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International Womens Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day gives me time to reflect on the amazing Wollongong Emergency Family Housing women that inspired me to keep making a difference – to grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters and aunties that are currently experiencing homelessness, lets all work on giving their life more balance. Mandy Booker, General Manager.

 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is today, it’s a day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through, and the accomplishments they have made despite the barriers.

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Thank you ASCO

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting these amazing young people from ASCO at Wollongong Youth Centre. They are participants in the ‘Transition to work program’, which assist young people into sustainable employment and education within the Illawarra. The group raised money for our service through a Bunnings BBQ. The staff and clients of the Hub would like to say a big thank you for your support.

 

Workskills

Brad contacted Workskills after seeing his brother’s success. Unsure of the right career path for him, Brad tried a few different vocations with Workskills support. With his strong work ethic and desire to help others Brad was offered the opportunity to work with the amazing staff at Wollongong Emergency Family Housing on the Community Movers Truck. Brad’s “can do” attitude and infectious smile has made him a very popular member of The Homeless Hub Team. Brad’s role has expanded to include mentoring and training new staff. Brad reports he loves his job and is saving to buy himself a car. (article and imaged source from Workskills Facebook page)

Homeless Count

It’s getting close to the inaugural Wollongong Homeless Street Count, which will take place on 18/19 February (between the hours of 12am and 3am).

Registrations are still open until tonight if you would like to participate in the count, click on the below link – please share : )

The street count will assist Illawarra homeless support services to develop responses to homelessness according to need. Results can be used to advocate to state and federal governments, along with potential partners, for the resources necessary to achieve enduring solutions to homelessness.

Counting the numbers of people experiencing primary homelessness is only one method of collecting data but it is an important one.

The Wollongong Homeless Street Count is a collaborative initiative of IRT Foundation, Wollongong Homeless Hub and Wollongong City Council.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wollongong-homeless-street-…

Position Vacant – Support Worker

• Employer: Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Inc.
• Work Type/s: Full Time
• Classification/s: Housing and Homelessness
• Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
• Location: Wollongong
• Applications close: 14th February 2019

Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Inc. (WEFH) provides assistance to the homeless and those at imminent risk of homelessness. The “Homeless Hub” is a vibrant busy service providing the only drop in assistance to the homeless in the Wollongong area. WHH is funded by Family and Community Services through Service Support Funding and the role of the organisation is to fill gaps in the current homelessness sector. WEFH also provides limited transitional accommodation for families and individuals in crisis. Housing Support and Case management is provided by Support Workers to assist families and individuals, address their needs and support them in the transition to secure housing options.

A 12 month fixed term position exists for a Support Worker to join our team. This position pertains to child related employment and a Working with Children and Criminal Check is required.

The successful applicant will be paid under SCHADS Award 3.1 – 3.4 based upon experience /qualifications and is eligible for Salary Sacrifice.

Hours: 35 hours per week

The key responsibilities of the role will include
 Work collaboratively with staff and other service delivery teams to enhance access, effectiveness and quality of service delivery and client outcomes.
 Support the Team Leader in the implementation and maintenance review of service programs.
 Ensure community based care and support work delivered by the team using a holistic person centred approach.
 Experience working with vulnerable families and individuals

Essential Criteria
 Minimum Diploma Qualifications and relevant experience in the Community Services sector in particular working with the homeless, relevant experience in the humanities.
 Experience working with vulnerable families and individuals and understanding of the issues associated with homelessness
 Demonstrated experience in managing a case load and case planning, including with persons with complex needs (e.g drug and alcohol issues along with homelessness, mental health, contact with criminal justice system).
 Proven ability to work from a trauma informed approach including with persons who may present with complex issues and challenging behaviours.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Competency with MS Office Programs including experience in computerised data collection.
 Knowledge of current legislation of mandatory reporting
 Knowledge and experience of liaising with Government and community based organisations and resources
 Proven ability to work as part of a team, take direction from supervisor and also to work autonomously and make decisions as required.
 Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment and deal with competing demands
 Knowledge of current Work Health and Safety Legislation
 Current, unencumbered NSW Drivers Licence.

Desirable Criteria
 Demonstrated group work skills
 Experience in social or affordable housing (preferred)
 Experience working within a drop in service environment.

Job Notes
 This position will be based within the Homeless Hub with occasional appointments and support requirements off site.
 Physical requirements: The ability to lift and carry allowable weight amounts

It is a requirement of this position that applicants who apply must have or must be willing to apply for a valid National Police Check, a Working with Children Check and a valid Vulnerable Persons Check

How to apply for this job

Please forward your written application addressing all of the selection criteria along with your resume including two current referees.

Applications addressed to: The General Manager Private and Confidential and emailed to: info@wefh.org.au

Further enquiries contact 4228 0955

Applications Close: 14th February 2019 at 9am

Job Description Link: JD Support Worker

Wollongong Homeless Street Count

The inaugural Wollongong Homeless Street Count will take place on 18/19 February, between the hours of 12am and 3am.

The count is relying on the goodwill and participation of more than 50 volunteers.

Street counts aim to collect accurate and up-to-date information about the number of people sleeping rough in the local area. People occupying beds in temporary shelters and homelessness hostels are also counted.

People living in boarding houses, staying with friends or living in other forms of non-secure housing are not counted. No information regarding the specific location of rough sleepers is published.

The street count will assist Illawarra homeless support services to develop responses to homelessness according to need. Results can be used to advocate to state and federal governments, along with potential partners, for the resources necessary to achieve enduring solutions to homelessness.

Counting the numbers of people experiencing primary homelessness is only one method of collecting data but it is an important one.

The Wollongong Homeless Street Count is a collaborative initiative of IRT Foundation, Wollongong Homeless Hub and Wollongong City Council.

Click on the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wollongong-homeless-street-count-2019-tickets-54675958263?fbclid=IwAR1ktfel6M5PJZifMwREZUPXmEE2nwY13UG-kaVLn0WyR1N9QDCTZZ2e0Yw

Service Update

A brief service update – we were very fortunate to help house three of our beautiful families into private housing just before Christmas. This was very exciting for everyone involved given the current housing climate and timing to see people move into sustainable housing.

In December we saw an increase in food support giving out between 60 to 80 food parcels per week – this was on top of the Christmas Hampers we gave out. The food donations we receive from the community is so valuable to our service and client need.

Attached is an updated service schedule, lets hope 2019 see’s more people moving from ‘homelessness to home’

Christmas Lunch

We had an amazing Christmas Lunch towards the end of last year. This party would not of been possible without the continued support of Ryan Park MP and Community for their annual toy drive, Kollaras for providing our lunch, Dragonfly Parties at Woonona for entertaining everyone with face painting, balloon games, music and more, also the Greenacres Team for fundraising and collecting items for their 100 rough sleeper hampers campaign to support the Wollongong Homeless Hub 12 Weeks till Christmas. Thank you again to everyone in the Community for your continued support.

 

Happy New Year 2019

Happy new year Hub Family -, we are very excited to advise that we exceeded our target of 200 hampers for Christmas. We are able to provide an additional 50 hampers/ food parcels to give out through the month of January.

Thank you so much to everyone in the community who supported our service and clients including schools, community groups, government and non-government organisations and individuals who collected food items, vouchers and toys for our Hampers. Also to those who helped with packing our food hampers thank you for your time. Through your support Wollongong Homeless Hub saw many smiles during a time that can be difficult for many.

The last week till Christmas

On the last week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Chocolate, Jelly/ fruit cups, Coffee/Tea, Christmas fruit cake/ pudding and custard, snack food, assorted biscuits, $10.00 food/entertainment vouchers, bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

Any chocolate will be great – chocolate blocks, chocolate bars, box of chocolates, jaffas, m n ms, freckles etc. Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Bella for creating our final Christmas art piece – it looks amazing! 🤶🎅

Many thanks to everyone who have been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

The 2nd week till Christmas

On the 2nd week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Jelly/ fruit cups, Coffee/Tea, Christmas fruit cake/ pudding and custard, snack food, assorted biscuits, $10.00 food/entertainment vouchers, bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Ajay for taking the time to create this weeks Christmas picture…it looks great! 🤶 🎅

Many thanks to everyone who have been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our 12 weeks till Christmas!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our 12 weeks till Christmas. We are extremely thankful to everyone giving up their time in organizing their workplace, community group, school, and individual in collecting items each week for our Hampers and for helping us set up for Christmas. We appreciate the community support ☺️

The 3rd week till Christmas

On the 3rd week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Coffee, Christmas fruit cake/ pudding and custard, snack food, assorted biscuits, $10.00 food/entertainment vouchers, bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

This can include small jars of plain or flavored coffee, coffee bags, coffee sachet etc. Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Lance for taking the time to create this weeks Christmas picture…it looks great! 🤶 🎅

Many thanks to everyone who have been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

 

4th week till Christmas

On the 4th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Christmas fruit cake/ pudding and custard, snack food, assorted biscuits, $10.00 food/entertainment vouchers, bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Evie for taking the time to create this weeks Christmas picture…it looks great! 🤶 🎅

Many thanks to everyone who have been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

5th Week till Christmas

On the 5th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me snack food, assorted biscuits, $10.00 food/entertainment vouchers, bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

This can include muesli bars, breakfast biscuits, cheese snacks, fruit bars etc. Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Tom for taking the time to create this weeks Christmas picture…it looks great! 🤶 🎅

Many thanks to everyone who have been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

Regional Achievement and Community Awards

On Friday night we were able to represent our service by attending the Regional Achievement and Community Awards in Orange, as a Finalist. Unfortunately we did not place in our category, but that’s o k we will give it another go next year! There were so many deserving organisations on the night and would like to pass on our congratulations to them.