Junction Connect March 2015




I am delighted to be welcoming you to our first edition of Junction Connect

We understand the importance of keeping our valued supporters up to date with happenings at Junction Australia.  Our goal is provide a snapshot of activities and events on a quarterly basis – giving you the opportunity to get to know us and become involved if you wish to do so.

With our first Business Breakfast of the year coming up on 8 May, followed by the Annual Conference on 20 May, and then our Quiz Night on 23 May – I look forward to seeing you soon! 

We are always keen to improve the scope and quality of what we do and we’ll be pleased to have your feedback.  Please let us know what you think – email community@junctionaustralia.org.au or call Clare MacAdam on 8392 3065.

Junction Australia is working to address the Social Plagues of the 21st Century: Hopelessness, Helplessness and Disconnection.

As Junction Australia enters its 37th year of service to struggling South Australians, we remain as committed as ever to addressing these three ‘social plagues’.

How do we do this?

Inspiring Hope
JA's skilled and dedicated staff respectfully walk alongside our clients/tenants enabling them to be more confident that things CAN change.

 Providing Support
JA builds upon people’s strengths, developing their knowledge and skills whilst assisting them to see and consider options that they may not have known about or understood before.

Making Connections
JA connects people to relevant professional services and to the resources and opportunities that they need to move forward, re-establish relationships and reconnect with their community.

By working together, Junction Australia and our partners and suppoters are making a real and enduring difference that is strengthening lives and communities across the state.

Graham Brown MPA
Chief Executive Officer


PoE August 2014_opt(1).jpgJunction Australia Demonstrates Tangible Value

Junction Australia’s ‘Crisis to Connectedness’ integrated service model is recognised by leading experts as an innovative approach to fulfilling unmet community need.

The effectiveness of our programs are externally evaluated, enabling our supporters to have confidence in the social impact of JA's programs and services and the potential for them to be replicated and expanded.  

In 2007 Junction Australia commenced the Point of Engagement (PoE) pilot project in partnership with Drug and Alcohol Services SA (DASSA); an early intervention program for high risk new mothers. The program's primary aim is to improve the health and safety of vulnerable newborn babies whose parents' use of alcohol and illicit drugs poses a high risk to them. On average 15 families are supported per annum by a highly skilled and experienced Case Manager, and through the in-kind services provided by a Community Health Nurse funded by DASSA.

Following the successful operation of PoE over the last six years wesought to deepen our understanding of the program's impact and value. The methodology selected to complete this task was'Social Return on Investment' (SROI), performed by Social Ventures Australia Consulting. SROI is an internationally recognised methodology used to understand, measure and value the impact of a program or organisation. It is a form of cost-benefit analysis that examines the social, economic and environmental outcomes created and the costs of creating them.

The analysis indicates that JA's Point of Engagement program delivered an estimated $498k of social and economic value during FY2012 and 2013. Based on a total investment of $199k ($166k of cash investment and $33k of in kind support), this equates to an SROI ratio of 2.5:1. That is, approximately $2.5 of value was created for every $1 invested in PoE. With 18 mothers having been engaged with the program during the investment period, the average investment was approximately $10.7k per mother.

This small, but innovative program is entirely funded by JA's valued corporate supporters and community donors. Philanthropic support is achieved through a combination of Foundation grants, community fundraising and  support from the organisation’s Socially Responsible Business Partners.  For more information on this shared value initiative, view http://www.junctionaustralia.org.au/socially-responsible-business or contact Clare MacAdam, Partnerships, Marketing & Fundraising Manager on 8392 3065.


Doing Good Business Builds Stronger Communities

Roger Drake.jpgFriday 8 May, 7.15am for 7.30am
Belair Park County Club, Upper Sturt Road

Junction Australia's next Business Breakfast will be held on Friday 8 May with Roger Drake as our special guest. 

Drakes Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia and specialises in supermarket retailing.  Operating in over 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5,500 staff nationally. The company’s strength lies in operating on the principles of a family business and supporting local manufacturers and suppliers.  One of its core values is to give back to the community.

Roger Drake will discuss the highs and lows of his forty years in business and provide some insights into his determination to continue to grow the business and invest in South Australia.

Allbiz-OC-logos-RGB.jpgThese events are great networking events with approximately 120 attendees enjoying a tasty breakfast and stimulating discussion.  Click here to make your booking.

Thank you to Allbiz Office Choice for their sponsorship support of this event



Don is 23 years old.  When he was a teenager, living with his Mum, he started misusing drugs and became an addict.  This affected his ability to engage with school, his health and his self-esteem.  His Mother also suffered ill health and misused drugs.  Don once went for six months without a shower – he was really struggling.

HAFSS Good News Story Photo.jpgDon really wanted to kick his habit.  He realised that he and his Mother were co-dependent and so he left home to try and resolve his issues alone.  For several months he lived in regional South Australia, disconnected from everyone he knew.  It took several brave attempts before Don was able to gain the medical help he needed and find a safe place to live, where he could face his demons and set goals for his future.  In order to succeed, he has to avoid all contact with this family.

Don now lives in SHI housing and engage well with his Junction Australia worker.  He has attended a Life Skills course with other vulnerable young people and learnt he isn’t alone and that there are people who will help him.  He’s even made some new friends.

Don plans to undertake some further study next year.  He wants to be able to provide professional support to others who have the same problems he has experienced.  Don loves animals and hand-raises exotic birds.  He has also adopted a Labrador called Gatsby.  With determination and lots of ongoing support, the future looks bright for Don.

If you would like to help support other brave young people like Don, click here to donate.


Book.jpgPublications and Submissions

Submission to the Social Development Committee of SA Parliament Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence
January 2015  VIEW HERE

Response to the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission
January 2015 VIEW HERE

Junction Australia Annual Report 2013/14VIEW HERE



Bay to City.jpgBay to City - Sunday 19 April                                                                           Junction Australia traditionally runs a team in the annual City to Bay.  Now you have the chance to do this all over again – the other way around!

While we don’t have a hospitality site for this event, we’d still love you to join our team and fundraise to support our work with struggling South Australians.  View this ‘how to enter’ information, select Junction Australia as your team, create your Everyday Hero page and you’re off!


We’ll send a Certificate of Acknowledgement to all entrants who join our team.  Thank you.

PC Lottery.jpgPeople’s Choice community Lottery – online sales now open!

Early Bird prize tickets only available online and closes 30 April 2015 - Early Bird prize will be drawn 13 May 2015. 



Junction Australia Quiz Night - Always a great night – don’t miss all the fun!

Proudly supported by grant thornton 

Saturday 23 May, 6.30pm for 7pm. Goodwood Community Centre,  32- 34  Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034

Tickets: $15.       Tables of 8 or 10. 
Book at 
Don’t forget to include the name of your table captain or someone you wish to be seated with, so we can allocate tables.







Sponsored by


Bay to City


Sunday 19 April



Select Junction Australia as your team and click on the Everyday Hero link to create your fundraising page

Business Breakfast with Roger Drake

Belair Park Country Club

Friday 8 May

7.15am for 7.30am

Allbiz Office Choice

Open Friday 27 March


JA Annual Conference

Keynote by Hon Dr Robyn Layton

Belair Park Country Club

Wednesday 20 May

9am – 11am

Packages available

Invitations will be sent closer to the time

JA Quiz Night

Goodwood Community Centre

Saturday 23 May

6.30pm for 7pm start

Grant Thornton


Other packages still available



$15 per ticket; tables of 10

Spotlight Tour of JA sites


Thursday 15 October


Contact Clare if you wish to attend

Business Breakfast

Adelaide Pavilion

Friday 30 October

MGA Insurance Brokers

Invitations will be issued closer to the date
















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housing provider is Junction and Women’s Housing Ltd.

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