August 2019
NEWSLETTER: Homelessness Week, new staff, November TiR visit and more!
At the start of Homelessness Week 2019, we shine a light on people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is on the rise around Australia, but if we are to address this problem we need greater recognition of the fact that homelessness is the result of the problem, it's not the problem itself.
The problem is with housing affordability, the fact that you cannot live on Newstart, it’s a consequence of health, substance use and mental health services failing often highly vulnerable people. In fact, homelessness is as much an issue of health than it is of housing, which is why this years Homelessness Conference them e is 'Prevention'.
T he significance of Homelessness Week, run nationally by Homelessness Australia , cannot be understated. 2019's message is 'Housing Ends Homelessness'.
Here in Adelaide, we will join with our partners and friends, who share our vision for a fairer world, by attending events like Homelessness SA’s Memorial Service for people who have died sleeping rough and Hutt St Centre's annua l Walk a Mile in My Boots event.
We are also calling for applications from innovative, grassroots social change initiatives that support people sleeping rough for The Funding Network's first eve r Adelaide event . It’s a live crowdfunding event, focused on homelessness and we hope you can join us.
Another way you can help this week is to find the time to participate in the important South Australian Housing Authority’s YourSAy's 'Housing and Homelessness Strategy' survey.
Looking forward, we will be welcoming Dr Nonie Brennan for her Thinkers in Residence visit focused on homelessness in November plus much more!
If you like what you see, we hope you will consider  attending , joining , donating , partnering   or volunteering  to help us inspire action for a fairer world.

Finally, as my last newsletter as Executive Director, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved with the Don Dunstan Foundation. It's been a pleasure working with you all. I'm incredibly proud of everything that has been achieved over the past three years and sincerely appreciate all of the well wishes I've received over the last few weeks.

As Don used to say, 'There is much more to be done!' and I couldn't agree more.


David Pearson  
Executive Director  
Don Dunstan Foundation 
Homelessness Week
7 August, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
Our sixth Homelessness Conference is now sold out! Thank you to everyone who has booked a ticket, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 7 Aug.

For those attending, the full schedule has been released. Feel free to download it in readiness for the conference.

For a refresher of what we talked about at last years conference, click here.
The Creative Revolutionaries team brings two special presentations by Amanda Stafford, Clinical Lead at Royal Perth Hospital Homeless Team and Michelle Cripps, Director of Centre for Creative Health, Royal Adelaide Hospital about health and homelessness from a Creative Perspective at Sparkke at the Whitmore.

8 August, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Walk a Mile in My Boots
9 August, 7.00 am onward
Multiple Locations
There are nearly 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia every year.

By joining Walk a Mile in My Boots, for people experiencing homelessness, you're helping someone doing it tough realise they are not alone. Because no person who is homeless should feel like they’re walking alone.

Annual Memorial Service
9 August, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Homelessness SA invites you to the Annual Memorial Service, remembering those who have passed away while experiencing homelessness in SA. To be held in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga, Western Promenade.

General News
New Executive Director Announced
We recently announced the appointment of Ritchie Hollands as the Foundation's next Executive Director, commencing in September. Previously the Official Secretary to South Australia’s Governor Hieu Van Le, Ritchie's career spans 20 years with roles in the executive, judicial and parliamentary arms of Government in both Adelaide and Canberra.

'I’m really looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the Foundation, while drawing on my professional experience in government as well as my volunteer roles in the social sector.'

Ritchie is the current President of the Australian Refugee Association, and has served as an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, seeking to eliminate violence against women.

Meet Our New Team Members
Welcome to our two new staff members Gemma Burdon and Jess Starling.

Gemma Burdon (left) has joined us as the new Deputy Director with a focus on Marketing and Communications. Gemma started in May, joining us from RAA, and will be working on the strategic direction of the Foundation and its fundraising, marketing and communications.

Our new Projects and Marketing Officer, Jess Starling (right), also joined us in May. Jess will be working on the Adelaide Zero Project as well as marketing across the Foundation.

Dunstan Shorts Episode 1
As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we took to the streets and asked university students if they knew who Don Dunstan was... here are the results!

Enjoy episode one of Dunstan Shorts below.

Adelaide Zero Project
Adelaide's Inaugural Event
The Funding Network is partnering with the Don Dunstan Foundation to host their first ever Adelaide event.

Call for applications are now open! We are looking for innovative, grassroots social change initiatives that support people who are currently experiencing, at risk of, or on their journey out of homelessness. Submit your application here!

The event will be an inspiring night of storytelling, raising vital funds, with a focus on ending homelessness. Don't miss your chance to get your idea heard and pitch to an audience of 150+ potential donors with a target to raise $15,000 or more for your organisation! Apply now!

$20 | 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm | 14 November 2019 | Location TBC (Adelaide CDB)
Aligned Housing
Research Report
The Aligned Housing Research Report provides the basis for the second phase of the Adelaide Zero Project, produced as part of the work of the Aligned Housing Working Group.

The report explores the need for aligning housing options and housing supply with individual needs and ongoing wrap-around support, using the data collected through the By-Name List.

Dashboard Update
The Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard tracks our progress towards achieving and sustaining Functional Zero street homelessness in the inner city.

You can see this month's data by clicking below.

Street Connect
If you see someone sleeping rough in the city, you can provide helpful information to enable Street to Home to visit that person and offer appropriate assistance.

Street to Home also ensure they are on the Adelaide Zero Project's By-Name List, with their permission.

yourSAy: Housing and Homelessness Strategy
It is important that the new Housing and Homelessness Strategy is shaped with input from as many South Australians as possible.

We encourage you to visit yourSAy and talk about the importance of tacking homelessness across the state.

Thinkers In Residence
November TiR Visit:
Dr Nonie Brennan
Dr Nonie Brennan will be visiting Adelaide in November as our next Thinker in Residence.

Over the last 15 years, Dr Brennan has served as the Chief Executive Officer of All Chicago Making Homelessness History.

Impressively, Dr Brennan has led an overall reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago by over 20%.

New Economy Network Australia
Adelaide Seminar
Does Australia need a new economy? The rising gap between rich and poor, and the deterioration of our climate system and biodiversity suggests we do.
Food. Housing. Energy. Water. Money. Work. Health. Media.

If you're ready to get involved in creating a new economy, this is a great opportunity to connect into existing initiatives, start one of your own, or find ways to collaborate with others.

FREE | 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm | 13 August 2019 | Makerspace Adelaide, 100 Franklin St.
Aboriginal Economic Empowerment
Recap of the 13th Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration
On 28 May 2019, the 13th annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration was delivered by David Rathman AM PSM FIML.

We've made the Oration video available to watch below or feel free download and read a copy of the transcript.

Mental Health
Fay Fuller Foundation's
Our Town Grant
The Fay Fuller Foundation is delighted to announce their new, long-term mental health funding for rural and regional South Australia.

South Australian towns can apply for up to 10 years of funding and support to tackle their specific mental health challenges. Applications close 5 August.

Partnership with AMES Australia over MARRNet
The Don Dunstan Foundation has entered into a strategic partnership with AMES. They are now the Presenting Supporter of the Migration and Refugee Research Network that we launched earlier this year.

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