The Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is pleased to announce the establishment of “Homestay Helping Hand” a new innovative Homestay program which is designed to help marginalised populations within Australia connect and/or reconnect with the community through active participation and contribution in standards based AHN managed Homestay accommodation.
The AHN Host(s) is committed to assisting the eligible ‘guest’ to refocus and provide support as appropriate including low-cost meals and accommodation.
The ‘guest’ is referred by a partner welfare/community organisation to AHN as being eligible and committed to providing appropriate support around the Hosts home.
The ‘guest’ will simply be contributing to the running of the household of which they are a member. They will not be undertaking an activity for which someone else would otherwise receive payment. This is seen as being completely in the spirit of Australian hospitality and the way house guests normally pitch in with household chores.
The AHN “Helping Hand” project is a special Australian Homestay Network (AHN) accommodation program whereby partner organisations can nominate individuals in need (and under their case management) who they feel would benefit. The aim of the program is to provide low-cost board and accommodation in an environment where the trained host plays a role in giving their “guest” a helping hand in re-engaging with community life. The key is to make this program available to community organisations that support marginalised populations (including Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Women in need, Homeless, Youth in crisis and Seniors etc.). The nominees for the program must be deemed ready (by the support community organisation) for suitability, personal growth and advancement, and be willing to relocate and actively participate in making a contribution to both the AHN ‘Helping Hand’ household and the community.