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Research

Anglicare Sydney is committed to advocate for justice on behalf of people who are materially deprived, socially excluded and marginalised.  We seek to meet the needs of the marginalised because God loves them, and Jesus teaches us to ‘love our neighbours as ourselves’. 

Anglicare’s research is mainly conducted by our Social Policy and Research Unit (SPRU). We conduct research to:

  • identify and explore  our client’s needs
  • better understand the impact public policy has on people’s lives, and
  • improve Anglicare’s service provision to our clients.  

Anglicare’s research is a crucial way of listening to our clients and hearing what they have to say.  This research also provides a sound basis for our public advocacy on their behalf so their voices can be heard by the media as well as State and Federal Government.  

The Social Policy and Research Unit also partners in research with the National Church Life Survey, Diocese of Sydney; Anglicare Australia; and university researchers.
 

Apart from research SPRU:

  • prepares submissions to Government inquiries
  • undertakes program evaluation to enhance existing practice and promote innovation
  • assists in developing Anglicare’s evaluation capacity
  • conducts analysis of Census and other data
  • carries out demographic mapping

Carers: Doing it Tough, Doing it Well (2016)​

This report presents research findings demonstrating how two Government funded, Anglicare programs – the support coordination and respite options programs – have been effective in meeting the needs of carers over many years. In view of the closure of such programs as a result of the NDIS, this report concludes that a range of targeted carer supports is required in conjunction with the NDIS, beyond what has so far been promised by Government. These supports will be critical if carers are to sustain their vital role into the future.

Rental Affordability Snapshot – Greater Sydney and the Illawarra (2016)​

The Rental Affordability Snapshot (RAS) is a national project conducted annually by the Anglicare Australia network of agencies to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing whilst on a low income. An audit of rental properties determines the extent to which a person on a low income is able to find housing that is both affordable and appropriate for their needs. 

Rental Affordability Snapshot – Greater Sydney and the Illawarra (2015)​

The Rental Affordability Snapshot (RAS) is a national project conducted annually by the Anglicare Australia network of agencies to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing whilst on a low income. An audit of rental properties determines the extent to which a person on a low income is able to find housing that is both affordable and appropriate for their needs.  

A Response to the Social Housing in NSW Discussion Paper

As agencies at the forefront of social and affordable housing and service provision to those at risk of homelessness, we are of the view that sustainable and affordable housing is essential for those who live on the margins and experience multiple forms of disadvantage and deprivation. Appropriate, secure and affordable housing is foundational for the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Caring Into Old Age Report

Many ageing parent carers, aged over 60 years caring for a son or daughter with a disability, are looking after their loved one without a transition plan and with little support, according to a new research study released by Anglicare Sydney.

The study also highlighted that:

•     There were significant positive changes in carers’ wellbeing while they were in the program

•     Most people with a disability wish to stay in the family home as they age

•     Parents and care recipients need to be at the centre of a network of support

•     Regular planned respite periods assisted carers to sustain their caring role long-term

Locked Out. Deep & Persistent Disadvantage in Sydney - 2014 State of Sydney Report 

A focus of this report is the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. In households experiencing deep and persistent disadvantage, it is the childhood experiences and barriers that can effectively close doors on future life prospects. Based on data collected from many thousands of Australians who have attended Anglicare Sydney’s emergency relief centres, this report recommends responses by Federal and State Governments and by Non-Government Organisations to better address profound disadvantage in our community.

Home Truths. Impacts of Housing Insecurity on Women across the Life Course - 2011 State Of Sydney Report 

This report examines the impacts housing insecurity from the viewpoints of young single mothers and single women aged over 50 years who access emergency relief services, and parent carers aged over 65 years who access Anglicare support programs. The differing experiences of each group highlight the need for differentiated responses from Government to issues of housing insecurity in our community.

When There's Not Enough To Eat – A National Study of Food Insecurity among Emergency Relief Clients (2012)

Food security requires access to readily available, safe and nutritious food. It has become increasingly evident, to workers providing Emergency Relief (ER) across Anglicare agencies nationally, that some low income households are struggling to access sufficient and appropriate food. Of greatest concern are the children of these households and the impact that food insecurity is having on their current life chances and future well being. This report examines the plight of vulnerable Australians and their ongoing experience of food insecurity.

Rental Affordability Snapshot – Greater Sydney and the Illawarra (2014)

The Rental Affordability Snapshot (RAS) is a national project conducted annually by the Anglicare Australia network of agencies to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing whilst on a low income. An audit of rental properties determines the extent to which a person on a low income is able to find housing that is both affordable and appropriate for their needs.  

Social Exclusion: The Sydney Experience (2009)

There are many people in our community who face multiple deprivation and experience social exclusion. This report uses longitudinal demographic data (July 2007 to February 2009) from seven ANGLICARE Emergency Relief centres to describe the different facets of deprivation that clients experience. It gives voice to clients by presenting qualitative results from a series of focus groups in which they shared what it was like to use emergency relief services. 

Caring For A Child With An Intellectual Disability And Challenging Behaviours (2013)

More than 100,000 children have an intellectual disability in Australia. Some young people with a profound or severe intellectual disability also have challenging behaviours – a mix which can have a significant impact on the whole family. This report documents the experience of 15 such families through a series of in-depth interviews and recommends action to safeguard the interests of such families in the midst of a changing disability services landscape.

Hard Choices: Going Without In A Time Of Plenty – A Study of Food Insecurity in NSW & the ACT (2013)

Lived poverty is the embodiment of hard choices. Households living on the margins experience significant levels of deprivation as they choose between having sufficient food to feed their families, securing stable and affordable accommodation and paying utility and medical bills. The experience can be one of isolation and social disconnection from family and friends, and a significant struggle to protect their children from the worst effects of such poverty.

Long Way Home? The plight of African refugees obtaining decent housing in Western Sydney (2010)

Refugees are among the most socially excluded groups in Australia. They have been subjected to persecution, trauma or torture in their home country and have arrived in Australia with few or no possessions. Refugees face multiple barriers in accessing the means to re-settle in Australia. Difficulty in accessing affordable and decent housing is a particular challenge for recently arrived refugees. This report documents the plight of refugees making their way in a difficult housing market.