Dads make a difference

Being a father A father is a male parent or carer of a child. A father may not be biologically related to his child or live with his child all the time. He may be a grandfather, step-father, foster father or adoptive father of a child. In this resource, the terms ‘dad’ and ‘father’ include these relationships. Some children might …

Financial Abuse!!

What 2 dreadful words!! Financial abuse is when your partner uses money, and other things that you might both own, to control you. Your partner’s behaviour may include – – controlling your access to finances such as cash, bank accounts, and benefits or pensions. – refusing to contribute to you and the family – doing things that cost you or …

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 …

Energy Poverty

Cant pay your energy or water bill? “Energy poverty” is a new word! “Definition is …..a situation in which a household must spend more than 10% of its disposable income on energy bills. Low income households (including pensioners) are the most vulnerable to this kind of poverty, because their energy bills take a large proportion of their disposable income. Many …

“Change the Story”

Since the age of 15 —– 1 in 5 Australian women have experienced sexual violence 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner   Domestic violence occurs when your partner makes you feel unsafe, afraid or powerless. This is against the law. Everyone has …

THE HUNGRY AND THE HOMELESS

Homelessness, poverty and hunger do not have a postcode.   There are no homeless, poor or hungry people in Dingley Village! It’s not our problem! Wrong! – We open our doors every day at the Neighbourhood Centre to many in need including the homeless, women and families and distress, the hungry and those living “below the poverty line”.  We help by …

Poverty Line

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research identities the “poverty line” in this country each quarter. The “poverty lines” are based on a benchmark income required to support a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Update on Australians living below poverty lines A key internationally accepted tool to measure disadvantage in rich countries is by calculating the …