HOBART City Mission’s DIY Dads program has secured a $50,000 Social Investment Grant from Community Sector Banking.
DIY Dads is an innovative program equipping single fathers in southern Tasmania who do not have stable accommodation with the support and skills to live independently.
The program provides eight self-contained units for single fathers for up to two years, as well as services to assist them in living independently, such as budgeting.
Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said there was a desperate need in southern Tasmania for supported accommodation for single fathers with children in their care who were at risk of homelessness.
Community Sector Banking chief executive officer Andrew Cairns said he was delighted to support Hobart City Mission as a recipient of Community Sector Banking’s 2018 Social Investment Grants.
“DIY Dads’ innovative work supports single fathers to build the confidence and capabilities needed to provide stable accommodation for both themselves and their children,” he said.
Chair of the Independent Social Investment Grants Committee Bruce Argyle said he was honoured to support Hobart City Mission’s program.
“We were especially impressed by the level of innovation and support of DIY Dads to build the skills needed to live independently,” he said.
Community Sector Banking’s annual Social Investment Grants are designed to strengthen Australian not-for-profits and local communities.
“Programs that address the root cause of social issues are key to helping strengthen our communities, and this innovative program does just that,” Mr Argyle said.
“It considers the future needs of both single fathers and their children – empowering the fathers to build the skills needed to live independently and improve their situations for good.”
Caption: Independent Social Investment Grants committee chair Bruce Argyle, left, with Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley.