Daily News - Monday 14 July 2014

Posted 14 July 2014 7:18am

Furniture donations to rough sleepers frowned on by charities as not helpful
Christopher Gillet, Herald Sun

Fridges, flat-screen TVs, Ikea furniture and even portable showers are being given to Melbourne’s growing homeless population in a move that experts say is harmful.

The Salvation Army, Melbourne City Mission, Home Safe and Melbourne City Council have all raised concerns over the practice, which they say is worst in the CBD’s Enterprize Park.

Organised groups of up to 50 people are driving in from suburbs such as Werribee and Carrum Downs with “bootloads” of supplies weekly — usually Saturday and Wednesday nights.


Canada - This Ad For A Homeless Shelter Is Also A Mini Homeless Shelter
Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

A curious ad campaign recently popped up in Vancouver. The backs of park benches have become billboards for Raincity Housing, a non-profit that helps the homeless. But they’re not just advertisements for a homeless shelter. Some of the ads actually transform into little shelters.


Homeless 'have more health issues'

Homeless people are almost twice as likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness, a new British study has found.

Using data from more than 2500 homeless people, the report by umbrella body Homeless Link found that 45 per cent had been diagnosed with mental health problems, compared to 25 per cent in the general population.


Dignity in identity: Byron Bay launches new resident homeless register
Margaret Burin, ABC

On frosty winter nights JB sleeps 'back to back' with another man.

It not only means one blanket can service two, but after darkness falls it offers a sense of safety-in-numbers.

Every morning after packing up his bed, he walks into town and checks on his friends.


US - NAMI Reports 80% Unemployment for People with Serious Mental Illness
Ruth McCambridge, Non Profit Quarterly

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has just released a report called “Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness,” and the findings are tough. People with serious mental illness have an unemployment rate of more than 80 percent.

According to NAMI, employment rates are on the decline, with 17.8 percent of people receiving public mental health services employed in 2012 as compared to 23 percent in 2003. These rates varied greatly by state, from 92.6 percent in Maine to 56 percent in Wyoming. The report found that most adults with mental illness want employment and sixty percent can succeed with support services, but a mere 1.7 percent received those services in 2012.


Global youth leaders here to talk up jobs
Simon King, The Australian

When the global young leaders of tomorrow sat down at the Y20 summit in Sydney there was one issue that united them — action on youth unemployment.

After consultation with the youth in their own countries and three months of online debate, the 120 delegates, representing the G20 nations’ 18-30 year olds, began workshops yesterday to draft a communiqué to influence the G20 summit — in Brisbane in November — to act on three key issues: youth unemployment, youth entrepreneurship and ­labour mobility. “We want G20 leaders to recognise that youth employment is a serious issue ... we want them to focus on that when they develop their own country plans,” one of Australia’s five delegates Tim Cameron, 27, told The Australian.

“In terms of Australia youth, we really want the G20 to think about really effective evidence-based ways to combat a problem.”


Concerns raised about youth unemployment rate in Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga business owners are invited to attend workshops linking them with employable youth.

Compact assists school leavers transition into work, and is holding meetings in Wagga this month to find employers looking for staff.


Youth woes are structural
Alexander Philipatos, Centre for Independent Studies

Much has been made of lacklustre employment levels for our youth. Last month, for example, then Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone labelled youth unemployment levels (currently 13%) 'a tragedy.'


Germany - New model against youth unemployment
Vera Freitag, Deutsche Welle

At the youth employment agency, employees from various government departments like career advisors, social workers and school board staff work together. In fact they are doing the same work that they have always done. But the difference is that they are now able to help young people better and faster.

"Previously young people used to often fall by the wayside as we used to send them from one department to the other," Djordan told DW. But now as employees from different departments sit side by side in the same office, young people are able to resolve the problems confronting them all at once, he added.


Allow worn-out workers ‘to retire’, says Susan Ryan
Natasha Bita, The Australian

Baby boomers worn out by working should be allowed to retire early at taxpayers’ expense, says Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.

Ms Ryan told The Australian that labourers or nurses who hurt their backs late in their careers should be given “early access’’ to the age pension at 55 or 60 if they could no longer do their jobs.

Manual workers should be ­retrained in their 50s for jobs with lighter duties, such as in the service sector, she said.


Determined voice against domestic violence
Claire Stewart, Australian Financial Review

It took five years for Angela Barker to learn how to speak again, after she was near fatally bashed by a former boyfriend at age 16.

Her parents were told she would never regain normal functioning; little wonder when she says the back of her skull was smashed so badly it looked like jelly. Her speech is still slow and she has to concentrate to form each word.

But that hasn’t stopped her speaking to more than 25,000 schoolchildren about a zero-tolerance attitude towards domestic violence, and lobbying hard to get young people out of nursing homes as a volunteer ambassador for the Summer Foundation, which works to improve the lives of the disabled young.


New gambling helpline provider for Canberrans
Tom McIllroy, The Canberra Times

Relationships Australia will take over responsibility for delivering the ACT's problem gambling assistance phoneline after a competitive government tender process for the three-year contract.

Racing and Gaming Minister Joy Burch announced the new management arrangements on Friday and defended the performance of former provider Mission Australia in the service's first three years.


Fears NDIS blind to remote reality
Rick Morton, The Australian

The agency responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been criticised for dragging the chain on involving Aboriginal Australians in the rollout of the $22 billion social reform after throwing the sector into confusion at the weekend.

A post on the NDIS website, which appeared to go live on Friday, was taken by disability groups as confirmation the agency had finished its negotiations with the First Peoples Disability Network and announced a multi-million package for indigenous Australia.


Senator Ricky Muir and the balance of horsepower
Sophie Morris, The Saturday Paper

In his office, Muir is reflecting on what it’s like to be unemployed, to scrimp and save to pay the bills, to forgo new tyres on the car in order to make a mortgage payment.

He was out of work when he was elected, after losing his job during a downturn at the sawmill where he was employed. “I lost my job. The election happened. The media made me look like some kind of unemployed bogan, I suppose, and then I was back into work. It was only a little period,” he says.


Estranged bedfellows: Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm
Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper

The two new ex-Liberal crossbench senators were meant to make the government’s life easier. But Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm have their own radically right-wing agendas.


Peter Shergold on advocacy and public policy
Good Policy, Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service (pdf)

Not all advocacy will be successful. Sometimes, organisations have to admit that they cannot, in the foreseeable future, turn the tide of political discourse in Australia. What other second-best options are acceptable? How can the arguments be better aligned to the public or political mood? Who is the most likely to be persuaded: don’t just talk to the Minister, don’t just talk to their political advisors and don’t just talk to senior public servants - it is the group of them together that has the impact. What other organisations can be persuaded to form a collaborative front? How can the media be convinced that the issue is significant? It is through exploring all opportunities in a creative manner that a mood for change can be created


Policymaking requires sensitivity to emotion, publicity and performance as much as it does to knowledge and principles
Richard Frence, LSE, British Politics and Policy

The most common assumption on the part of political theorists, many political scientists, as well as a host of other actors such as civil servants, editorial writers, and empirical researchers of all kinds, is that citizens judge policy in the same way as they imagine they themselves do – by explicit epistemological standards (they would appeal to ‘science’ or ‘evidence’ or ‘principle’). But the most politically significant judgments are based upon the meaning of the policy as apprehended by citizens, not in terms of some kind of propositionally rigorous analysis, such as a demonstrated causal relationship among variables or a deduction from first principles. And the moment of judgment is most often at the point of the announcement of the policy, well before any of its results are likely to be evident.


Civil Society: National Centre for Excellence consultation and engagement
National Centre for Excellence consultation project

During July, a paper outlining potential models for the NCE will be published and then a second round of stakeholder feedback will sought before a final report and recommendations is prepared for the Department of Social Services. To read more about the overall project plan, visit this page.

The phase 2 consultation will include an online survey, stakeholder interviews and “Engagement Workshops” in August. These workshops will be up to four hours duration. The workshops we have proposed are:

PERTH – Tuesday, 5th August 9am – 1pm at a CBD location
MELBOURNE – Wednesday, 6th August 1pm – 5pm at a CBD location
BRISBANE – Tuesday, 12th August 9am – 1pm at a CBD location
SYDNEY – Wednesday, 13th August 9am – 1pm at a CBD location


The Coming End of Corporate Charity, and How Companies Should Prepare
Paul Klein, Forbes

The end of corporations giving money to charities and getting nothing in return is close at hand.

As the pressure to quantify all results intensifies, businesses are finding that the most meaningful social change happens when they stick to the business of business. This is evident in the way corporate social responsibility has evolved. Once primarily a vehicle for corporate philanthropy, CSR as it is practiced today usually consists of measurable business activities that are also good for society. In this context, traditional corporate philanthropy is considered an inappropriate use of capital, a distraction of time and resources from business activities that will accomplish more.


How an Excess of Social Capital Can Hurt the Poor
Joe Carter, Acton Institute PowerBlog (video)

What are the barriers that prevent the poor from moving into the middle class? One surprising answer, says Megan McArdle, is an excess of social capital.


Impact Investing reaches the Vatican - Conference: Investing for the Poor
INSEAD, blog

he growth of the Impact Investing sector has attracted the attention of the Catholic Church which is discussing the ways in which the logic, frameworks, and opportunities in impact investing can help the Church in achieving its mission of alleviating poverty worldwide.

Our own Prof. Filipe Santos was the opening speaker at the conference, which took place in Rome June 16-17. The conference web-site provides a complete overview of the conference, knowledge resources about impact investing, and summary of the discussions and conclusions from the gathering. Check: http://www.investingforthepoor.org


Catholics in Business Wrestle With Pope Francis' Attacks on Capitalism
Gregory Millman, The Wall Street Journal

Since his election last year, Pope Francis frequently has turned his attention to global business.

"The economy can no longer turn to remedies that are a new poison, such as attempting to increase profits by reducing the workforce," he wrote In November.

Such comments, typical of this pope's statements, writings and even tweets, have Catholic executives struggling to remain faithful to their religion and loyal to their stockholders.


Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles.

The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.

He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".

But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words.

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