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Mission Australia

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
Mission Australia
Country and localization
Australia, Region of Victoria and Melbourne
Supported people
more than 900 young people in difficulty
Project helped in
Amount of the support
60,000 euros

Support program of young people in difficulty to help them to have social and professional insertion.

Mission Australia, an Australian association created in 1859, helps Australians who are in need. It is active in several areas of activity (housing, health, professional integration, etc.) to allow marginalized people to find pathways to a decent life. It supports approximately 300,000 Australians per year.

To support these young people in difficulty, Mission Australia manages many programs. In the region of Victoria, the NGO set up several specific projects:

  • The “Arise Program”: “re-socializing” and “re-engaging” young people who suffered a shock from the most devastating bushfires in Australia (February 2009). 
  •  The “Charcoal Lane Program”: training unqualified aborigines and non-aborigines in service professions.
  •  The “Youth Connections Program”: accompanying and training young people who have dropped out of school.
  •  The “Ignition Program”: reducing road accidents among illiterate people by teaching them basic skills (reading, writing, arithmetic) thanks to the Highway Code.
  • The “Youth Beat Program”: welcoming young people on the street and helping them to become autonomous.

These programs take place in a widespread geographic area, which makes the issues of transport and accessibility critical. To strengthen the actions of Mission Australia and allow the association to transport and welcome more young people in difficulty in its programs, the Accor Foundation* supported in 2010 the procurement of a 12-person mini-bus.


In 2012, the Foundation* supported more specifically the “Charcoal Lane” program in which AccorHotels Australia employees are involved. This new support enabled 24 young people in difficulty to be trained in the services profession.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Adrian William
Regional Manager in Victoria Accor Australia

« Meeting with the trainees reinforces why we remain involved: each has a story typically of hardship and being disadvantaged however every trainee has a desire and passion to create a better life for themselves. »