Two Words a Parent doesn’t want to hear….I’m hungry

As parents there is nothing better than preparing a home cooked meal that you know will nourish your family and help them grow. But what if you have no food, and your child says “I’m Hungry?” How do you explain that all that week’s income has gone on rent and utility bills leaving little left for food. It is a …

“I just want to go to school”

“I just want to go to school” says Rachael. But recent statistics tells us that 1 in 5 children go to school hungry. Teachers are increasingly concerned their students are skipping breakfast, leaving them unable to properly focus on lessons. The consequences of children coming to school without a nutritious breakfast are significant, with teachers estimating they lose more than …

Financial Counsellor Julie

At Make A Difference Dingley Village we offer free a Financial Counselling service offering information and support to individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulties, on a Wednesday by appointment. Our Financial Counsellor Julie can help you work through your options. She can: – Assess your financial situation – Provide information about government or other assistance that may be …

HOMELESS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORD!

Homeless- What a Terrible word! Vital signs—more than 18,500 people are estimated to be homeless in Melbourne. – 1 in 5 spend more than 30% on housing. – Housing affordability stress is particularly acute for private renters, single person house holds and low-income home purchasers.   Homelessness can happen for a number of reasons.  We know that family violence, and …