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Channeling Best Intentions – Pro Bono Australia

Date: 17 May 2018
The social sector has a responsibility to partner with corporates for maximum social impact, writes Melbourne City Mission CEO Vicki Sutton.

Sleep at the ‘G: Thousands to camp at MCG to combat youth homelessness – Herald Sun

Date: 15 May 2018
THOUSANDS of Victorians will roll out their sleeping bags for a night at the G’ to raise money to fight against youth homelessness.

Youth Week Media – The Feed, SBS (video) 

Date: 16 April 2018
In Episode 37 of The Feed, Tom, a member of our Frontyard Youth Advisory Committee, is interviewed about his experience of homelessness and his education journey while experiencing experiencing homelessness. Tom's interview starts around 3:15 into the video. Watch it on SBS on Demand!

Call the MCG your home for one night – Herald Sun 

Date: 11 April 2018
Grab your mates and spend one memorable night in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday 17 May.

Melbourne Demons Christian Petracca, Michael Hibberd freeze for Sleep at the ‘G – Herald Sun 

Date: 10 April 2018
DEMONS star Christian Petracca experienced the full brunt of Melbourne’s arctic weather high above the MCG turf on Monday.

Bed crisis hurts homeless – Maribyrnong Leader (PDF)

Date: 3 April 2018
Featured on the home page of the Maribyrnong Leader, Melbourne City Mission chief executive officer Vicki Sutton advocates for extra refuge spots in Maribyrnong for our homeless youth in crisis.

Inspire Me! Teach Me! Don’t Crush My Dreams – Probono Australia

Date: 27 March 2018
Melbourne City Mission chief executive officer Vicki Sutton reveals what students want from school careers advice.

Homeless figures on the rise in Wyndham – Star Weekly

Date: 27 March 2018
The number of homeless people living in Wyndham has increased by 76 per cent within five years, according to new statistics.

Letter to the editor: Act on homelessness, now – The Age

Date: 15 March 2018
Read Vicki Sutton's Letter to the Editor in The Age. You can also download the media snippet here. (PDF)

Housing and liveability: Canberra must step in and show leadership – The Age

Date: 7 March 2018
Read our CEO Vicky Sutton's letter to The Age on the topic on the connection between expulsion and homelessness.
It's about halfway down the letters page, titled "Careful approach".

"A paw in need" – University of Melbourne

Date: 7 February 2018
A pilot program has brought in therapy dogs to help support young people experiencing homelessness as research probes the underlying causes.

"Okay. Let’s make some music” – Inside Story

Date: 22 January 2018
Youth homelessness is more than a question of affordable accommodation. A new project based at Frontyard Youth Services shows how music can play an unexpected role.

On a mission to care – Star Weekly

Date: 12 December 2017
Melbourne City Mission has opened a new disability support hub in Werribee ahead of the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming to the west next year. 
Date: December 2017 
A number of articles by Melbourne City Mission were featured in Parity Magazine's December 2017 conference edition. A summary of each article is below. Download the PDF file to read the full articles.
Understanding family conflict as it relates to young people experiencing homelessness’
Principal of Melbourne City Mission’s The Hester Hornbrook Academy Dave Wells reflects on the development and growth of The Hester Hornbrook Academy from 2012 to today, with 164 students in eight classrooms across five campuses; and shares his learnings about responding to youth homelessness. 
‘Housing isn’t everything: Music therapy in youth homelessness’
Many young people connect with music as part of their social world, to explore their identity, or just to relax. It is in this context that music therapy offers an opportunity to connect with young people, and to support and strengthen their pre-existing coping mechanisms; delivering a truly strengths-based intervention. 
'Exploring the use of animal assisted interventions with youth experiencing homelessness’
Finding effective ways to support young people experiencing homelessness is important. This project was designed to examine the influence of animal assisted activities at Frontyard Youth Services, working with young people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The pilot program involved over 170 young people participating in weekly animal assisted activities, with these activities playing a key role in the lives of the young people, particularly related to their sense of wellbeing and connectedness. 
‘Understanding family Housing isn’t everything: Music therapy in youth homelessness’
Breakdown of family relationships is the most frequently identified reason that young people seek help with homelessness and feel unable to return home. We can better prevent youth homelessness or intervene early to respond if we better understand the nature and causes of this critical driver.

Date: 25 September 2017
A group of youth activists has called for more young Australians to get involved in volunteering and social issues, at a compassion booth event held in Melbourne.

Date: 7 August 2017
Foster care children are expected to move out of their state care home and live independently as soon as they turn 18-years-old. But what happens if they aren't financially, mentally or physically ready to go it alone at age 18? Vicki Sutton from Melbourne City Mission explains one tragic consequence: youth homelessness.

Date: 17 November 2016
Choosing how we live is relatively easy. Choosing how we die is not as straightforward. While the debate about euthanasia goes on, palliative care is the main option for people with a chronic or terminal illness who are managing the end of their lives.

Novak Djokovic Foundation donates $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission early childhood learning program – ABC News

Date: 1 February 2016
Novak Djokovic's charitable foundation has donated $20,000 to Melbourne City Mission's early childhood education program to help disadvantaged children.

Why young women sleeping rough can never feel truly safe – SBS

Date: 30 August 2018
Swathes of women are being pushed into living rough, vulnerable and in need of support.

Calling for action on a “national crisis” – homelessness and housing insecurity – Croakey

Date: 16 August 2018
On Census night in 2016, there were 116,427 Australians recorded as homeless – a 14 per cent increase on the number recorded in the previous Census. Homelessness has risen in Australia by 30 per cent in the past decade. To address this “national crisis”, structural reforms to address poverty and a broken housing system are needed, according to Deborah Fewster, General Manager, Policy, Public Affairs and Impact, Melbourne City Mission.