Have you booked your ticket to the Affordable Housing Breakfast?

For Housingthe first time, the Illawarra Forum is partnering with the Illawarra Chapter of the Property Council to host a breakfast focussing on Affordable Housing. The focus of the breakfast is to explore both the current policy climate and new opportunities to deliver safe and affordable social, rental and purchasable properties.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers, and see some examples of creative solutions from the Illawarra, and from around the world.

Speakers include:

  • Sebastian James, Director Housing, Disability and Home Care Services, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Nicola Lemon, Chair, Power housing Australia
  • Jennifer Macquarie, Director, Fountaindale Group
  • Joan Ferguson CEO The Housing Trust – the largest not-for-profit community housing organisation in the Illawarra

Access to affordable housing regularly comes up as the most pressing concern for our members, and the clients they serve. The Breakfast event is an opportunity for stakeholders and interested parties across the region to come together to explore the issue of access to safe, appropriate and affordable housing.

Both the Property Council and the Illawarra Forum have been preparing submissions, lobbying and advocating for some time for policy changes which promote the development of more affordable housing.

Both organisations are keen to pursue strategies which would include increasing the supply of social housing, as well as rental properties and purchasable properties which are affordable to people on low incomes.

Time:               7:30am – 9:00am

Date:               Thursday 2nd June 2016

Location:        Foreshore Brasserie,

Wollongong Golf Club,

151-161 Corrimal Street,  Wollongong

Cost:                Members of Illawarra Forum and  Property Council | $25 Non-members | $35

Booking:        www.trybooking.com/JWVZ

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OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

Illawarra Forum | Homeless Persons’ Week

August 4th – 10th was Homeless Person’s Week.

The theme of Homeless Persons’ Week 2014 was Homelessness: We Can’t Afford to Ignore It and the focus was on how ignoring homelessness causes significant costs to individuals, government and society.

Illawarra Forum members regularly advise that the lack of affordable, secure and appropriate housing is the greatest unmet need for their clients. This unmet need affects organisations’ ability to properly address clients’ needs, and certainly imposes significant costs – both financial and emotional.

In recognition of Homeless Person’s Week, the Illawarra Forum hosted a Seminar on “Navigating Housing Options” to outline the Housing Pathways NSW program as well as highlighting other housing alternatives for clients. Some 90 frontline workers attended and gained information and skills to help support clients in need of housing. In lieu of payment, we asked participants to donate non-perishable food items or toiletries. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees.

Warm thanks to our keynote speaker, Gary Moore from Homelessness NSW and to all of our presenters on the day. Special thanks to NSW Family and Community Services for sponsoring the event. And congratulations to Donna Brotherson who was the visionary behind the event, and to Tessa Parsons who made it all happen!

Launch of Path 2 Home App

unnamed‘Path 2 Home’ is a guide to assist those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and do not know where to go for help in the Eurobodalla and Monaro, Jindabyne, Bombala & Shoalhaven regions.

The guide provides a list of the names and location maps of the services in these regions that may be able to help: eg: support agencies, counselling, free showers, toilets, laundry facilities, food banks, free or low cost meals, food parcels or a bed for the night. It is also an invaluable tool for those working in the community sector that would like to know of other places they can go or refer to.

Features of the app include:

  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Location maps
  • Counselling services easily accessible
  • Locate showers and toilets easily
  • Help with Emergency shelter/bed
  • Free/low cost food locations

CLICK HERE to learn more

Homelessness Project

Picture1The joint Shellharbour TAFE, Wollongong Homelessness Hub project is highlighting a need for stable and secure accommodation for thousands of people in the Illawarra.

At this time thousands of people are homeless or are at risk of homelessness and relying on support to keep a roof over their heads. Even more concerning is that over 50% of these people are children and young people.

The project will be holding an event on 7th June 2014 along the North Beach foreshore.

The event will start at 4pm and continue til 7pm ending with those present lighting up a SOS sign on North Beach. The SOS is a symbolic plea to ‘light the night for homelessness’.

Homelessness and unaffordable housing requires immediate attention. The event will be focused on the needs of the families and children who are homeless. We are asking people to contribute through family activity and celebration. The group have some project activity ideas that range for all ages, such as entertainment and food stalls just to name some.

Are you able to:

  1. Have a food stall at the event
  2. Have a space where we can sell the candles (you will receive a sticker for your business in return)
  3. Champion our event by promoting to those you know
  4. Come along on the night and light candles with us
  5. Perform at the afternoon/eventing event
  6. Advertise the event
  7. Provide goods for sale or give away at the event
  8. Support the project in another way we hadn’t thought of.

We invite you to consider supporting us as you may be interested in contributing to the support of our local homeless. There is great need for awareness around homelessness, and contributing financial aid. In order to hold this event we need your support. Your donation would be put toward an extremely beneficial event for the disadvantaged of all walks of life.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0418484301 to discuss your donation and sponsorship further.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

We are happy to announce two new services starting in May.

FREE Legal information, advice and services

Glenda Stares, a solicitor specialising in Family law, wills and Estate law, Criminal law and traffic offences, domestic and personal violence, mental health, credit and debt and residential conveyancing will be running free legal information sessions from 10am to 11am on:
6th May: Wills and Power of Attorney
13th May: Family Law
20th May: Legal advice for elderly women including pitfalls of reverse mortgages.
27th May: Domestic Violence
Please call 4255 6800 to book.Glenda is also offering FREE 20min personal (one on one) information and advice sessions at the IWHC. For these call Glenda direct on 0488 717 173 to book.

Dietitian

Catriona Robinson, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, with her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from UOW can advise you on all aspects of nutrition whether is be to lose weight, maintain you health or manage a chronic health problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure allergies or nutrition in pregnancy.

Catriona provides friendly subsidised consultations at IWHC which are individualised to your needs giving practical dietary strategies. If you are on a care plan, consultations are bulk billed.

Call us on 4255 6800 to make an appointment.

Regular activities @ IWHC

Mondays:
10am-12.30pm: Women’s Circle – meditation, group discussions, card readings, mini Reiki sessions (Gold coin donation)
9.30am – 10.30am: Pilates – $12 a class (Starting 19th May)

Tuesdays:
10-11am: Yoga – great for seniors ($8 a class) 
11.30-2.30pm: Craft Connections FREE
7-9pm: Belly dancing ($12.50 a class)

Wednesdays:
11am-12pm: Tai Chi for beginners ($7 a class) 
10.00am -1.00pm Jewellery Beading Classes($5 plus materials)
1.30-2.30pm: Strength & Conditioning 
2-4pm: Fibromyalgia Support Group (meets last Wednesday of the month, entrance via rear door of Centre)
6.00-7.00pm: Drumming – beginners (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093) 
7-.00 8.00pm: Drumming – advanced (for more information contact Elena 0408 111 093)

Thursdays:
10-11am: Seniors Exercise class  $7
11.00am – 12.00pm – Belly Dancing $8.50
1-2pm – Guided Relaxation class (including Meditation) – FREE 
3.45-4.45pm – Strength & Conditioning (call Tamara Carmody on 0451955609)

Fridays:
12-1pm: HeartMoves,  a gentle exercise program providing a fun, social and safe way to be active. $4 a class. Please call 4225  6800 to book.
7-8.30pm: Sing for your Soul – May 23rd, June 20th , July 25th, August 22nd , Sept 19th , Oct 10th, Nov 7th, Dec 5th. Each class is $20. Contact Ganga at ganga@singingtheself.com or 0412 551 182 or Julia on 0400 420 643 for more information.

Sundays:
12-1pm: Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls, crystal sound therapy. 2-3pm, 2nd and 4th Sunday every month (except 27th April). $10.

For further information on any of the above classes please call 4255 6800 or email info@womenshealthcentre.com.au

Our rooms are available for free of charge for women’s groups to meet – please contact us if you have further inquiries.

Special health care services @ IWHC
Below is a list of some of our services @IWHC that we’ve decided to highlight this month.
Appointments are ALWAYS necessary – NO DROP-IN SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE
CALL 4255 6800 for appointments unless alternate mobile number is provided below

Women’s Health Doctor will be available for consultations every Thursday
Women’s Health Nurse Consultant Clinic is available Monday to Thursday

Mondays:
Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Homeopath (Helen McGuire) by appointment 0407 840 387
Naturopath (Amanda Howe) by appointment 0411 217 768
Massage by appointment 4225 6800

Tuesdays:
Psychologist (Desley Hennessy) by appointment 0412 123 293 (Bulk billing available with a mental health plan)
Lomi Lomi massage (Hawaiin) by appointment 4225 6800

Wednesdays:
Bowen Therapist (Deb Salvesen) by appointment 0439 493 513
Bowen Therapy is a gentle, relaxing technique that provides relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.
4-6pm Counsellor, by appointment FREE

Thursdays:
9am-4pm Counsellor by appointment FREE
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 4255 6800

Fridays:
9am-4pm Counsellor (free of charge to all women)
9am-4pm Massage Therapist (Linda Fenech) by appointment 4255 6800
Reflexology – for appointments please call Denise on 0402 86 3611.

Free legal advice
Provided by a lawyer from the Illawarra Legal Centre. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 10am-12pm
Appointments essential – call 42556800

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is located at 2-14 Belfast Ave, Warilla.
p: 4255 6800

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Illawarra Women’s Health Centre is a women’s health focused medical practice and health care centre, where we also provide a range of complementary therapies, a pelvic floor chair, massage, counselling, educative groups/sessions on women’s health and wellbeing and we provide rooms free of charge for women’s groups to meet. The majority of our services are low cost or are for free.

www.womenshealthcentre.com.au

Women’s Refuges | UNDER THREAT

Every year, thousands of women and children in NSW are homeless.

Some are fleeing the terror of domestic violence, others are struggling with the consequences of serious mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, childhood abuse and neglect or sexual assault.

For nearly 40 years these vulnerable women and children have found a safe place and the support they need at one of a network of almost 20 women-only refuges throughout inner city Sydney.

You might know some of the names of these services – Elsie Women’s Refuge, B Miles, Detour House, Jean’s Place, Stepping Out Housing Program, Women and Girls Emergency Centre and Young People’s Refuge.

By 30 September 2014, most of these refuges will close.

They will be replaced by new services that will house men, women, families and children.

Under a radical overhaul of services for homeless people in NSW – known as Going Home, Staying Home (GHSH) – the NSW Government is funding just one women only service in inner city Sydney.

The consequences for homeless women and children will be disastrous.

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