The World Bank states that poverty is multi-dimensional and includes having insufficient financial resources, not having any means of influencing decisions that affect them, insufficient access to infrastructure, and no opportunities to climb out of poverty such as via employment or education. These all make it very difficult to achieve physical and mental health, in other words, wellbeing. We use the newly emerging Science of Wellbeing, to use evidence-based, proven methods of achieving wellbeing. Two particularly important requirements for mental health are meaningful ‘work’ (paid or non-paid/volunteer), and supportive positive relationships.
Youth who have insufficient access to resources often have negative perceptions of government and non-government service providers. Our challenge is to become an organisation trusted by all that we are working towards the wellbeing of youth in poverty, via Wellbeing Towns.