Women’s Housing Ltd 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 Ltd 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, art therapy, photography classes etc. The activities are determined by the residents.
Tenants at the Berwick Rooming House have had the opportunity to experiment with materials and learn some new skills. Thanks to the support of City of Casey and Purple Dog Leadlighting & Mosaics the tenants are working on some amazing mosaic pieces.
Thank you to Vinnies Berwick Soup Van volunteers – ‘Vannies’ – for bringing food and friendship to our tenants. The volunteer-run Berwick Soup Van goes out every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening and, on a busy night, can serve up to 90 people. Thank you Vannies for your ongoing support to the people of Berwick.
Thank you Footscape for the wonderful donation of new socks and footwear for our tenants. Footscape is a not for profit organisation that provide podiatry care to economically disadvantaged individuals. Thank you for supporting our tenants!
On 30 July 2019 Women’s Housing Ltd’s WAG committee in conjunction with Beyond Blue and Richmond Community Learning Centre hosted the fourth in a series of ongoing events designed to offer some entertainment, engagement and useful information to our Women’s Housing Ltd Community. Megan, a guest speaker from Beyond Blue, shared her personal struggles with depression and anxiety. She spoke about the hardships and negative impacts that mental health can have on an individual and the support services Beyond Blue provide. The group reflected and discussed their own struggles. Amongst the inspirational stories and discussions, there was also a lovely afternoon tea where everyone was able to eat and get to know one another on a more personal level.
On 25 June 2019 Women’s Housing Ltd’s WAG committee in conjunction with Good Shepherd Microfinance and Richmond Community Learning Centre hosted the third in a series of ongoing events designed to offer some entertainment, engagement and useful information to our Women’s Housing Ltd Community. Tye and Marina from Good Shepherd Microfinance provided participants with some useful tips on how to manage their finances, where to access free and confidential financial counselling, information about no interest loans and where to go if they wished to obtain further information. If you missed out on this wonderful, informative event and are experiencing financial difficulties please call Good Money on 1300 148 028 to book a phone or face to face appointment. Thank you Tye and Marina for your time and support to the Women’s Housing Ltd Community.
Tuesday 25th June 11am – 2pm Following on from Style Me and Creative Me is the third installment in the series of workshops designed to offer some entertainment, engagement and useful information to our Women’s Housing Community. Financial Me will have guest speakers from Good Shepherd Microfinance Team, lunch provided and door prizes. For more information please click here. Women’s Housing Ltd would like to acknowledge the support from Good Shepherd Microfinance and Richmond Community Learning Centre.
Berwick’s first Cooking and Nutrition Workshop. The residents made pumpkin soup. YUM!
Women’s Housing Ltd’s WAG committee in conjunction with Sisterworks Inc. and Richmond Community Learning Centre hosted the second in a series of ongoing events designed to offer some entertainment, engagement and useful information to our Women’s Housing Community. The day was full of laughs, smiles, connections and dirt as the tenants created kokedama balls with guidance from Sarah from Sarulean Blue.
Style Me was the first in a series of ongoing events designed to offer some useful information to our Women’s Housing community. A team of experts from Wear for Success and many of our tenants attended and enthusiastically discussed how to look good on a budget. "I never get to do nice things just for me - this has been so good" "Oh, I look amazing - thanks for my nice clothes. I have learnt some valuable tips on how to create outfits" Women’s Housing Ltd would also like to acknowledge the support from Wear for Success, Country Women’s Association of Victoria and Richmond Community Learning Centre.
Georgia Ellis from Blue Chip Minds provided a fresh and invigorating session to tenants. The session, Rise Up highlighted the importance of the mindset and how this can be shaped to make better decisions for our future. Some of the comments from the training included: "I wish I had known about this material years earlier - looking forward to practicing these tools" "Looking forward to incorporating techniques into my everyday life" "I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this training - I hope I get to cross paths with Georgia and Blue Chip Minds again" The room was buzzing with excitement throughout the training. Women's Housing Ltd hope to be able to provide more training opportunities to tenants in the future.