DSP Australia Inc. is a support
organization for young pensioners in our society who live on very low
fixed incomes, preventing them from being active in their community or
even purchase the essential items needed to live a decent lifestyle and
regain the self-esteem, confidence, and dignity needed to feel like a
worthwhile human being. Being young and on a fixed income is an
automatic setback in today's society; those in this situation cannot
participate in social activities, afford medical equipment and
medicines, or obtain good clothing, appropriate accommodation and easy
mobility. With a DSP Pension Concessions Card these individuals can
eliminate any discrimination regardless of the physical or financial
disabilities that they may suffer. A DSP Australia Inc. Member who
carries a DSP Membership card with their DSP pension card has special
requirements and needs that little extra understanding and patience to
keep up with the fast pace of today's world.
DSP Australia Inc. is a registered
charity with the Australian Taxation Office as well as the Australian
Securities Commission. Donations of $2.00 and upwards are tax
deductible. A receipt is sent promptly to those who donate.
Membership and Sponsorship Fees:
DSP Members $20.00 per annum
Friends of DSP $20.00 per annum
Newsletter $15.00 per annum
Affiliated Groups $100.00 per annum
All Members receive a DSP Pension
Concessions Membership Card, giving them full rights and privileges in
our organization. This also serves to discourage fraud of any type.
In the event a DSP Australia Inc. Member cannot pay the $20.00
membership fee due to hardship, our Executive will waive the membership
fee for that Member and provide them with a membership card.
DSP Australia Inc. Members are guaranteed confidentiality, regardless
of the advocacy or assistance they receive.
DSP Australia Inc. is currently working to develop a 24-hour on-call
service for Members and others who may need to gain access to us
concerning a Member's welfare.
Allied with DSP Australia Inc. is the "As You Are" Internet list-serv
group. This provides a way for members of the list-serv to communicate
their problems, ask questions, and in general meet others like
themselves without fear of ridicule. If you are interested in joining
"As You Are," please contact Judi-Ann
Leggetts by e-mail.
DSP Australia Inc. Mission
Begging belittles a person who has no
other alternative, especially when that means having to beg for food
vouchers and clothes, to beg people on the streets for some money to
buy food for themselves and their family. It is perhaps most
destructive to those who have children, who very often go without
essential basic items and do not understand why other children have
these things and they do not.
DSP Australia Inc. is bound by its constitution to put an end to this
inhumane standard of living, and encourage our members, together with
their children, to work toward a better quality of life and a
meaningful place in our society.
We accomplish this mainly through our non-blood extended family
environment of self-help, which seeks to help Members regain the
confidence and encouragement needed to live a decent lifestyle and lead
them out of the cycle of poverty they live in.
Every effort is made to keep families together and help them maintain a
sense of self-esteem to continue on together under extreme
difficulties, especially where there is an illness that prevents them
from returning to the work place.
Assistance of every kind is always
required by our community of members to enable them to enjoy a better
quality of life. There is also a need to reeducate people who have been
used to living a good lifestyle and then have fallen upon hard times;
they need to be educated on how to survive and remain as healthy as
possible on very little income. DSP Australia Inc. is dedicated to
bringing this assistance and education to our members, with the aid and
support of our sponsors and supporters.
In the end, DSP Australia Inc. can be summarized by its motto, "People
working for the People." We will do what it takes to ensure the
well-being of our Members, and to promote their return to a sense of
positive well-being and full acceptance by society. We need and welcome
your help and assistance in achieving this goal.
'Lawyers':- Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson