How did Ladder start?

Founded by a group of AFL players, Ladder helps young people aged 16-25 to break the cycle of homelessness by harnessing the support of the AFL industry’s profile, networks and players.

Ladder's founding partners were the AFL Foundation and AFL Players' Association. The AFL Foundation no longer exists and it is now the AFL who supports Ladder, along with the AFL Players' Association.

As the official charity of AFL players, over $1.4 million dollars has been contributed to our programs from player match payments since 2008.

How many young people are in Ladder programs?

Around 260 young people are able to access our Foyers and Programs in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Ladder started with 12 young people in our first Foyer 2009 and a total of 160 young people have exited Ladder Foyers since that time.

How do young people get referred to Ladder?

Referrals to Ladder Hoddle Street and Ladder Geelong come via agency referrals.

Young people are able to self-refer to Ladder St Vincent Street. Agency referrals are accepted when there is a vacancy.

How long are young people in a Ladder foyer?

Young people stay in a Foyer for up to two years. Ladder Hoddle Street and Ladder Geelong are two year programs. Ladder St Vincent Street is a 12 month program with the possibility of an extension on a case by case basis.

Who does Ladder work with?

Ladder works with the AFL industry, community and corporate partners to raise funds and deliver our programs to help homeless young people. Find out more here.

What is youth homelessness?

When thinking about young people who are experiencing homelessness we often hear the term “street kids” and “runaways” or that the majority are sleeping rough. Most young people experiencing homelessness are hidden from view and aren’t homeless by choice. Couch surfing is the most common form of homelessness for young people. We also refer to young peope as experiencing homelessness as opposed to "homeless young people", to help ensure they are not defined by their experiences in life. Find out more here.

How is Ladder funded?

Ladder is the official charity of the AFL Players' Association and players donate $25 from every senior match they play. These payments are matched by the AFL, which also provides office and administration support to Ladder. Ladder is the official charity partner of the 2016 Toyota AFL finals series.

Our corporate partners The Unite Group and Public Transport Victoria fund a number of our programs and Ladder is the recipient of Trust and Foundation grants.

Ladder also receives funds from major donors, regular and workplace giving programs, fundraising events and other one-off donations.

Can a Foyer help me?

If you are aged 16-25 and are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless, then your local Foyer may be able to help you. Our Victorian Foyers require an agency referral. Young people can self refer to our South Australian Foyer, which also takes referrals from agencies. To find a Foyer visit Our work.

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved with Ladder. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram, share our campaigns or make a donation. Find out more at our Support us page.

Who can I speak to at Ladder?

General enquires should be sent through our contacts page, email: info@ladder.org.au or give us a call on 03 9416 0064. Details for all of our Foyers cans be found on our Contacts page.