www.freedomcare.com.au and can be reached on 0422 599 735.
Nexus Primary Health who are based in Broadford and have an office in Wallan, provides a Financial Counselling service. This is a useful service for families experiencing financial difficulty. See the link attached.
The Rural Housing Network and Housing Network in the Hume Region provides families with support for social housing, information and support for homelessness, transitional, and community housing. Their website is www.ruralhousing.com.au
Did you know that:
- About 10% of Australian children (that is, about half a million children) live in a family which is suffering poverty or serious hardship
- Children from poorer families are six times more likely to go to school without breakfast than students from wealthier backgrounds
- Children from poorer families are twice as likely as those from wealthy families to have very low levels of literacy and numeracy
- Children who do not complete year 12 or its equivalent are twice as likely to become unemployed as those who do.
This information if from a resource for Anti-Poverty Week from www.antipovertyweek.org.au