Our 30th birthday party is fast approaching!

Illawarra Womens Health CentrePlease join us next week at 4.00pm for our AGM, followed by our party

to celebrate the Centre providing services to women of the Illawarra for the past 30 years!

With a 1980’s theme: big hair, fluoro gym wear, french onion dip, and great memories of the past its going to be lots of fun! We look forward to seeing you here.

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre team
RSVP (for catering purposes): Monday 24th Oct 4255 6800

Taking a Stand for Young Women

Illawarra Womens Health CentreIn only 6 days we have raised over $10,000, which is incredible!

A huge thank you to those who have supported us so far.

BUT it means we only have 4 days left to raise the remaining amount ($9,000), and be able to keep running this exceptional program – empowering young women to protect themselves against domestic violence (in all its forms), be mentally healthy and resilient and lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

It’s a highly successful program, which we have developed locally, working with young women in the more marginalised suburbs of the Illawarra – many of whom are at risk.

If you have liked or shared our facebook page thank you so much. Please consider also donating.

Every dollar counts – and your support now would be fantastic (and tax deductible!)

We know it’s an ambitious target  – but we believe we can do it.  With your help.

Click on the picture and have a look at the powerful video on the crowdfunding page – where the young women talk – in their own words – about the benefits of the program!



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

Illawarra Forum



Volunteer Position | Computer Training Assistant

Are you conversant with technology and have the capacity to share this information with people who are blind or have low vision?

Then you may be the volunteer we are looking for at Vision Australia Wollongong.

We require a volunteer to assist interested Clients master the use of information technology, in particular touch screen Apple and Android devices. You must have a passion for training, excellent computer skills and have the ability to share this information in a professional, patient and diligent manner with people who are blind or have low vision.

Full training will be provided. If you are interested please contact Sally Thompson on 4220 4300 or email sally.thompson@visionaustralia.org.


Real Illawarra and I are hosting an screening of a fabulous new film ALL ABOUT E Hoyts Cinema Warrawong, Wed Nov 4, 6.30pm if enough tickets are sold over the next week.

This film is written and directed by Sydney based and brilliant gay filmaker Louise Wadley.

ALL ABOUT E is a great lesbian and gay film, its been made locally and is about our own community.

Its a funny, moving, thoughtful film that she and her partner has worked so hard over so many years to create.

This Aussie Independent feature was a smash hit at this year‘s Mardi Gras Film Festival, San Francisco’s Frameline festival and Outfest in LA. The San Francisco Chronicle said it was “the most feel-good movie of the festival…featuring laughs, suspense, a deliriously good sex scene, and a rousing finale. All About E” has something for everyone”  It’s a comedy caper with a romantic twist (and a dog!) You can watch the trailer here

For the screening to go ahead , the way it works is that if 50 people reserve their ticket on the TUGG website, the screening goes ahead, and if not the cinema will put on something else so buy yours now 🙂 You can get your tickets here .

If you have seen it already, come and enjoy it again and simply support GLBTIQ arts and invite your friends.

ALL ABOUT E at Hoyts Cinema Warrawong, Wed Nov 4, 6.30. You can get your tickets here .

It will be a great event with a Q&A with the film-maker.

Lets support  independent film makers here in the Illawarra. Book your tickets here

Please send this email to everyone and join the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/481543738696310/