In 2016 BASE Services established 2nd Shot an innovative pathway, which provides hospitality training, employment opportunities and wrap-around support to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Toowoomba.
To see people exit homelessness and live with a sense of dignity.
To break the cycle of homelessness by providing training and employment opportunities to people experiencing homelessness.
People experiencing homelessness are often desperate to get a job, which is hard as not only do they lack accommodation but the majority of people experiencing homelessness left school before Year 10 with no formal education and are experiencing long term unemployment.
Participants are employed for six months while they complete a Certificate I in Hospitality, and have opportunities to complete other certificates and training including Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Service of Gambling, First Aid, budgeting and tenancy courses.
While employed participants engage in case management to work through barriers to employment and housing.
What is homelessness?
There were 116, 000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia on census night in 2016. This equated to 1 in 200 Australia.
People who are homeless in Australia are classified into one of six categories. These are:
- improvised dwellings, tents, sleepers out
- supported accommodation
- people staying with other households
- boarding houses
- other temporary lodgings
- severely overcrowded dwellings.