young people

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Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
49,520 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to qld government

PENNY PAWS: Teaching Our Children Safety Awareness

Help Us To Make A Change! After the events that have occurred with OSHC Camp Australia within local schools in the Ipswich Area, we have discovered that alot of young children are unaware of what to do in a scary situation such as verbal abuse, neglect, physical harm, bullying ect. We are currently studying Diploma of Community Services and have a strong passion for assisting those who may not have a voice to stand up for themselves!  We have created a program to take to local schools. PENNY PAWS  MISSION: To teach children of Local School's safety awareness so they can determine the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong regarding personal safety as well as what to do if ever put in this situation. Then to continue on with other schools in the local area. Program will be based on teaching the children the following topics What is safety?  Stranger Danger Personal Space Speaking Up All sessions will have activity sheets for the kids to participate as well as videos and and games, all child friendly and age appropriate. Our mascot Penny the Leopard will teach the kids the 3 important steps to keep safe! She will use her paws and teach the kids to put their paws up in signs of danger. STOP. THINK "Am I comfortable with this? Am I in danger?" PUT YOUR PAWS UP and say "STOP I don't like it!" In a firm voice! Find someone you trust to speak up Penny will also use phrases like "That was Pawsome!" "Round of a paws!" as well as teaching the kids how to "Keep your paws to yourself" Each child who participates in this program will receive a certificate of completion with their name and class included as well as a small gift. We feel by doing this, it will benefit all children in being confident to speak up, knowing the risks and how to handle it without fear of judgement or consequence. Depression and Suicide is a major problem in young peoples lives these days and it something that most don't like to speak about but by participating in this program you can have a peace of mind knowing that your child is capable of speaking up and not suffering in silence and have a basic understanding of personal safety. This program will be no cost to the parents of participants or to the school, we will raise all funds needed to run this successfully and seek government funding once implemented to be able to continue this as it is a very important subject that doesn't get taught enough! If trial is successful, we will be able to continue on with a Grade 5 & 6 Program and a High School program which will incorporate suicide prevention, cyber bullying, etc.  This petition will help us to show that parents & the community are on board with this idea and want to see it happen! Child abuse needs to stop, and it takes a whole community to band together and make a stand! No child should ever live in fear or suffer in silence! If you agree with us and would like to see this program implemented in schools then please sign this petition and help us to help those in need! Thanks for reading and thanks for your support! "Penny Paws"  

Shannon Reynolds
88 supporters