Wayne Merritt on how MCM is making real change
Welcome to the first episode of Work Conversations. In this episode Austra Health National Manager Gavin Becker sits down for a conversation with Melbourne City Mission’s General Manager of Homelessness and Justice, Wayne Merritt.
Wayne has spent almost three years working in his role at Melbourne City Mission (MCM). For those unfamiliar with MCM, it is a Melbourne-based community support organisation that for over 165 years has provided support in areas including Homelessness, Justice, Disability, Palliative Care, and Early Childhood Intervention Services.
In this episode, Wayne talks about his career trajectory, which saw him move from managing local youth services in the government sector to pursuing his now current role at MCM. He talks of the struggles he encountered when it came to the barriers of the corporate world, and how he’s found fulfilment in his role at MCM, which allows him to see real difference the NFP makes to those at risk.
He goes on to discuss the MCM’s major projects, including the annual Sleep at the ‘G fundraiser, which this year will be channelling donations into the development of a 10-bed youth refuge facility in Werribee. Last year’s sleepover saw thousands flock to the MCG, raising over $1m for the redevelopment of Frontyard Youth Services.
Wayne is hopeful that, despite the event not occurring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people will still get on board and support the fundraiser by getting creative with friends and family. He suggests having a sleepover in a tent or on the couch, or for corporates to hold auctions, where their staff nominate tasks, skills or services they would be willing to offer once social distancing restrictions lift. This could include one-on-one mentoring sessions with the CEO, or a month’s access to a parking spot.
While Sleep at the ‘G has finished, donations are still being accepted, and you can make a donation through Bayside Group’s corporate page here: https://www.sleepattheg.com.au/corporates/workplace/bayside-group-workplace
To find out more about Melbourne City Mission’s work, visit their website: https://www.mcm.org.au/
Find Wayne on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wayne-merritt-3784497a/