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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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!
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.