Help us fight poverty and hardship
Vinnies is working to shape a more just and compassionate society. We do this by standing in solidarity with people who are living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage.
Anti-Poverty Week is being held from Sunday, 12 October to Saturday 18 October, and focuses on poverty around the world, including Australia. It includes the UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day, 17 October, 2014.
Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor.
In Anti-Poverty Week, YOU can help fight poverty and hardship!
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:
- Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
- Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
To begin the awareness week, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) launched its annual Poverty Report on 11th October, 2014. ACOSS has a strong policy focus on poverty and inequality in Australia.
In its inaugural Poverty in Australia 2013 edition, ACOSS found that there are approximately 2,265,000 people, or 12.8% of all people in Australia, who are living below the OECD poverty line of 50% of median wage. Read the 2014 report in full at www.acoss.org.au
What you can do
Participation in Anti-Poverty Week has grown rapidly in recent years, with activities such as public lectures, workshops, conferences, debates, concerts, displays, sports days and media briefings being organised.
Last year, at least 1,000 organisations around Australia participated in more than 450 activities during the Week, with a total participation of more than 10,000 people.
Four ways the average Australian can make a difference this Anti-Poverty Week…
- If you are involved in a community group or sporting association, ask them to think about doing something to help raise awareness.
- Volunteer your time and help and organisation working with disadvantaged people.
- Join in on an Anti-Poverty Week activity or event being held in your local area – visitwww.antipovertyweek.org.au to find out more
- Give today and help the 1 in 8 Australians living in poverty – visit https://www.vinnies.org.au/donate
What Vinnies does
We believe that empowering people, not blaming them, is the answer to combating the poverty that affects one in eight Australians. Vinnies assists people living in poverty by conducting home visits, and providing company and assistance with food and utility bills, but we maintain the problems lie in greater structural issues in the labour market and inadequacy of support payments such as Newstart.
As a means of significantly reducing poverty in prosperous Australia the St Vincent de Paul Society is especially calling on the federal government to increase the Newstart Allowance by $50 a week and to develop a National Jobs Plan including regional economic development programmes for areas of high unemployment rather than persisting with approaches that blame and punish people for their exclusion from the labour market.
We pride ourselves on providing a hand up, not a hand out. Recognising people’s need to be heard is critical to the success of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia. This involves really listening to the people who have been pushed to the margins of our society and who are experiencing poverty.
- Read Paul’s story of surviving poverty or these personal accounts of people experiencing severe cost of living pressures.
- Learn more about the Vinnies advocacy work in the areas of low income support, housing and much more.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has a range of services and programs. Simply click on the relevant links below to find out what is on offer in your state or territory. Alternatively, contact your state and territory by visiting the Contacts page on this website.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Society simply click on one of the links below to be taken to your state or territory’s volunteer page. It will have all the information you need to make a difference in someone’s life. People who cannot volunteer their time with the Society may be interested in making a donation. To find out how you can make a difference in someone’s life today visit the donate section of this website.