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 Sunshine enjoyed a BBQ lunch together while being involved in a job network information session. Terrific afternoon!
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.
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.
“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”
Residents of the Mount Martha Rooming House were involved in a project using art to link images of the community with their own stories.
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.
On 5 May 2015 at the Richmond Town Hall, Women’s Housing Limited hosted an Expo The Mayor of the City of Yarra, Phillip Vlahogiannis opened the event. The day was filled with giveaways, workshops and information sessions. 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. The 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. Some Comments “Enjoyed the spread of activities and information” “Loved the massage and the yoga and the food!” “I had a wonderful time. Thanks!” “Fantastic initiative. Liked the variety of topics covered” “I found it great to be able to receive advice on most of my day to day problems” “Women’s Housing Ltd have always produced great newsletters. Interesting activities and events! Thanks for going strong. All the effort is really worth it. Thank You to Volunteers” “Thankyou – wonderful space, well organised – very supportive, Very grateful to be involved. Art therapy was fantastic!”