Bidwill Uniting has now run the Getting Ahead program three times in Bidwill, and we are starting to see participants’ lives transformed.
Getting Ahead is an innovative program for people living in poverty to access resources they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Many people living in poverty are caught in a multi-generational cycle that can be difficult to escape.
Many Bidwill residents experience this generational poverty, which means that they miss out on opportunities that many of us take for granted. The cycle needs to be broken.
We all experience poverty to some degree in some of these areas at different times. However, people who have found themselves with very few resources across a whole range of areas need to be able to learn about and access these resources, few of which are material.
Getting Ahead is a 40 hour program that helps participants investigate and understand their own experience of poverty and the bigger picture systems that impact on them and contribute to poverty and disadvantage. This learning process enables people from disadvantaged communities to access the knowledge and resources that they need to successfully interact with other groups in society and move towards their goals, such as finding and maintaining employment.
Typically the 40 hour program is divided up into 16 sessions or 10 sessions, depending on the length of the sessions.
The Getting Ahead program aims for two levels of change:
All participants set themselves goals and are supported by the group to achieve these goals. The participants meet together weekly over a meal and work together to address issues for themselves and the community.
We are inviting people who are not experiencing poverty to participate in the course alongside local residents in order to: