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What a difference a day makes....24 little hours...brought the sun and the flowers...where they used to be rays.

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Australia, the lucky country and Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. But not everyone’s lucky, some people are plain unlucky and they need a bit of help and support. Some a lot, some not much to turn their lives around... and that’s what Melbourne City Mission does across a whole range of programs everyday of the year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Tony's day starts early. He's part of our team supporting adults with a disability become more independent and learn new skills. 

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Watch where you're going! 

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At this Bridge's location there are 63 people heading to different activities for the day. Each individually tailored to their special abilities and interests.

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Well done.

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Two for twenty dollars, that’s the special.

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These people are learning budgeting and shopping to work towards managing their own finances. But after all that hard work, it’s time for music.

(Guitar music and singing)

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We provide community childcare and kinder for kids of all abilities. Meet Alex. We’ve a whole range of children’s programs and services supporting families with special needs. 

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He balanced a ball on his beak just for fun!

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There are 6,000 homeless young people in Victoria on any given day. At Frontyard we see 3,000 a year.

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Hey, how are you going?

Speaker 8

I’m ok?

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Are you waiting to come into Frontyard?

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Yea

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Yea, come through

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Frontyard is a one stop shop full of all the services that homeless kids from 12 to 25 need to get back on their feet. Somewhere safe to live, doctors, nurses, dentists, an optometrist, material aid, practical help, Centrelink, a legal service, specialised youth workers, family mediation, employment education and training, even our hairdresser to boost self esteem.

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Hey Lochie, this is James

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Hows it going James. Did you want to grab a seat.

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Frontyard’s Reconnect Program helps young people reconcile with family or find a different solution.

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Eh theres been some problems at home. I argue with my step dad a lot. He’s been hitting me recently.

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I can tell you that you safe here. This is a safe place and we’re going to make sure things stay that way.

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Melbourne City Mission sees 2000 job seekers a year and some need a bit of extra help and support to enter the workforce.

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Today we’re going to do just some basic job searching. So we’ll get on the internet, we’ll look at some newspapers. The aim at the end of today is to have two jobs that you can apply for and that we can help you through that process.

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Many young people referred to us aren’t ready for employment. Our Wheels program gives them a routine in their lives, plus confidence and skills. The barista training gives them an accredited certificate but it’s so much more than that. This is academic success for the first time in their lives. And the first aid course, they can use this too as a launching pad into a job or a stepping stone to a higher certificate.

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Put the seat belt on, nice and slow. Just leave the clutch down, start the car.

They may stall in their driving lessons but not in their lives. These young people are going somewhere.

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Our youth enterprise hub in the west of Melbourne was set up to work with kids from 16 to 25, who may be at risk, dropped out of school and not working. Print Side Up is one our programs to help kids, like 16 year old Indy learn through real work experience. Measuring dimensions, counting, stocktaking and designing have improved his literacy and numeracy skills so much, he’s gone back to school and now comes here just once a week.

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Happy with it?

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Yeah, just how I wanted it.

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Hello, what’s your name?

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Laura

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What’s going on

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Umm...We don’t have anywhere to stay tonight.

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Ok, we’ll just get you to come through and we have a talk about that, ok.

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Ok. Last night we had another fight, it was pretty bad and um... so I.. I packed my things up and just left

The most important thing I think is that we get you to see one of our nurses as soon as possible about the marks on your face and we find a safe place for you tonight, ok.

So what we’re going to do is we’re going to get you down to one of our refuges which is a safe place where there will be workers that will be with you all the time.

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An acquired brain injury could happen to any of us at any time. Our compass club house is unique in Australia; a place for people with an ABI to meet but also to empower them to realise their full potential.

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My acquired brain injury was due to being forced off the road. I ended up hitting the tree. Even in the…I was one of the top computer consultants in the country.

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I went to the shop to buy some cigarettes and got assaulted by six boys. Came up here and I thought it was another one of those services where you sit down and ‘oh you can’t use a sharp knife, you’ve got a brain injury’ – something I thought oh my god, this is what I’ve been looking for! Someone to, um, yeah a bit of you know responsibility and that type of stuff. They’ve paid for me to go to RMIT on leadership plus and two other members are here too. So it’s not just, um, what do you call it? Meaningless work to pass someone’s time. It’s real, yeah, helping myself and helping other people. And yeah, definitely, yeah. 

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Hi Laura, come on in darling, hello Max, how are you.

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Laura has arrived at our refuge for young women and their children. She’ll stay for six to eight weeks whilst we work to get her life back together.

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Hello, Anne-Marie from Melbourne City Mission to pick up Jordan.

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Ok I’ll go and get him for you.

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Jordan is seven years old and has a profound disability, which means pretty much full-on care for Mum and the family. So while we give them a well-earned break and some time to themselves, Jordan has some fun and great day out with our respite care worker, Anne-Marie.

(Music)

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We’ve been working in prisons for over 150 years. Today in Victoria there are 314 women in prison. Many are mothers with kids left on the outside. Angela works to keep mum and family connected and supported.

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Want a coffee or anything?

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After prison it’s tough not to return. Any hope to stay out may mean turning your back on your past life, even your friends. We help people get someone to live, but most importantly ongoing support so they don’t’ feel they are on their own.

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Without Melbourne City Mission, if you guys weren’t there to help me get housing and that support that came with it, well yeah excuse my French but I would have been fucked. 

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We build relationship with kids that are newly arrived in Australia and perhaps struggling to settle. Many from the horn of Africa, have never even been to school in their own war torn countries. But by building rapport and community networks for them, we create great futures.

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We make it possible for people to choose to spend the end of their life at home, rather than in hospital. 

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If there is any issues beforehand maybe you can page us, 24 hour service, ok..anytime of the day or night.

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We do this by providing all the practical and medical services they need, as well as spiritual, cultural and social support from our large team.

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So how are the boys coping?

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Ah Sue, their...lights of my life

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Yes, I can see that, their gorgeous.

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Alright cheers mate, bye.

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Our Intensive Support Workers are the SWAT team of Melbourne City Mission!

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Melbourne Youth Support, Wayne speaking

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Wayne, it’s Gina

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Gina, how you doing.  

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Not good Wayne, not good.

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No, What’s going on. 

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I’ve taken some pills, lots of pills Wayne, I took lots of pills.

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You’ve taken lots of pills Where’s abouts are you Gina?

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I’m in the gardens in Flagstaff, a path and lots of bushes and I don’t know Wayne...I don’t want to die Wayne.

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Stay calm, stay calm for a second, can you see the road?

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Wayne I don’t know

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Gina I need you to calm down for a second, is there anyone else with you?

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No

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How long ago did you take the pills?

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About half an hour

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Half an hour ago and you don’t know what they are

Speaker 27

Wayne I want to go asleep

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So just keeping talking to me for a second Gina.

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I don’t know, there were lots of them

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So just stay with me, I’m just going to walk outside of the room and get somebody to call an ambulance for me

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Don’t leave me Wayne

Speaker 26

I’m not going to leave you
Anslei, I need you to call me an ambulance to Flagstaff gardens, a young person named Gina who possibly had an overdose of fifty pills.

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Wayne it’s so cold

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Ok, Gina, I’ve got one of the other guys to call an ambulance. So I’m on my way, I’m just getting my stuff so keep talking with me and I’ll talk to you while I’m getting into the car and stuff ok.

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Ok, Alright, stay on the phone with me ...alright and I’ll meet you up there. So the ambulance is on the way...so what’s going on for you, what’s happened?

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