Employment is seen as a pathway out of poverty, and necessary for social inclusion.
Australia faces very low rates of employment. Even transitioning out of homelessness, people are trapped in a state of poverty. While it doesn’t necessarily address the root causes, employment focuses on breaking the cycles of homelessness. With the amount and stability of income, employment can reduce the duration of homelessness. It also supports the management of mental health conditions, drug and alcohol addiction, and social exclusion.
However, employment isn’t just the financial stability. It’s the empowerment, the feeling of self-worth, independence, and the freedom to live.
Our first employment initiative is our cafe Ground+Co, which trains and employs those facing barriers to employment. It is with the intention our Employment Program participants are in a better position to transition into long term employment, and sustainable housing.
Job focused social enterprises, also known as work integration social enterprises (WISEs), directly address unemployment for disadvantaged job seekers. They are a proven way to support the development of, and create sustainable employment outcomes for, the most disadvantaged people, groups and communities.
WISEs work because they offer real-world employment settings combined with development support to help the most disadvantaged job seekers secure sustainable employment. To learn more, head to the “Social Enterprise – A people-centred approach to employment services” report which outlines how employment-focused social enterprises offer an alternative people-centred approach to mainstream employment solutions.
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