|BikiCrumbs: Socioeconomica…y Disadvantaged|
- People or families who lack sufficient income to obtain adequate health, food, housing and clothing that the rest of society can afford.
- Find it difficult to ensure an adequate standard of living.
- Often unemployed and rely on social security and services
- Often in situation due to a disability, illness, living in a remote area.
- Can be caught in the poverty cycle.
- 12.6% of children in Australia live in households with incomes less than 50% of the national mean.
- Sole parents, migrants, Aboriginals and low income employees usually fall into this group.
Access to Services
- Need to access a variety of service to improve the standard of living
- Need to develop knowledge, understanding and skill in identifying and accessing resources as well as problem solving in managing their own situation.
- Some have need for permanent employment
- Need to be employed to improve their standard of living and self*esteem.
- The ‘working poor’ need to have their income supplemented with access to a variety of resources at no extra cost.
- Need in order to make ends meet.
- Cheaper loans, assistance in purchasing furniture, clothing and assistance in meeting the cost of schooling and sporting activities is needed.
- They suffer from more chronic illnesses thus affordable, quality health care, medicines and treatments are required along with preventative educational strategies.
- Need assistance to secure housing that is safe, cheap and well maintained and appropriate to their needs.
Safety and Security
- Need access to safe and secure housing in better areas.
- Need activities and recognition that help develop positive self esteem.
- Self esteem can be improved through schemes such as a Community Garden Project.
Sense of Identity
- Lack of money, employment and adequate living conditions can contribute to the socioeconomically disadvantaged questioning their sense of identity.
- Need to feel good about themselves and their achievements.
- Need to adopt strategies the overcome feelings of failure. This could involved moving out of the situation causing them hardship such as leaving a partner with a gambling problem and utilising family and community support can lead to a greater sense of worth.
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