Around 5% of the Australian population experience deep and persistent disadvantage. These are often single parents, the unemployed, Indigenous people, people experiencing rental stress or housing insecurity and those on very low incomes. Disadvantage means ‘a lack of appropriate resources to maintain an adequate standard of living. It goes beyond inadequacy of income to include concepts of economic and social participation’. Building community connections and opportunities for people to build relationships, to access opportunities and resources, helps to reduce isolation and builds resilience for people experiencing disadvantage.
ADRA Australia works to build community through project activities that connect people through producing and sharing food, that reduce isolation for the elderly, that build resilience in young people and that are available and welcoming, including:
- Establishment and operation of six community gardens
- One seniors connect program
- Two youth mentoring and adventure therapy programs
- 30 Op Shops