Anglicare Australia Network farewells Ian Carter AM after 25 years
Anglicare WA has farewelled long-serving CEO Ian Carter AM after 25 years at the helm. Staff held a farewell for Ian on 13 March, thanking and acknowledging his years of service.
The farewell event acknowledged Ian’s leadership of the organisation over a remarkable era as Anglicare WA evolved to a leading community service provider for WA’s most vulnerable people. Ian said the time was right for change.
“Anglicare WA provided help to more than 34,000 people in the last year, supporting 40 per cent of State’s homeless youth, and distributing over $1.6 million in emergency relief aid,” said Mr Carter.
“It’s an exciting time for Anglicare WA as the organisation strives to achieve a just and fair Western Australia where all people thrive, which will continue long into the future.”
Anglicare WA’s incoming CEO Mark Glasson said that Ian will leave a lasting legacy on the organisation.
“Ian was appointed CEO of Anglicare WA in April 1995. He has been CEO for nearly 25 of Anglicare WA’s 43 year history, and has overseen phenomenal expansion in the organisation’s service delivery. It’s a remarkable achievement.”
Click here to read a profile of Ian in The West Australian.
Brotherhood of St Laurence smashes the ‘avocado’ generation myth
Australia’s youth unemployment rate is stagnating at the levels seen in the early 2000s, despite 28 years of economic growth.
A disturbing analysis out today from Anglicare Australia member Brotherhood of St Laurence maps the 20 worst “hotspot” regions for youth unemployment, and confirms many regional and outer suburban areas bear the heaviest burden.
At 11.2% the youth unemployment rate, for those aged 15 to 24 in the labour force, is still more than twice Australia’s overall unemployment rate (5%), at December 2018, and almost three times the unemployment rate of those aged 25 and over. Across Australia, this translates to a quarter of a million young people who are still unemployed.
In the lead up to a federal election, the Brotherhood’s Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, challenged policymakers to give Australia’s young people a fair go, including advancing solutions for the unprecedented challenges the emerging generation faces in the world of work in the 21st century.
“Young people come out of education and training with high hopes and aspirations for independence. It’s devastating that despite 28 years of continuous economic growth, too many young Australians are locked out of the prosperity dividend,” Ms Lenneberg said.
Click here to read more about the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s findings.
Young and Old brought together in friendship for new campaign to combat loneliness
#OLDMATE Queensland, a partnership between social impact strategists spur:org and Anglicare Southern Queensland, aims to reduce loneliness in people aged 18-35 and those over 65.
Anglicare Southern Queensland’s Amy Lee-Hopkins said the organisation cared for thousands of elderly people who regularly experience loneliness and hoped the campaign helped highlight that getting older doesn’t mean you stop being your own person with your own interests.
“It’s a misconception when you get older your passions, interests, hobbies, and experiences take a back seat. We look after many lovely, interesting people who have lived incredible lives and have so many stories to tell and wisdom to give,” Ms Lee-Hopkins said.
“We also know that up to 62 per cent of people aged 18-35 feel they lack companionship. #OLDMATE Queensland will help us bring these two groups of people together to build connection and hopefully lifelong friendships.
“We’re asking young Queenslanders to take the pledge to become a Young Mate and have a go at spending regular time with one of our Old Mates.”
Click here for more information about #OLDMATE Queensland and how to get involved.
Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers
The WA government will partner with Anglicare WA to implement a targeted trial of provides enhanced supports to vulnerable young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence.
The trial will provide enhanced support to vulnerable young people aged 18-21 transitioning from out-of-home care to independence.
Anglicare WA chief executive Mark Glasson said the pilot would be the first step towards achieving a better outcome for all young people with a State care experience.
“The involvement of young people with a State care experience was critical to the pilot design. They have the lived experience and know best what the young people taking part in the trial will need,” Mr Glasson said.
“We believe the Home Stretch trial will comprehensively demonstrate the benefit to both the participants, and the broader community of increasing the leaving care age to 21.”
Click here to read more about the trial. More information about the Home Stretch campaign is available here.
June 11 and 12: Compliance or improvement – What’s the evidence?
Anglicare Australia’s Clinical and Care Governance Network will hold a national meeting in Brisbane this June. Please mark the dates in your calendars now.
The CCGN hopes to encourage those involved in quality and risk across our services to be learning from each other across out-of-home care, aged care, disability, and mental health. This meeting will focus on the tension between an increased pressure to demonstrate compliance and our desire to improve the quality of care.
We hope to have a dinner on June 11 with a guest speaker to stimulate thinking on the theme. This will be followed by three key sessions on June 12 focusing on:
- Quality standards and frameworks across different services – how do they connect?
- Dealing with the growing pressure on compliance, while keeping the focus on quality of care.
- The role of the ‘client voice’ and the co-production of services.
For more information, contact [email protected].