Supporting causes to assist in keeping communities healthy
For us, every day is a new challenge in water and waste and rising to these challenges is a big motivator across our team at Unitywater.
We appreciate what it takes to make an impact and this is reflected in our approach to supporting the communities in which we all live.
Our community program focuses on working with organisations, councils and government agencies to address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges we know to exist across our Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa.
We have identified five key causes to help us focus our efforts to drive quality outcomes and to create a better community together.
There are many social problems that force people into homelessness such as the loss of job security, rising rents, serious physical or mental illness, domestic and family violence, serious addiction and more. It can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
The term homeless is about more than people that are sleeping rough, it includes people living inadequate accommodation, those moving from one shelter to another, or people couch surfing.
Domestic and family violence has emerged as one of the greatest social challenges in Australia. It can happen to anyone in any relationship, spanning across different communities, ages, cultures and genders. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017 Personal Safety Study results, it is estimated that one in four women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime.
Every year, approximately one in five Australians experiences a mental health issue and mental health issues are now the third leading cause of disability in Australia. Locally, our work across the other causes we support has highlighted for us the role mental health issues play in contributing to a healthy community.
Many children and youth across our Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa face challenges and need extra support. They may have varying abilities, additional health needs, experienced neglect or trauma or, for reasons beyond their control, be living in out-of-home care. We are committed to playing a role in building brighter and better futures for young people in our communities through supporting this as one of our causes.