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Foyer Foundation [Website]

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Foyer Foundation 2021Online Access: Foyer Foundation website | National Foyer Community of Practice Notes: Link to Foyer Foundation website and National Foyer Community of Practice page. Updated 2-21; In 2017 the Foyer Foundation embarked upon an important partnership with the national anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This partnership enables the Foundation to expand the Foyer concept to new communities across the nation and tap into the extensive knowledge, service development and research expertise of the Brotherhood of St Laurence - website (who we are); The Community of Practice harnesses effort and expertise at a national level to: •Share expertise to identify ‘what works’ across Foyers. •To ensure that research informs practice and contributes to a cycle of continuous improvement, and that there is rigour to data collection, evaluation and monitoring efforts. - National Foyer Community of Practice page. •Provide guidance on the development or refinement of tools and resources to support service delivery, and share these amongst members of the CoP to enhance practice. •Share and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement, including potential partnerships. •Identify and develop opportunities for campaigning about Youth Foyers within the broader service system Summary: Foyers provide a point in time service that enable young people in transition to develop and achieve educational and employment pathways, exiting in a sustainable way from welfare and service dependence. While there are programs in both the education and homelessness sectors that seek to support young people experiencing disadvantage with their education or accommodation across Australia, there are almost no fully integrated service models focused on education and employment outcomes. The key to the model lies in the provision of stable accommodation for up to two years in a supported, congregate living environment. For young people who are unable to rely on family support in this critical developmental stage, Foyers provide the time, personalised attention, mentoring, coaching and access to opportunities needed to lead fulfilling, independent and productive lives. A Youth Foyer is much more than a supported accommodation facility, or welfare program. Utilising an ‘Advantaged Thinking’ approach, Foyers seek to tap into the goals and ambitions of young people and nurture their talents while building skills for life. At heart, the Foyer model is based on the life-changing proposition that the most constructive thing we can do for young people is to ensure they become educated, employable and empowered so they can build better lives for themselves, and achieve genuine independence. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Response to the National Skills Commission Care Workforce Labour Market Study discussion paper / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 10 p. PDF.Other title: BSL response to the National Skills Commission Care Workforce Labour Market Study discussion paper.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: BSL is pleased to contribute to the consultation for the development of the Care Workforce Labour Market Study. Our response is confined to considering three of the discussion questions through a youth employment lens. BSL considers that the Study should pay attention to the structural barriers that are driving misalignment between supply and demand in the care labour market, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that present for the youth workforce . This response has been informed by our work through the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB), which is working towards sustainable youth employment and meeting local workforce needs. We would be pleased to provide further insights on the specific supports that young people would need to develop meaningful and sustainable employment pathways in the care sector. This submission draws on our practical experience, along with our research and that of others. Our related work includes: • innovative employment support models, sustained by philanthropic, corporate, state and federal funding. This includes delivering the youth-focused Transition to Work (TtW) program, convening a national Community of Practice of (some) TtW providers and facilitating the NYEB • delivering training to a diverse range of learners—particularly those experiencing disadvantage—through our Group Training Organisation, Learn Local and our former Registered Training Organisation • partnering with TAFEs to support young people to access and sustain engagement with education and training. This includes establishment (with Launch Housing) of Education First Youth Foyers. This supportive accommodation, located on TAFE campuses, enables young people experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness to engage in education and training that helps alter their life trajectory • major Australia-wide research commissioned by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and others, as well as numerous evaluations of VET-related support services. [Summary] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Inquiry into homelessness in Victoria : final report / Parliament of Victoria. Legislative Council. Legal and Social Issues Committee

by Victoria. Parliament. Legislative Council. Legal and Social Issues Committee | Patten, Fiona.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Victorian Government Printer, 2021Description: [504 p.] + [44p.] PDF.Online Access: Main Report | Summary | Website Summary: In this report the Committee recommends a wide-ranging suite of measures aimed at achieving outcomes through an extensive effort towards early intervention to assist in the prevention of homelessness. At the heart of the Committee’s final report is the belief that we need a two-pronged approach in order to remediate homelessness in Victoria: • We need to strengthen early intervention measures to identify individuals at risk and to prevent them from becoming homeless. • We must provide more long-term housing for the homeless. These should be the core aims of the Victorian Government. Notwithstanding these goals, improvements are also needed around the use and management of short- and medium-term accommodation options—specifically, crisis and transitional housing. The Committee believes that the homelessness crisis in Victoria demands immediate and ongoing attention from the Victorian Government. The complexity of the issue cannot be understated, with a myriad of often overlapping risk factors that make people vulnerable during unexpected crisis points. Without appropriate support people can find themselves homeless. To address the varying causes and manifestations of homelessness a wide range of solutions are required. The Committee believes that implementation of the broad-ranging and complementary suite of recommendations made in our Final Report will significantly improve the Victorian Government’s response to homelessness across the state. During the course of this inquiry, we saw how emergencies such as bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic can have a devastating effect on the most vulnerable in our community. The Committee urges the government to monitor outcomes for disadvantaged sectors over the next few years as we determine what the long-term effects of these crises will be. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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