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Young person experiences their first AFL match thanks to the GWS GIANTS

A young person from the Ladder Step Up Western Sydney program attended their first AFL match thanks to the generosity of the GWS GIANTS. The young person, and their Ladder Development Coach had first class seats to the GWS GIANTS vs Sydney Swans derby match held last weekend. Ladder Development…

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Welcome Karen Paxman

You’ve just taken on a role at Ladder as a Development Coach. Can you tell us a bit about the role? Yes! I'll be working with and alongside young people, providing them with different opportunities and experiences which aim to engage, motivate, excite and ensure they have the best possible support t…

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Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2017

About Youth Homelessness Matters Day Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national campaign, held annually since 1990, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community. YHMD is a project of the National Youth Coalition for Housing. More than…

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Ladder officially opens its doors in Western Sydney

The Ladder Step Up Western Sydney program has been officially launched in Mount Druitt by the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, the Honorable Pru Goward MP. Ladder, with the support of major partners, the AFL, AFL Players and GWS GIANTS, will implement an early intervention program…

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Players from across all AFLW Clubs call on fans to support Ladder

In an historic move, players from across all AFLW Clubs are taking a united stand against youth homelessness. As they gear up to make history this weekend, players are urging the public to get behind Ladder and text Tackle to 0437 371 371 or visit ladder.org.au to make a donation. Spearheaded by…

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Ladder mentoring featured on Women's Footy Show

Melbourne Football Clubs' Karen Paxman is a mentor in the Ladder program. In a special feature story aired on Channel 9's Women's Footy Show, Paxman and her mentee give an insight into their relationship and explain what it means to them both. We would like to thank our partners, Education First…

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Camberwell Girls Grammar Walk-a-thon for Ladder

On Thursday 23rd February, students from Melbourne's Camberwell Girls Grammar School organised a charity Walk-a-thon to raise funds for Ladder. Camberwell Girls Grammar is a long-time supporter of Ladder and the latest fundraiser was a resounding success with a total of $1,537.65 raised. There was…

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Meet the Adelaide Crow's Courtney Cramey

Courntey Cramey was one of Adelaide Crow's first AFLW, being picked up as a priorty pick before the draft. The 31 year old never thought she would get the opportunity to play AFL at the highest level, but is making the most of the opportunity and starring in the past few matches, helping Adelaide…

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Meet the Melbourne Demons' Harriet Cordner

This week we are profiling Melbourne Football Club's ruck, Harriet Cordner. Harriet made the move from soccer to AFL to play for Melbourne, a club that has a strong connection to her family. She will be the eighth member of her family to play for the club and her grandfather, Don won a Brownlow…

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Western Bulldogs' Katie Brennan talks all things AFL Womens

After a standout start to the AFL Womens season, Western Bulldogs' Captain Katie Brennan sits down to discuss all things AFLW and her involvement with Ladder.

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Meet the GWS Giants Ashleigh Guest

Ashleigh Guest is a born and bred Victorian that plays her footy at VU Western Spurs in the VFL. However, when given the opportunity to move up to Sydney to start her AFLW career with the GWS Giants, she jumped at it the chance. Guesty is a massive Ladder advocate and the first interstate player…

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Watch out Kelly Slater! Young people from the Ladder program learn to surf

Young people in the Ladder program spent an afternoon learning to surf, thanks to the generosity of local business, Go Ride A Wave. Trent, one of the young people who attended, shared his experience; "Today Ben from the Ladder program [took us] for a surfing lesson at Ocean Grove. As we got…

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Meet Collingwood Football Club's Emma Grant

. The AFLW season kicks off tonight at 7:45pm with the Collingwood FC and Carlton FC battling it out at Ikon Park. To acknowledge the large number of AFLW players that have shown support for and are actively involved with Ladder programs, we be profiling a number of players over the next 8 weeks. …

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Meet the Western Bulldog's Emma Kearney

Emma Kearney is a Western Bulldogs priority pick player, star midfield for Melbourne University VFL side and Ladder supporter. She will run out tonight in the red, white and blue just days after finishing up the WBBL season where she plays with the Melbourne Stars. Emma has been a great support of…

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Meet the Melbourne Demon's Melissa Hickey

Melissa is one of the most decorated players in women's football. She has won several premierships with Darebin Falcons, been a member of the Melbourne FC women's side since it's inception, is a Marquee player for the inaugural AFLW competition and was recently named in the Melbourne FC leadership…

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HoMie provide VIP day for Ladder young people

HoMie today hosted 20 young people from the Ladder program at a VIP day. The event was held at the HoMie flagship store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Young people received complimentary HoMie apparel as well as haircuts from local stylists. Ladder representative, Bob McKevitt thanked HoMie for…

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Join Team Ladder for Run Melbourne 2017

Ladder has big plans for 2017 and you can be part of our team by signing up to Run Melbourne 2017! The event is on Sunday 30 July and there is something for everyone with 5km, 10km and half marathon events. Click here to find out more about Run Melbourne. By signing up and raising funds for…

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CRICKET AND AFL STARS JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

Players from two of Australia’s leading sporting codes, cricket and AFL, have united in an alliance against youth homelessness, calling on sporting fans to show their support for Ladder this BBL season. This meeting of codes took place at a very special event this afternoon where up to 100 children h…

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Ladder Geelong end the year on a high note

Christmas was particularly special for Ladder Geelong this year, with program participants receiving gifts and sporting equipment thanks to the wonderful support of local organisations and the AFL. The AFL and Cotton On provided gifts for the young people, while Sporting Globe Geelong and…

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Australian tennis star, Storm Sanders gets behind Ladder

Australian tennis player, Storm Sanders has teamed up with Ladder to help make a difference to the lives of young people who have experienced or been at-risk of homelessness. Sanders joins a growing group of elite athletes who support the organisation as mentors, staff, volunteers and ambassadors.…

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Public Transport Victoria launch workplace giving to support Ladder

Public Transport Victoria hosted a morning tea to formally launch its workplace giving in support of Ladder. The workplace giving program allows staff to make regular donations to Ladder from their pre-tax salary. This event was also an opportunity for PTV staff to hear more about our partnership…

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muk provides unforgettable afternoon for Ladder young people

Four young people from the Ladder program were provided with an unforgettable afternoon, thanks to the generous and committed staff at muk Haircare and a surprise visit from North Melbourne AFL players. The young people spent almost half a day with muk and received a complimentary top of the range…

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Former AFL player, Brad Murphy on growing up in foster care

Former AFL player, Brad Murphy shares his story of growing up in foster care from 16 months old. He reflects on the importance of having organisations like Ladder and why young people who grow up in care can achieve anything they set their mind to. Research shows that 60 per cent of young people…

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Launch of The Ladder Step Up Western Sydney Program

Young people in out-of-home-care will benefit from a range of programs aimed at tackling youth homelessness, thanks to a unique partnership between the NSW Government and Ladder. Today, the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, the Honorable Brad Hazzard MP, announced $1.3 million in…

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Ladder awarded $10,000 ENGAGE grant to support Geelong youth

Staff and young people from the Ladder Geelong program have graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from ENGAGE - a youth philanthropy program of the Give Where You Live Foundation who work in partnership with Barwon Child, Youth & Family and Gforce Employment Solutions. In its first year, ENGAGE…

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Melbourne Football Club's Karen Paxman talks mentoring

Melbourne Football Club's Karen Paxman has provided an insight into her life off the field, where she mentors a young person who has experienced homelessness, as part of her ongoing work with Ladder. Paxman began mentoring in 2016 and describes her role as fundamentally "being a friend to…

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An inside look at what it's like being a Ladder mentor

As part of Youth Mentoring Week (23 - 29 October), we'll be sharing stories from our mentors and hear what it's like from a young person's perspective. We sat down with Andrew, a Ladder mentor and Adelaide FC employee, to find out what it's really like being a mentor. How long have you been…

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What it's really like having a mentor - Amin's story

Meet Amin As part of Youth Mentoring Week (23 - 29 October), we'll be sharing stories from our mentors and hear what it's like from a young person's perspective. We sat down with Amin, a young man from the Ladder program, to find out what it's really like being mentored. How long have you known…

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Oliver Florent wins Ladder Onfield Champion Award at NAB All Stars Game

The NAB All Stars matches saw the best under 17 and under 18 players from around the country face off during AFL Grand Final week. As part of the new NAB All Stars series, the Ladder Onfield Champion medal was awarded to recognise player courage, discipline and leadership. Oliver Florent - one of t…

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AFL players contribute over $217,000 to Ladder

President of the AFL Players' Association Matthew Pavlich has presented a cheque for $217,800 to Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey.  Ladder is the official charity of the AFL Players' Association and AFL players contribute $25 to Ladder from every senior match they play. The handover happened during C…

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Get your piece of the 2016 AFL Premiership Cup

Since 1897, more than 100 Premiership Cups have been awarded. When the 2016 AFL Premiership Cup was forged, a small amount of precious metal was left behind. This metal off-cut was melted down and turned into a one-of-a-kind piece of history, to be sold to the highest bidder. Get your bid in now…

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2016 AFL Premiership Cup Pins

Buy your 2016 AFL Premiership Cup Pin now and help change the life of a young person experiencing or at risk of homelessness Proceeds from Premiership Cup pin sales go to Ladder to help our young people get back on their feet. Available for $5 from all 2016 Toyota AFL Finals Series matches or buy…

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Win with Ladder's Facebook competition

To celebrate the Toyota AFL Grand Final Week, we're offering you the chance to win major prizes with our Facebook competition. On offer are 2017 AFL Silver Memberships and 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Club double passes. To be in the running, ‘like’ Ladder on Facebook and then tell us which of your mat…

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Ladder is back at this year’s Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site

Come and say hi to us at the free Live Site outside the MCG from Wednesday 28th September. You'll find us at our Ladder marquee where we'll have merchandise giveaways, our popular 2016 On Field Champion Footy Cards, and Premiership Cup pin sales plus you might catch one of our AFL Player Ladder Ch…

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Get your On-field Champion Footy Player cards now

Grab your Ladder Footy Cards at the AFL Grand Final Live Site this week. Our On-field Champion Footy Cards feature a player from every AFL cub including Western Bulldogs' Jordan Roughead, the Swans' Nick Smith and Melbourne's Daisy Pearce. The cards include player stats and club information plus…

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First NAB AFL All Stars match kicks off on Fri 30 September

The NAB All Stars sees two matches played during Grand Final week, bringing together the best under-17 and under-18 talent in the country. Teams are named after AFL greats Chris Judd and Michael O'Loughlin. The U18 match is at Punt Road Oval on Friday 30th September. Ladder will be selling …

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Congratulations to the Darebin Falcons on their VFL Women's Grand Final win

We were among the 4,000 people who turned out for the inaugural VFL Women's Premiership on Sunday.  The Darebin Falcons took home the 2016 Grand Final, making it their fourth consecutive premiership.  If you haven't heard of the team before, there's a big chance you know some of their players - Da…

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Bid on an AFL Alumni jumper and help Ladder

It’s not often you get the chance to own a jumper signed by former AFL stars such as Barry Hall, Jonathan Brown, Brian Lake, Campbell Brown and Brad Sewell. You can bid on jumpers signed by some of the AFL Alumni team in this week's episode of the Fox 8 program, The Recruits. Simply email your b…

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Ladder presents the Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award at the 2016 MVP Awards

Sydney Swans midfielder Luke Parker has been acknowledged as the Most Courageous Player for the second year running at Tuesday' nights AFL Players' Association MVP Awards. Each player from the 18 AFL clubs vote for the player they consider to be the most courageous, with past winners including the…

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Shop online and help tackle youth homelessness

By shopping at Homepage for the homeless you will not only be saving time but contributing to Ladder's work as well. Homepage for the Homeless is a portal, or gateway to a number of online retailers who have all agreed to give a percentage of each sale that has come via Homepage for the Homeless to…

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CEO Blog: National Reconciliation Week

In recognition of the AFL Indigenous Round and National Reconciliation Week, Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey reflects on the unacceptably high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people experiencing homelessness. On any given night one in 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander…

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Leadership & Development session

At Ladder, we have the privilege of working with some of the AFL’s leaders. Our young people at Glen Waverley were lucky enough to have Brad Sewell and Aasta O'Connor speak with them as part of a Leadership & Development session. Brad Sewell is a dual AFL premiership player and Best & F…

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CEO Blog - IDAHOT 17 May 2016

Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey highlights the need for community services to better support LGBTQI young people One of the truisms of community services is that those people on the margins of our society will almost always be over represented in the indicators of poor health, economic disadvantage,…

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CEO Blog - 13 April 2016

Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey calls for a better balance between crisis and early intervention support If not now, when? When will we start to make serious and significant inroads to reduce the outrageous rates of youth homelessness in this country? When we will we recognise that the impacts of…

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HoMie holds a VIP event for young women at Ladder

Young women from Ladder Hoddle Street, Glen Waverley and Broadmeadows had a fabulous day at a special VIP event at HoMie. They were spoilt with free goodies all day including a haircut and style, their choice of clothes, having their nails done, and getting two bags full of woman-specific services…

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Youth Homelessness Matters Day

YHMD is a national campaign aimed at raising awareness and understanding of youth homelessness in Australia. Did you know that more than 26, 000 young people in Australia are homeless? The 2011 ABS Census estimates that 26,238 Australians aged 12-24 are homeless on any given night. Over 40 percent…

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2014/15 Annual Report now available

This year we increased the number of face to face service hours to 6,792 which is up from 3,138 in 2013/14. We also saw a dramatic increase in the number of mentoring hours with 807 being provided, up from 221 in the previous year Click here to view the 2014/15 Annual Report.

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Join Team Ladder...

Team Ladder is back in 2016 and we’re calling on those of you who promised yourself that this is your year to get fit and healthy. Kick-start those New Year's resolutions by signing up for the Sunset Series 4km or 8km run through three of Melbourne’s favourite venues at dusk: Melbourne Zoo (3 Feb…

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Dual Hawthorn AFL premiership player has joined the team

In what has proven to be a recent changing of the guard at youth homelessness organisation Ladder, dual Hawthorn premiership player Brad Sewell has today joined as part-time Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Sewell, who is a member of the AFL Players’ Association Board and is currently studying h…

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Message from the Ladder Chairman

Ladder appoints a new CEO The Board of Ladder, the youth homelessness organisation established and supported by AFL Players, is pleased to announce Elisabeth Tuckey as the new Ladder CEO. Chairman of the Board, and AFLPA CEO, Paul Marsh said today that “Elisabeth comes to Ladder with a wealth of e…

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