About the Charity
Over the last few years, ONGC Systems has been heavily involved in supporting an incredible local charity; Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc. GCPHY supports around 350 young people a year, through a range of programs for young people aged 16-25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. GCPHY work to reduce the cycle of homelessness, by providing short-term and medium-term supported accommodation, along with crisis support and mobile support services.
According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, of those homeless in Australia each year, around 48,000 are under the age of 25. In 2018, GCPHY managed to provide support to 156 young men and 116 young women, all between the ages of 15-20 years old. However, there is still a serious shortage of beds and quality housing for homeless youth, and still a significant number of young people out there living in destitute conditions.
How We Could Help
These figures pulled at the heartstrings of us all in the office, and we decided to help out where we could. We initially met up with the charity to discuss the full range of solutions we could offer them, to help streamline their IT Systems.
We provided GCPHY with a thorough review of the existing systems and the development of a new document sharing and communication platform, all free of charge. As part of the package, we also offered ongoing IT support for the internal team for almost three years.
“ONGC staff offered innovative and relevant solutions to our needs” stated Angela Sheeran, General Manager of Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth (GCPHY). “This time-saving technology has allowed staff and volunteers to invest more time back into the young people we support.”Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc.
“It’s been a rewarding experience for both myself and my team giving back to our community as part of such a worthy cause. Our involvement over the last few years has helped the team at the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth streamline their systems to better focus on their initiatives in the community and less time on managing inefficient IT systems. We were able to leverage our relationship with Microsoft to take advantage of their not for profit benefits with Office 365 and Azure, meaning the new systems were able to be implemented will little to no cash outlay. Being a charity, this can go a long way towards providing another bed for youth going through tough times.”Steve Dawson, General Manager at ONGC Systems
Supporting The Charity
If you would like to find out more about the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth or even make a financial donation, you can do so through their website. The charity also eagerly accepts clothing, material and furniture donations, which you can find out more about on the GCPHY website. Alternatively, if you or somebody you know are in need of help, do not hesitate to get in contact with the GCPHY Charity.
See original media release from GCPHY.