Falconer visits Ladder
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Category: Frontpage

Falconer visits Ladder

With only a few weeks until the launch of Ladder un(Ltd), UK homeless youth services visionary Colin Falconer, has described the concept as an incredible breakthrough, on his recent visit to Melbourne.


With only a few weeks until the launch of Ladder un(Ltd), UK homeless youth services visionary Colin Falconer, has described the concept as an incredible breakthrough, on his recent visit to Melbourne.

Falconer, the creator of Open Talent,  a concept which focuses on harnessing the skills and talents of young people to help them reach their potential, praised the organisation after a recent visit to Melbourne to learn more about the launch of the new Ladder un(Ltd) program which has been based on the success of the Foyer Federation UK campaign.

“This is an exciting concept and there is a lot we could learn in the UK about the way Ladder is structure and aligned with the professional AFL sportsmen here,” said Falconer.

“The fact players donate money from every game and have such a strong and sustained link forged with their charity, is something I would love to see in the UK and potentially the Premier League.

“The future lies in these examples of alternative funding models that educate others to give.”

The Ladder un(Ltd) program focuses on moving young people to independence by identifying both the strengths of a young person and also their aspirations and dreams.  The program then provides services and opportunities that create a pathway to obtaining the skills (e.g. communication, project management, problem solving) which can make this dream achievable.

The young people involved also gain access to a range of programs which support their educational and vocational development, provide opportunities for community participation and enhance fitness and wellbeing.

For Ladder General Manager Mark Bolton, the imminent launch of the Ladder un(Ltd) program is very exciting and the feedback from Colin reaffirmed the organisation is heading in the right direction.

“Having access to the mind of Colin was fantastic and he provided a different perspective on not only our programs but even the structure of the AFL competition which I found very profound,” said Bolton.

“He was particularly taken by the fact there was a desire for equalisation in our sport, and that the system was designed to ensure the bottom teams gain access to draft picks and had every opportunity to eventually rise back to the top.

“He believed this was a lesson that was also indicative of the Ladder program and our belief that with a little help and direction any one can make it to the top of the Ladder.”

Colin has since continued his journey abroad where he continues to advocate for ‘Advantaged Thinking’ which focuses not on young people’s disadvantage, but instead on what talents, skills and capacity they have to contribute to our communities.

On departing Colin was adamant that the trip has filled him with fresh ideas and that he planned to take his learning and attempt to implement some of the practices of Ladder in the UK environment.

The team at Ladder will be working closely with Colin to share knowledge and see how both organisations can benefit from combined learning as this innovative new approach unfolds.


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