The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy) – Mission Australia
Synergy is a diversionary social enterprise aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people aged 16-20 years involved in motor vehicle offending (e.g. theft, /vandalism). The program was developed to capitalise on their interest in cars to develop pathways to sustainable and meaningful employment in a field that matches their interests.
Synergy offers a full suite of smash repair services. The participants who are referred through Mission Australia/Victoria Police/Juvenile Corrections, gain practical experience/employability skills needed to commence a panel beating or spray-painting apprenticeship and work towards Certificate II in Automotive Body from Kangan TAFE. Synergy, in partnership with Suncorp Insurance, has access to 91 repairers that can take on apprentices after graduation.
Synergy also focuses on addressing barriers to employment/building the participants’ life skills/ personal development. This integrated approach distinguishes the Synergy from other juvenile offending diversion programs. An Employment/Training Officer provides participants with practical support including housing assistance/court support, and addresses issues creating barriers to employment.
On attainment of competencies and indicators of employment readiness, participants graduate and are placed into a 4-year apprenticeship. Participants continue to receive support /mentoring 2 years post-graduation.
Mission Australia’s primary objective is to reduce homelessness/strengthen communities across Australia. The organisations goal is to help people regain their independence by offering a wide range of integrated long term solutions, through homelessness initiatives, affordable housing, early learning/youth services, family support/employment/skills development. We stand together with Australians in need, until they can stand for themselves.
Youth 2 Youth – Lord Somers Camp and Power House
The Youth2Youth (Y2Y) project is a volunteer-led annual working bee, often described as The Block for Social Good. Approximately 60 young volunteers from Lord Somers Camp and Power House donate a weekend of their time to work on a specific renovation, improvement or clean-up project for a community or social organisation that support disadvantaged or vulnerable people. The Y2Y started out organically in 2011 with a group of young people wanting to help the communities affected by the floods.
In 2016, with the support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Y2Y successfully renovated two respite homes for Able Australia in Bonbeach and Dandenong. Lord Somers Camp and Able Australia were extremely happy with the outcome of the project which resulted in significant improvements to both respite homes and carers at both homes reported an increase in wellbeing in residents.
Lord Somers Camp and Power House
Lord Somers Camp and Power House (LSC&PH) implements programs aimed at achieving their vision of a stronger, more inclusive society that is created through service to others. It is a diverse and intergenerational volunteer-led, community organisation which implements challenging and experience-based programs that engage with people of all ages. Through implementing programs that serve the community, their volunteers also gain exposure to life-changing experiences in a fun and supportive environment.
This stunning mural created by San Francisco street artist Cameron Moberg stands bold and strong in the Young Women’s Centre, Dandenong. With the majestic bird breaking free from its chains, carrying hope and strength that represents the resilience of the young women that the St Kilda Gatehouse works with.
The Young Women’s Project – St Kilda Gatehouse
Commercial sexual exploitation continues to affect girls and young women in Australia. In many cases, those affected are young women who have suffered childhood trauma, poverty and a lack of traditional supports.
The Young Women’s Project aims to reduce the risk of young women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation. The Project encompasses a community based open-door Centre with ‘wrap-around’ flexible outreach support and community services whilst also providing a safe place for young women to participate in group work initiatives. It is intended that ‘early intervention’ will have a dramatic positive impact in the lives of vulnerable young women.
St Kilda Gatehouse
St Kilda Gatehouse is an organisation supporting those involved in street sex work and young women affected by or at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Gatehouse was established in 1992 by Moses Abbatangelo and Renee De Santana – both drug and alcohol workers with a vision for the marginalised based in the St Kilda area (City of Port Phillip).
Counselling and support services were provided through assertive outreach on the streets in St Kilda. A property in Greeves Street was secured and has been operating as the Drop-in Centre since. A second Centre was launched in Dandenong in 2015 for young women aged 12 – 25 years old who are affected by sexual exploitation.
The Double and UP Project – Geelong Mums
The Double and UP Project was developed with the intent of doubling the storage capacity in the Geelong Mum’s warehouse, utilising vacant roof space. This project was a priority for Geelong Mums as they had seen unprecedented growth through donations from local families but particularly the corporate sector.
Businesses like Target Australia, Penny Scallan, Ouch Clothing and Oshi-M and Cotton On increased donations to Geelong Mums significantly in 2015 and 2016. Their challenge was to ensure that they had the means to manage this stock effectively.
Geelong Mums along with St Kilda Mums and Eureka Mums is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation based which collects donations of pre-loved nursery equipment, cots, prams, car seats, clothes and other baby essentials. These donations are distributed to families experiencing hardship through partnerships with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies. Geelong Mums began in 2013, with St Kilda Mums beginning in 2009 and Eureka Mums in 2014. Since then they have grown to service nearly 200 social service agencies across Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne.
Digital Storytelling Program – Sharing Stories Foundation
Sharing Stories Foundation (SSF) conducted its Digital Storytelling Program (DSP) in five Victorian communities: Shepparton, Mildura, Swan Hill, Thornbury, and Heywood. During the program Koorie and non-Koorie young people worked with Custodians to record and interpret a local traditional story, through illustration, animation and sound design. These stories have been housed in engaging, interactive multi-touch books. The communities have expressed the need for the stories to be available in written/spoken traditional languages: in Shepparton, Bangerang; Swan Hill, Wemba Wemba; Heywood, Gunditjimara; Thornbury, Wurundjeri; Mildura (3 language groups), Barkandji/Paakantyi, Ngiymapaa, and Mutthi Mutthi. This project supports the hiring of a Koorie Project Manager, linguists, and custodians in each community to complete the language capabilities in each book, creating bi/multi-lingual written and spoken interactive versions of the stories. This resource enables custodians to be able to share their stories confidently using their language with Koorie children and community. The completed bi/multi-lingual books will serve as inspiring culturally-relevant educational resources for teachers, communities, Language and Culture Nests (LCNs) and supporting the Local Aboriginal Educational Consultative Groups (LAECGs).
Sharing Stories Foundation
Sharing Stories work with Indigenous communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage through digital technologies and vibrant artistic art forms for the benefit of all children today and future generations tomorrow.