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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.

 

6th week till Christmas

On the 6th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me 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 cream filled, savoury – rice or wheat, wafers, crackers etc. Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Olivia for creating this master piece…it looks great! .🤶 🎅

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

 

7th Week of Christmas

On the 7th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me $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!!)

Wow I can’t believe we are less than 7 weeks away till Christmas, this year we thought we would ask for $10.00 food vouchers so that individuals/ families could purchase some fresh food to go with their hampers, or if you are able to donate an entertainment voucher for example a cinema, bowling, play centre, flip out voucher etc, for the children to have something exciting to do in the school holidays. Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Lance for creating this master piece…it looks great! .🤶

Thank you also to everyone who has currently been collecting and donating for our 12 Weeks till Christmas Hamper fundraiser.

Breakfast with ITree

We would like to say thank you to Ben, Nadia and the team of volunteers from Itree for helping out during our Breakfast Program last Friday.

Our hub family are so used to feeling that people forget them or don’t want to listen to their stories. We would like to share some of the feedback we received from our clients on the morning – “it was nice for people to take time and show that they care and listen to us” and “ so they wanted to help us even though we are homeless ?” I would like to personally thank-you and your team for showing such genuine care and compassion for our hub family. It is extremely important to myself and our organisation that our clients are given the dignity and respect that they deserve and you certainly did this 😀.

 

8th Week till Christmas

On the 8th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me bottled water, salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

(this week can include any type of bottled water 300ml – 600ml). Preference for drop off is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you to Innella (6 yrs old) one of our younger artist for creating this fabulous art piece this week…it looks amazing.

 

Thank you from our Client

This week we received this beautiful thank you from one our clients, that we wanted to share with you.

‘Our tenant Smith secured a private rental and left our transitional property yesterday with two young children, when our tenant handed the keys back, Smith dropped off some flowers and chocolates for all staff and a beautiful thank you card for the staff at the Homeless Hub’ (name has been changed)

We are so proud and grateful to have been apart of this amazing family’s journey. A special acknowledgement to the wonderful work our Tenancy Officer has done to help this family achieve this outcome.

9th Week till Christmas

On the 9th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me salted/ chocolate nuts, soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

(this week can include any type of nuts, tv mixes, flavoured nuts) Preference for drop is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Lucas for creating this wonderful art piece this week…it looks fantastic.

10th Week till Christmas

On the 10th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me soft drink/ cordial, potato chips and a mixed bag of lollies (be sure to sing the tune!!)

(this week can include flavoured drinks including soft drink, cordial, ice tea, flavoured mineral water, juice) Preference for drop is Friday’s between 8.30am – 4.30pm 1/1 Young Street Wollongong. Thank you Remi for creating our art piece this week…it looks amazing.

POSITION VACANT – Casual Housing Tenancy Support Worker

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 Housing Support Workers to assist families and individuals, address their needs and support them in the transition to secure housing options.

A position exists for a Housing Tenancy Support Officer (Casual) 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 based upon experience /qualifications and is eligible for Salary Sacrifice.

Hours: CASUAL

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 and Tenancy Officer 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:

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications and relevant experience in the Community Services sector in particular working with the homeless
  • 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).
  • Experience in social or affordable housing
  • Detailed knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act and experience liaising with Government and community based organisations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Competency with MS Office Programs and Property Management Databases 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
  • Ability to work as a part of a team in a flexible highly motivated busy  environment
  • Knowledge of current Work Health and Safety Legislation
  • Current, unencumbered NSW Drivers Licence.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Demonstrated group work skills

 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

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.  Click on link to view job description JD Housing Support_Tenancy Worker_Casual

Applications Close: 29 October 2018 at 5pm