Stepping into 2022

At the end of 2021, most of us hoping for a better 2022. We hoped for the same thing back at the end of 2020. 

But, not everything about 2021 was bad, although the enduring pandemic, the survival of Trumpism, uninspiring climate crisis leadership, and spectacular failings to address the endemic misogyny in our national parliamentary culture (and by extension, the rest of the country) could have us believe otherwise.

What we continue to see, and be inspired by, is the way our communities come together to support each other. Isolation reminds us every day of the value we all have for each other as human beings, as family, as friends, as work colleagues, as customers and employees and business owners, as students and teachers. Not to mention the value of our health professionals who stand strong under fire from the forces of ill-informed self-interest, and the firies who will yet again be called on for herculean effort, if recent summers are anything to go by.

Throughout the pandemic, the need for a strong and capable community sector has never been clearer. The ACT government has acknowledged this by making additional funding available for our Canberra providers this year. But it’s not enough, and needs addressing at a national level. Indexation for social homelessness funding would be a welcome, if token, gesture.

The Canberra Times reported on 11 Oct 2021 ‘Close to $14 billion of taxpayer funds went to businesses with rising profits in the first six months of the JobKeeper scheme.’ If the country needs fiscal stimulus, give the funds to us. We’ll put every dollar to good use. The community sector is the home of not-for-profits. When the community sector spends its revenue, it all goes back into your community.

This year we will continue to assist the ACT government to provide support to people with high and complex needs who are homeless or at risk for pandemic-related circumstances, and to their efforts to house people sleeping rough. Our specialist programs have seen us supporting over 60% of the people in these two groups identified by ACT Housing as needing this support.

As we step into a New Year, A huge thank you goes out to the people who make EveryMan possible – our awesome staff, who show up every day ready to go the distance to make a difference, and our amazing Board of Directors, for your leadership, guidance and never-ending support for us. And to the people who use our services and the people who refer you to us. We acknowledge the trust you put in us to take on your interests and concerns and work towards outcomes that matter to you.

If you haven’t heard of us, just consider that there are men in your life who haven’t yet fallen over. Keep your eyes open and be ready to catch them – we’re only a phone call or a message away.

Greg Aldridge


EveryMan Australia

A year of recognition 

2021 was a (well deserved) year of recognition for EveryMan Australia employees. A huge Congratulations to our Indigenous Support and Accommodation Team who received the 2021 ACT NAIDOC Non-Indigenous Contribution of the Year Award. Our Senior Coordinator of Community Services Erin, who was nominated as a finalist for Lifeline Canberra's Women of Spirit Awards 2021 and last but definitely not least Greg Aldridge, CEO of EveryMan as nominee under the Senior category for the 2022 ACT Australian of the Year Awards.

In addition to the above, some of the highlights from 2021 and what our values mean in action include:

  • Our newest recruit, Dewayne Huckle, won the Director’s Student Award at the CIT Yarauna Centre, and was nominated for NAIDOC Student of the Year.
  • Simon Port, Violence Prevention Services Manager, achieved NSW registration for EveryMan’s Behaviour Change Program AND completed a Graduate Certificate in Men's Behaviour Change Individual and Group-work Interventions.
  • As part of our commitment to enhancing leadership, seven EveryMan leaders became accredited Thrive coaches with Engenesis, a company committed to providing transformation in leadership and effectiveness. 

It was an honor to be recognised and nominated in these categories and we thank everyone for the ongoing support.

Read more on the blog

A special thanks 

The Christmas period can be a happy and joyful time for many, however for others Christmas can be stressful.

Some people find that the Christmas spirit can be undermined by financial and time pressures, isolation, family tensions, separation and divorce, bereavement or reflecting on another year gone by.

Each year we are overwhelmed by the love and support from community members and our close contacts. This year is no different and we would like to thank everyone for their donations leading up to Christmas and throughout the holiday season.

Toora Women and EveryMan 

As some of you may know, Susan Clarke-Lindfield, Toora Women Inc. CEO retired at the end of last year.

Susan has been an inspirational leader over the past 10 years and an advocate within the ACT community sector. We have worked closely with Susan and her team to develop an interagency relationship and programs that work with families to improve the quality of life for men, women and children.

On behalf of EveryMan Australia, we would like to thank Susan for her contribution to the sector and to our combined forward-thinking innovative programs. We wish her all the best for the next phase of her life.
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“Rise above it all”: Erin’s story

25 November 2021 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Our lovely Erin was featured in a HerCanberra article for her contribution to the community. 

Check out the full article via the link below.

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