Annual Report 2017 - 2018
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The 2017-18 financial year was not just another year of significant growth for Menslink. That said, it represented the fifth straight year of 30% growth in direct client support and the fifth anniversary of our Silence is Deadly campaign which reached nearly nine thousand young men across the region.
We continue to innovate and evolve, as we responded to changing needs and demographics among the young men and families we serve. We have grown and strengthened our programs throughout the year, thanks to the great support from the ACT Government, our business sponsors and the community at large.
Key highlights from 2017-2018
Made the following innovations:
- In response to requests from mums, backed up by police, educators and community services, we extended our services down to 10-12 year olds for the first time.
- In order to retain the “small community feel” of our mentoring program while meeting increased demand, we split our mentoring program into smaller groups or “crews” that provide a better environment for mentees to bond with a group of young and older men; and
- After a successful pilot last year, we rolled out our PRIDE small group program in another five schools, targeting young men who can’t or won’t access one:one support.
Increased our capacity and delivered for the community:
- Increased the number of young men receiving counselling support by 30%, representing more than a hundred additional clients, with a 37% increase in the number of counselling sessions provided;
- Increased the number of young men in our mentoring program by 16%, largely reflecting a higher retention rate and more mentors returning for a second match after their first has graduated from the program (key indicators of program quality);
- Delivered 77 Silence is Deadly presentations to 8,900 young men, a slight (7%) decrease on a record year in 2016-17;
- Took 40 high school students through our PRIDE program, teaching self-esteem, values, positive relationships and anger management skills in an eight-week program. This represented a four-fold increase from the previous year;
- Welcomed over five hundred guests to our 2017 Business Breakfast to hear former ACT Australian of the Year Alan Tongue talk about helping and inspiring others;
- Held our second Big Night Out fundraiser with over 450 supporters getting together for a terrific night, raising a record $160,000 for our programs;
- Delivered our free support to young men for an average cost of $1,269 per client, an increase of just over 2% from the previous year but down 44% over five years;
- Expanded our premises, doubling the number of counselling rooms and providing additional office space for staff; and
- Continued to invest in our systems and training to improve quality, efficiency and outcomes for staff, volunteers and our young men.