SOMETIMES THEY SEE TOO MUCH
So what does Be An Elf Ltd do?
In a nutshell, we are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions, that improve the quality of life of those less fortunate than ourselves. We do that by bringing people together and making great things happen. We help change lives by meeting basic needs – food, housing, education, clothing, counselling and by giving ‘at risk’ young people and their families legitimacy and emotional support.
We have a number of services.
1. Elf Annual Appeals– We have Two major Appeals. ‘The Be An Elf Christmas Appeal ‘and ‘The Sleepy Elves Manchester Appeal’:
The ‘Be An Elf Christmas Appeal’ aims to bring some hope into the lives of young people in Southeast Queensland, by collecting letters from children, who are socially deprived. These “letters to Santa” ask the child for their Christmas wish list, and our amazing donors try their hardest to fill these requests. All the gifts are then delivered to the homes of the children, before Christmas Eve every year.
‘The Sleepy Elves’ Manchester Appeal occurs in July and supplies children with bedding ,including; pillows, pillow cases, blankets, sheets and mattresses. We also supply towels and washers. The Beenleigh Sleep Clinic research suggests that 25% of poorer children in Logan region of Queensland have inadequate bedding, which has profound implications on their health and educational attainment.
2. Elf Helpers Program– Throughout the year impoverished children need help and support. We store items that many children require and otherwise would go without. We are given many of these items by generous private and corporate donors, but we also purchase items for the children. The items include, but are not limited to food, clothing, bedding, toys, hygienic products and educational resources.
3. Collaborating Elves– We work with other charities to ensure the best outcomes for the children we assist. It takes a village to raise a child and we believe that by co-operating with other charities and not for profits, in local communities, that we can be most successful in attaining beneficial results for the children.
4. ‘The Friendly Elf’ linkups Programs are family support groups, where struggling families can meet with other families, that are experiencing or have experienced similar problems. Are you familiar with AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)? Well, think of a group with a coach, (qualified professional) that is self-supporting and is similar in approach, but the participants may also have other problems, in addition to alcohol, including ; gambling, drugs and domestic violence/life issues. They will meet for BBQ’s and family day outs. We want them to become fully functioning families to support their children and also to be able to provide a stable home environment. If the families are homeless, we will assist them in finding accommodation. We will provide them with budgeting solutions, counselling and even offer advice on cooking and nutritional needs. Children require a roof over their heads and three square meals a day, to fully realise their potential. Objectively, we want children’s lives to be happy, stable and fulfilled.
5. In local schools we offer ‘Creative Elves’ workshops. Smart Arts is a workshop, where children and teens can express themselves through painting. Art is a powerful force for social change and allows the children to positively engage with others and the environment. Additionally, we have the ‘Elf Makers’ program, where children learn how to manufacture a skateboard that is equivalent in quality to those seen in retail shops. Our workshops give the children a variety of skills in different areas including, but not limited to painting, screen printing, woodworking and mural arts.
6. Be An Elf Ltd runs different programs designed to involve disadvantaged children and encourage them to become more involved in educational and sporting achievement, in their local communities. In indigenous communities, many children suffer from lack of opportunity. Through the Skate8 Elves program, we supply indigenous children with a skateboard and teach them how to ride and maintain it. Selected children will be chosen for further training at a week long annual ‘Élf Skatefest’ in Brisbane. They will be able to take their advanced skills back to local communities. The Skate8 Elves program is designed to improve indigenous children’s health, prevent criminality and deter drug dependency. It can also be run through the schools and participation can be tied to school attendance.
7. Elf Employees– Be An Elf Ltd aims to create jobs for disadvantaged children which will reintegrate them back into society and prevent social isolation, criminality, drug dependence and alienation. Through social enterprise Be An Elf Ltd is creating a skateboard manufacturing facility, which uses environmentally sustainable materials and will provide jobs for ‘at risk’ teens, with an emphasis on disadvantaged and aboriginal youth employment. We also have holiday work internships, where children aged 14+ can gain work experience, which may lead to a part time job. Some of these children will be the first in five generations to be employed.
Be An Elf Ltd is a direct action, grass roots organisation, that believes in attacking a problem at the source. Many of the young people, we deal with have nutritional deficits and health issues. They are either eating irregularly or often for extended periods, not at all. In Winter they lack warm clothing and the clothes they do have are inadequate. Can you imagine being the one in the child and teenage social group, without any descent clothes? Forget descent clothes, what do you think it would be like to have worn, dirty clothes and shoes and to not be able to regularly shower? The children Be An Elf Ltd sees are socially isolated and lack self-esteem and as a result may tend to act out. They leave school early, get pregnant, fall in with the wrong crowd. We give them food, clothing, social activities and friendship.
Be An Elf Ltd is helping to defeat hunger, cold and despair with local children? We are making a difference in local communities now, but we need your help to do more and to expand our volunteer network and raise even more money for disadvantaged children and teens.