News & Events

 Partnership win for northern beaches 

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                                        Photo: Bridge Housing Chair Mark Turner, Women's Housing Company Chair Alice Spizzo, the Minister for Family and Community Services the Hon. Pru Goward, Bridge Housing CEO John Nicolades and CEO Women's Housing Company Debbie Georgopoulos 

Bridge Housing and Women's Housing Company have been awarded the competitive tender to manage the northern beaches public housing portfolio of 1,201 properties on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years.

Click on on the  media release for further information   Media Relase Bridge Housing & Women's Housing Company

 

 New Housing for Older Women in Woolloomooloo

 

The Women’s Housing Company is proud to partner with the NSW Government to deliver more social housing for older women. Thursday 17 August marked the handing over of keys from the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to the Women's Housing Company for 20 new units in the heart of Woolloomooloo.

The keys were handed over by Hugh Phemister, Executive Director Projects at LAHC and received by Chair, Alice Spizzo. Ms Spizzo commended the collaboration and hard work of all involved in making the project a great success. 

The carefully designed building places great emphasis on a sense of community, and recognises the site’s heritage through the design of the entrance. The features include a wonderfully landscaped courtyard for residents to meet and a ground floor common room that will create a hub of activity for tenants and the surrounding community.

This new housing for older women in Woolloomooloo is a wonderful response to the need for more social housing.

 

 

Cutting of the Ribbon 1

WHC Chair Alice Spizzo and Hugh Phemister, Executive Director LAHC

 

  

Dowling Street Group Shot 2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Official Handover to Women's Housing Company

Images courtesy of Kevin Chamberlain Photography

 Mid-winter celebration 2017

On 26 July, more than 40 tenants joined us in Ashfield for our annual mid-winter celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, enjoy lunch together, and hear the latest WHC news.  It was the first celebration for new CEO, Debbie Georgopoulos, who spoke passionately about Women’s Housing Company’s achievements over the last 35 years. Debbie went on to share details of the forthcoming Women Staying Well initiative and was joined by new Community Engagement Coordinator, Fiona Forrest, in urging tenants to stay connected, and have their say in shaping services. Guests came up with a host of suggestions for getting involved including outings, digital learning, well-being classes and creative writing.

 

They were also keen to learn more about the role of the Tenant Advisory Group (TAG), which long term tenant, Dianna Kelly went on to talk about. As part of the celebration, guests were treated to a screening of the touching short film, Video Stories, put together by members of the TAG:

https://app.frame.io/r/1Q9uHebs

After a delicious meal, tenants enjoyed taking snaps of each other with party cameras. The afternoon came to a close with line dancing and a prize draw. Guests commented: “Great day! Am so glad I came… Food was amazing… Great to meet new ladies.” and “Really enjoyed myself. Food and company were great. Beautiful day. Thank you,” as they left clutching glamourous goodie bags generously donated by Marie Claire magazine.

Congratulations to our winners Zareena, Milena and Wen Jing, and a warm thank you to everyone who joined us, in helping make the day such a success.

 

Mid winter celebration 2

  

Tenants and staff enjoying a meal at the event

   

Tenants Advisory Group Meetings

The  Tenants Advisory Group (TAG) meets every two months to share information, exchange experiences and influence services. Discussions have included improving repairs, supporting more tenants to get involved and deciding which social events to put on. TAG members have also enjoyed free creative workshops and learning new skills.

Tenants Advisory Group Meetings in 2017

    • Thursday 16 February – Surry Hills 
    • Tuesday 4 April – Ashfield
    • Thursday 8 June – Surry Hills
    • Wednesday 9 August – Ashfield
    • Thursday 5 October – Parramatta
    • Tuesday 12 December – Surry Hills

The next TAG meeting will take place at 10am on Wednesday 9 August in Parramatta. 

Please contact Fiona on 8202 9312 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 

Women Staying Well Initiative

Women’s Housing Company has started an exciting new project to better assist single women living in social housing - aged 55 years and older - to remain well, connected and able to age in place.

The project, known as the Women Staying Well Initiative, began in July 2017, with plans for implementation over the next three years. Using evidence-based research, the project will directly engage with and assist our older tenants, at the same time as developing a new model and set of tools to help social housing providers be proactive in supporting tenants to successfully age-in-place.

Stage 1 in the new project is to develop a Women Staying Well Framework. The Framework will describe how the project will be rolled out in Sydney, how support will be offered to tenants, what partnerships will be established, and how we will know if the project is successful.

To help shape the Women Staying Well Framework and Implementation Plan, Women’s Housing Company is inviting people to several planned consultations to be held between July and September 2017.

 

 

                                                                                           

 

 

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