Putting a stop to poverty

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Assistance below the poverty line: Helpers lend a hand at Frankston’s Anti-Poverty week event. Picture: Supplied

COMMUNITY Support Frankston and the Frankston Homelessness Network have joined forces to hold an event commemorating Anti-Poverty Week.

The event, held on 18 October, was designed to encourage members of the community to engage with Community Support Frankston’s services. The non for profit, volunteer based service helps provide people in need with emergency food, grocery vouchers, and help with bills. CSF says they helped 13,000 people last year.

CSF manager Steve Phillips said “close to 3 million Australians are living below the poverty line. It’s important to strengthen the understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship.”

“The majority of people we see at CSF are living below the poverty line, trying to make ends meet. This is something we all need to address and work together to reduce.”

The event was held in conjunction with Frankston Council.

“Council recently endorsed support for the Raise the Rate campaign, calling on the Australian Government to raise the rate of newstart, youth allowance and related payments. When there are people still struggling to afford daily basics such as food and a roof over their head, something needs to change,” Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton.

“We need to work together to help reduce poverty and homelessness in our city. I would encourage residents to sign the online Raise the Rate petition.”

For more information on support services provided by Community Support Frankston, visit frankston.net.

First published in the Frankston Times – 29 October 2018

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  1. Hi, this sounds like such a great volunteer based organisation to help disadvantaged people, i was wondering, i am in year 9 from Peninsula Grammar in Mt Eliza, if you could please just answer one short question.
    – How is it possible to fix poverty and the cycle of poverty?
    Thank you

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