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.