From Our CEO, Jo Swift

Prevention Strategies Imperative in Fight Against Homelessness.

Jo at deskSummer is usually a wonderful time of year in Melbourne. The city is flooded with visitors, many of us enjoy the balmy nights at restaurants or one of the great events that contribute to the vibrancy of our beautiful city.

Sadly, 2017 began with confronting images of the ‘Homeless Camp’ on Flinders Street along with violent scenes as the City of Melbourne attempted to move people on.

Would we, as a community not be better placed to act in providing greater services to assist these people in finding long-term housing and develop and fund greater preventative strategies? We have the capacity to heal and look after our community. We should be wrapping our arms around people who need help, not treat them as criminals.

The homelessness crisis gripping our nation will not disappear but will increase rapidly if more is not done to prevent people from becoming homeless, and it starts with young people. Early intervention strategies, like our Studio Program, are imperative in the fight.

There is an incredible need for more conversation about providing a constructive solution to the damaging problem of homelessness, a conversation that personally I wish we did not have a need for, but I believe one that is well and truly overdue.

On a lighter note, I was delighted to be a part of another successful Cubby House Challenge®.  We are incredibly grateful to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, without this ongoing support and that of our partners, supporters and sponsors the event would not be such a terrific success. I encourage you to read about the event and look at the photos from the night on pages 6 and 7.

I would like to make special mention of our Philanthropic Partner, Gandel Philanthropy, who supported this year’s event again with a matching grant of up to $70,000. We are incredibly grateful for this vital support which will have a huge impact on the crucial work we can undertake through our studio program during 2017/18.

Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to the many generous donors who supported our end of year appeal. It’s heart-warming to know that you care as much as we do about keeping young people from becoming homeless.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Kids Under Cover, I hope you find this edition of Undercover News to be informative and inspiring.


Jo Swift

Chief Executive Officer

Kids Under Cover



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