Everyone wants a chance for a decent life. For most, this means a safe home, a job, a family and friends. But sometimes, life doesn’t quite work out the way we’d planned.
This is especially true for women experiencing homelessness, mental illness and extreme disadvantage. For them, there can be a number of obstacles ahead to start building a better life.
“The Big Issue is grateful to be a recipient of this grant. With its support we are focussing resources on the management, growth and development of the Women’s Workforce, enabling us to employ additional homeless and disadvantaged Victorian women and expand their skillsets through professional development and training.”
-Lauren McCluskey, Partner Development
The Big Issue’s (TBI) The Women’s Enterprise – Pathways to Employment project employs women experiencing both homelessness and significant social barriers by expanding their existing social procurement work for government and businesses. Through the project, TBI will grow the program by employing additional women. Every woman will be mentored with a personal goal setting plan, paid above Australia’s minimum casual wage, and will develop transferable skills which will enable them to transition to mainstream employment beyond TBI if they so choose.
Helping young newly arrived young women at Bendigo Kangan Institute.
A mentoring and leadership program for young women, helping them to engage with their local community.
Evaluate the effectiveness of young mothers intervention model and opportunities for further expansion in Australia.
Supporting women by looking at what’s not working for them financially and how best to address it.
So that in this lifetime we can be: