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Welcome Back 2018

Good morning Hub Community and welcome to 2018, we hope everyone kept safe over the Christmas Break 😀 Our service is well into the swing of things having been open since the 2 January, since then we have been able to house 5 clients, provide 121 hot breakfast, 48 rough sleeper packs and 22 showers.

Our service is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 10am for breakfast (rough sleepers/ and those in temporary accommodation), 10am to 2pm drop in service support and from 2pm to 4pm appointment only. Please refer to attached flyer for outreach service supports that attend the hub regularly.

We would also like to say thank you to Kneading Ruby who provided a Christmas Eve lunch for the clients of our service (below photograph by Sylvia Liber), thank you to Woolworths Wollongong for providing a Christmas shop to one of our family’s, also thank you to the 17 Branch Manager’s and staff of CBA who dedicated their time in collecting activity vouchers, presents and non-perishable food for our service.

As we received an amazing amount of donations of non-perishable food, we are still continuing to hand out rough sleeper packs, thank you once again to the Illawarra Community for supporting our Christmas Hamper Drive.

Christmas Lunch

What a fantastic day we’ve all had, thank you to the many people who volunteered their time to assist will cleaning, setting and packing up, with entertaining the children and adults, serving and donating food, and making delicious treats for our many guests to eat. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year from Wollongong Homeless Hub.

Christmas Lunch

After many hours of packing Christmas hampers yesterday, we are very excited to announce that we have reach our goal of 100 hampers, we were also able to pack an additional 50 rough sleeper hampers (which are in the orange bags) and also have estimated that we will get close to fulfilling our rough sleeper demand in January for rough sleeper food packs. Our service cannot thank the Illawarra Community enough for donating the items on the Christmas List, as well as those who donated their time to put the hampers together. Thank you Illawarra – You are Amazing! 😀😀

Updated photos

Some more updated pics on the progress of our packing : )

Hamper Packing Day

Our ‘Hamper Packing Day’ has just began, we have had an overwhelming response from our wonderful Illawarra Community in support of our Christmas Hamper Drive. Keep watching for further updates throughout the day : ) Thank you to everyone – you are amazing.

2 Friday’s til Christmas

Just two more Friday’s til Christmas, I have combined the last two items together as we will be packing the hampers next week.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our 12 Friday’s til Christmas Hamper Drive – look out for some pics next week to see how your geneorsity and kindness has supported individuals and families of the Illawarra.

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 2nd and last Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub custard, jelly/ fruit cups, instant flavoured pasta/rice, fruit cake/ pudding, snack food, chocolate/ lollies, coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. If you are able to call ahead before dropping off items on 4228 0955 as sometimes we may have to close the service during our operating times. Thank you

UOW Pulse

We had a visit from UOW Pulse yesterday who brought in some much needed thongs, shirts and non-perishable food items, along with items for our 12 Fridays of Christmas. Thank you UOW Pulse Community for your support as well as UOW Student Central for your donation to the Hub. We would also like to thank everyone who has supported and donated to the Hub

3rd Friday til Christmas

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 3rd Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub instant flavoured pasta/rice, fruit cake/ pudding, snack food, chocolate/ lollies, coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. The team and clients of the hub greatly appreciate the support that we have received for our Christmas Hamper Drive. Thank you to our mini hubber artist who have been getting creative each week with our pictures.

News Update

As we are in the Christmas period our service is getting busier than ever, seeing 40+ individuals/ families in a 5 hour window with two support staff. This may mean that we are unable to respond to FB message/ email/ phone calls as quickly as we would like. We appreciate more than ever the support of the community and service sector and your patience through this Christmas period.

Due to the Illawarra being a popular holiday destination it means that the lack of available affordable accommodation including caravan parks, hotel/ motel are at capacity leaving not a lot of choice for individuals/ families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Rustic Vintage Retro Festive Event

Rustic Vintage Retro proudly presents “Merry Folkin’ Christmas” – an evening of festive tunes performed by local artists.

This event will showcase a variety of singers and musicians from the Wollongong area, who will each put their own spin on Christmas inspired songs, both classic and contemporary.

In the spirit of giving, all proceeds will go to Wollongong Homeless Hub to support them in their efforts to provide a one-stop-shop for homelessness resources.

BYO drinks and nibbles and settle in for an evening of fun and festivity.

Limited tickets available. Purchase your tickets online to secure your seat.

https://www.rusticvintageretro.com.au/events

4th Friday til Christmas

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 4th Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub fruit cake/ pudding, snack food, chocolate/ lollies, coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. The team and clients of the hub greatly appreciate the support that we have received for our Christmas Hamper Drive. Thank you to our mini hubber artist who have been getting creative each week with our pictures.

Advent Calendar

Staff at Wollongong Homeless Hub have created an Advent Calendar to bring some Christmas cheer to the service which will start tomorrow for our Breakfast Program clients (rough sleepers/ta). During breakfast each person will be given a ticket – the winning ticket at the end of breakfast gets to open a door for their gift. Thank you to the Whites, Jennison and Sheils families for donating the gifts for our Advent Calendar.

Red Ribbon Day

1 December is Red Ribbon Day. ISLHD Drug & Alcohol services are partnering with Community Drug Action Teams across Illawarra and other services to host a High Tea to Celebrate Red Ribbon Day. Please follow the link below for information. Jose, a HIV Positive speaker will share his story and you will learn about current testing and treatments available and supports that local services are providing.
http://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Drug_and_Alcohol/news.asp

For more info on World Aids Day & HIV visit
http://www.worldaidsday.org.au/…/pu…/Content/get-the-facts-1

 

5th Friday til Christmas

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 5th Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub snack food, chocolate/ lollies, coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. Snack food can be muesli bars, fruit snacks, cheese snacks, fun size packs. The team and clients of the hub greatly appreciate the support that we have received for our Christmas Hamper Drive. Thank you to our mini hubber artist who have been getting creative each week with our pictures.

6th Friday til Christmas

I can’t believe that there are only 6 more Friday’s til Christmas –
(This requires singing please!!) “On the 6th Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub chocolate/ lollies, coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. The team and clients of the hub greatly appreciate the support that we have received for our Christmas Hamper Drive.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation

A special message from one of our junior hub visitors today – thank you to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation for supplying our service back packs filled with goodies for the children who attend our service with their parents. Also to Richard our ‘residential artist’ for supplying the program, which allows our mini visitors to be occupied while their parents are being assisted by our support workers.

Casual Pool – Support Staff

Housing Support Worker – Casual

Wollongong Emergency Family Housing Inc. (WEFH) operating as Wollongong Homeless Hub (WHH) 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 Housing Support Workers to assist families and individuals, address their needs and support them in the transition to secure housing options.

WEFH is assembling a Casual pool for Housing Support Workers to join our team. This position pertains to child related employment and a Working with Children and Criminal Record Check is required.

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

Hours: Casual

Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications and relevant experience in the Community Services sector in particular working with the homeless
  • Experience working with vulnerable families and individuals
  • Understanding of the issues associated with homelessness
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of current legislation related to Child Protection Issues
  • Knowledge and experience of liaising with Government and community based organisations.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team in a flexible highly motivated busy  environment
  • Computer literacy.
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence.

Desirable:

  • Demonstrated group work skills
  • Tenancy experience
  • Knowledge of intake, assessment and referral practices
  • Experience in case management
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Knowledge of current Work Health and Safety Legislation
  • Aboriginal/ TSI or those from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background are encouraged to apply

All applications MUST address selection criteria (Essential and Desirable) and attach your resume including two referees. Please forward your application to The General Manager, Wollongong Homeless Hub, 24 Kenny Street, Wollongong NSW 2500 or Email: info@wefh.org.au.  Further enquiries contact 4228 0955.  For further information click on ‘Job Description Link’ JD Housing Support Worker

Applications Close: 24 November 2017 at 5pm

 

7th Friday til Christmas

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 7th Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub coffee, pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. The coffee could include small jars of flavoured or plain coffee. A big thanks to everyone who have donated items.

 

8th Friday til Christmas

(This requires singing please!!) “On the 8th Friday of Christmas my community gave to the Hub pancake shake/ maple flavoured syrup, salted nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and assorted biscuits”.

If you would like to participate item’s can be dropped off at 24 Kenny Street Wollongong between 8.30am – 3pm. A big thanks to everyone who have donated items.