Women’s Housing Limited recognise that housing is only one part of the jigsaw in many tenants’ lives
Strong partnerships with support services is central to Women’s Housing Limited’s work practices. Partnerships can help to improve the sense of community and belonging for tenants.
Women’s Housing Limited has a holistic approach to developing partnerships. Key areas of focus are personal support, local community, employment, training and development, education, health and financial management.
Our aim is to provide tenants with social, local and financial benefits, reducing those disadvantaged by low income, isolation, lack of education and poor health.
Community development has taken many forms. Rooming House residents have developed their own edible gardens, taken part in cooking classes, well-being sessions, photography classes etc. The activities are determined by the residents of each Rooming House.
ADRA have generously donated welcome packs full of essential items for our tenants.
What started out as a full van soon got emptied. Rebecca Aurient from ADRA assisted Jacqui to deliver the packs to our THM tenants.
Thank you ADRA for your continued and ongoing support!
“Start Small and Do it Well”
On Friday 25th May 2018 Money For Jam Participants were treated to a special guest presenter.
Prabin Guatam from VIS Network, a digital marketing consultancy, volunteered his time and expert knowledge to talk about marketing and how the women could use digital marketing to further their business ideas. Prabin encouraged all women to find their passion and belief in their ideas.
“Start small and do it well!”
The woman practiced their 30-second ‘elevator pitch’. The session was well attended and there was a buzz in the room.
What’s Happening at Berwick Rooming House
Early May was a busy time at the rooming house with tenants benefiting from two different workshops.
On 4 May 2018, Nigel Joseph from EACH attended the Berwick Rooming House to discuss the services EACH can offer regarding drug and alcohol use. EACH recognise that health and wellbeing is significantly and negatively affected by factors such as unemployment, homelessness, financial difficulties, social exclusion and addiction so they offer a wide range of supports to assist members of the community to lead happier, healthier lives.
On 11 May 2018, Lisa Hansen from Casey North Community Information and Support Service attended the Berwick Rooming House to run a financial literacy workshop. Casey North CISS has a range of services and programs that have been developed to respond to the pressing needs of the local community.
The feedback from the tenants was very positive.
Thank you Nigel and Lisa for your time and support.
The gardens at Bayswater are having a makeover thanks to the wonderful volunteers from the Wantirna Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Women’s Housing Limited believes a home is not just a roof over your head. With the valuable support from Wantirna Seventh Day Adventist Church we are able to provide additional services to improve the lives of our tenants and help them to feel safe and secure.
The project started on 15 April 2018 with volunteers redoing the watering system.
Then on 22 April 2018 the gardens at Bayswater were active again with more than 20 people helping to weed, plant, dig, shovel and just simply work hard.
Remarkable before and after photos…
Stay tuned for the final stage in a couple of week the gardens will be finished with a teen area and a children’s playground.
Money for Jam Update
On 23rd January 2018 Per Capita, in partnership with Women’s Housing Ltd and Fitted for Work, launched the Money For Jam App and mentoring program. Over 30 women participated in the first workshop. There was a buzz of excitement in the room all day.
“I haven’t been in a classroom for ages; great to be making new friends”
Money For Jam is a social innovation project specifically designed to address income poverty for older women. The program is designed to help women over the age of 50 supplement their income. Older women are increasingly at risk of homelessness and unemployment. Money For Jam provides mentoring for women at risk of homelessness to turn their hobbies and passions into micro-enterprises.
At the first workshop participants were introduced to the Money For Jam App. The aim of the App is to make the Money For Jam program more accessible to participants. The App allows participants to pace their learning, provides links to engage in further learning opportunities and offers a portal where the participants can support each other through the year long program.
“The app was fun and so easy to use”
Mentors have volunteered to support, guide and motivate participants during the year. Some of the mentors were present for the first workshop.
“I am really excited about 2018 – anything is possible”
Per Capita developed the App in consultation with En Masse. The Brotherhood of St Laurence will evaluate the project.
For more information about the App or the Money For Jam project please contact Myfan Jordan by email: email@example.com
Christmas is Coming…
With Christmas just around the corner Women’s Housing Ltd invited tenants with children to visit the office and choose some gifts for under the tree. There were toys, homewares, stationary, children’s clothes and shoes, dignity bags and personal hygiene products plus much more.
There is still more available so if you are a tenant in need of some Christmas cheer please phone the office on 9412 6868.
Women’s Housing Ltd would like thank Share the Dignity, Wild Pumpkin and Good 360 for their donations and continued support.
Berwick Art Classes
With the support from the City of Casey, Women’s Housing Ltd and Amanda Foster at Snoop Art developed an art program at the Berwick Rooming House. Through a series of six workshops tenant explored art as a way to find peace and feel safe, build self esteem and pride and at the same time possibly change their economic future.
Each participant was given the opportunity to learn skills related to the art medium that interested them. As a group, the participants completed a mosaic panel that is displayed in the grounds of the Berwick House. Each person that participated had personally engraved pieces embedded in the final Mosaics. Each participant was encouraged to create a personal piece that will signify a positive outcome and personal achievement.
Many of you may have been following the wonderful progress of our art project at the Mt Martha Rooming House. It started from a grant provided by the Mornington Peninsula Shire and has grown to a long term productive tenant run art space called Tangerine Artscape.
The progress doesn’t stop there; we are pleased to announce that Kindred Art Space has kindly offered to display and sell the artwork on behalf of the tenants that form Tangerine Artscape.
Kindred Art Space is a creative hub, gallery and learning centre for personal development, mental health and wellbeing. Kindred Art Space have a wide range of professional therapeutic services focusing on individual needs including art therapy, counselling and mediation. Kerryn Knight founded Kindred Art Space after witnessing the benefits and healing power of the arts, coupled with therapeutic relationships.
Women’s Housing Limited would like to thank Kerryn and Kindred Art Space for their support.
We are pleased to announce that art classes have started at our Mount Martha Rooming House.
Women’s Housing Limited would like to thank Cheryl Widlend. It is because of her vision and unwavering commitment that this project began. Cheryl’s amazing talent and undying passion are contagious, and her patient, friendly teaching style are producing fantastic results. The atmosphere is relaxed and the participants have fun learning.
Cheryl put it perfectly when she said, “I love being the glue that hold the pages together of a new book we are all writing.” Cheryl runs art classes each Monday from 11am – 3pm in the art room.
Also joining Cheryl is Helene Levin, who is an active participant as well as a counsellor. Helene integrates therapy into the art sessions. She talks to the participants about how they can benefit from their sessions and how art can be an outlet for their self-expression and self-development. Helene shows them how to explore their inner world of images, feelings, and thoughts and talks about different ways to reduce stress that will help them in every-day life.
Thank you Ladies!
New Bike Racks for Sunshine, Berwick, Mount Martha, Kensington and Brighton
With the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Women’s Housing Limited have installed bike racks at five of our Rooming Houses.
This initiative will encourage environmentally friendly transport, provide opportunities to improve the health of the tenants and assist the tenants to adequately secure their bikes.
“Tangerine ArtScape was born out of the desire to silence the noise inside our heads, and to utilise Art Therapy to express our inner creativity”
The tenants at the Mount Martha Rooming House have created an art space were they feel comfortable expressing themselves through art. Collectively they are called Tangerine ArtScape and their works can be viewed on The Edge website (link below).http://edgearts.com.au/artists/id/350
Volunteer Hair Salon at Mount Martha Rooming House
I visited the Mt Martha Rooming House and was delighted to see a queue of tenants waiting to have their haircut by two volunteer hairdressers – Rose and Elizabeth.
Women’s Housing Limited would like to thank Rose and Elizabeth for donating their time and expertise.
Residents of the Mount Martha Rooming House were involved in a project using art to link images of the community with their own stories.
Over a ten week period artist Amanda Forster attended the Rooming House and assisted tenants to turn their ideas into two mosaic murals.
The Launch was held on 16 November 2015
Now the murals are finished they have become a permanent fixture in the garden at the Mount Martha Rooming House. See article posted by Arts on the Peninsula at the following link:
This project was made possible with funding support from Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Creative Community Grants program.
Brighton Lodge Community Lunch
On 16 September 2015, Brighton residents met and talked with local services in the area over a free catered lunch. There were representatives from Bentleigh Bayside Community Health, Moongala Women’s Community House, Mindfulness Meditation, Brighton Recreational Centre and Bayside Support & Information Service.
Feeding Minds Expo
On 5 May 2015 at the Richmond Town Hall, Women’s Housing Limited hosted an Expo. The day was filled with giveaways, workshops and information sessions linking our tenants and clients with community services.
There were representatives holding stalls and guest speakers from COTA, WIRE, ERMHA, RDNS, Amy’s Grains, Turning Point, Consumer Action, Beyond Blue, DVRCV and Women’s Health.
Workshops included yoga, meditation, nutritional health tips, simple exercise tips, art therapy, stress management and conflict resolution.
Lunch and free hand, neck and shoulder massages were provided.