Solar for St Pats

This is a great little Freo story. Some very generous  Freo solar and electrical businesses have got together to donate a 6kw solar PV system to one of the housing venues that St Pat’s run in Freo so they can not only lower carbon footprint but also reduce their electricity costs and have more to spend on helping those in need. It is a great outcome.

Here is how WTV reported it on Undercurrent.


‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ – a ‘Housing First’ Approach

It was great to be at the ‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ Campaign event this morning hosted by Fremantle MLA and Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk at Parliament House.

The ‘50 Lives 50 Homes’ Campaign is a targeted campaign to collaboratively address the ongoing challenges of housing and supporting homeless people with complex needs who are sleeping rough.

The campaign is using a ‘Housing First’ approach. This approach is based on the concept that a homeless individual’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing and that other issues that may affect the person can and should be addressed once housing is obtained.

Clients are better able to engage with services, address their mental health, drug and alcohol, and any other support needs once they have stable accommodation. Housing First aims to remove the barriers between individuals and access to housing and support.

To date 50 Lives 50 Homes has achieved the following:

▪ 50 households (with a total of 66 people) have been housed

▪ 46 of these since June 2016

▪ 93% remain housed

I was speaking with Simone about how we might be able to work together to do something like this in Fremantle.

The clear evidence is that it is more effective – and cheaper! – to house someone than try to offer them services living on the street!

Now is time to ‘Donate without doubt’

This week (7 to 13 August) is Homelessness Week which seeks to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.

Homelessness continues to rise as an issue across Australia. For example, the number of people accessing specialist homelessness support for financial reasons has increased from 11.2% in 2006-7 to 20.1% in 2015-16 (AHIW, 2016). Fremantle like many centres sees this first hand and is working in partnership with services providers to address this complex and challenging problem.

A  great way for residents to help address homelessness was to support ‘Donate without doubt’. The ‘Donate without doubt’ campaign provides funds to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, allowing the centre to provide vital services to those in need.

Spare change collection boxes placed throughout the CBD provide a convenient and effective way of donating and all donations are matched dollar for dollar by the City of Fremantle.

Since the launch of the ‘Donate without doubt’ initiative in February 2016, more than $12,000 has been donated to St Patrick’s. These donations help provide emergency relief, housing, meals, education and health services.

Fremantle community had a long standing history of giving.  ‘Donate without doubt’ is a joint collaboration between the City of Fremantle, WA Police and Community Newspaper Group.

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As winter sets in…a timely call out for help

St. Pat’s launches their winter appeal next week
Senior case workers will be on hand to give updates about St. Pat’s programs and to give you information on the various ways you can assist St. Pat’s over the winter season.

Join me and like-minded community members as we come together to support Freo’s most vulnerable through the winter.

When: Wednesday, 7th of June 5:30-7pm
Where: St. Pat’s Day Centre,12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle


Sleep Out Under the Stars 2017

Come on down to the beautiful surrounds of the University of Notre Dame for one of Freo’s favourite fundraisers.
Sleep Out Under the Stars is a very special evening, hosted by St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the University of Notre Dame to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

Join us for an evening of live music, kids’ activities and community spirit…you can then opt to stay over in the gorgeous Malloy Courtyard or Prindiville Hall…or you can head home to your own bed 🙂

Musical acts this year include the soulful jazz stylings of Lois Olney, folk songstress Ezer Eve and of course the fabulous Starlight Hotel featuring clients from St. Pat’s.

Soup provided by Empyrean and crusty bread from Bread in Common.

This ia a family-friendly event…no alcohol permitted.

This is a wonderful way to start a conversation with your friends and family around homelessness…but it’s also a lot of fun too. Hope to see you there!

Saturday May the 6th from 5.30pm at University of Notre Dame Australia

19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

Wayne’s Story

I just read this story about Wayne, one our newest employees at the City of Freo in the Parks team and thought it was a nice way to start the week:

Wayne’s story |

“I love to work for the Council… they’re a very, very friendly team.” You might see Wayne happily working in the City’s green spaces as one of two new staff with disability in our Parks team.

He secured the job through a partnership between the City and his local Disability Employment Service (DES) Biz Link. “I was unemployed for a couple months and then Biz Link got in touch with me and they said to me – we’ve got another job for you at Fremantle council.”

Wayne has tried a number of jobs since he was in an accident 20 years ago. While he hasn’t enjoyed all of these roles, he was still motivated to find fullfilling work. “If you don’t work and you haven’t got many friends you can’t really communicate. But you come to work and you’re talking to people you work with and that’s really good.”

If you or someone you know with disability is looking for work, start today by contacting a DES provider such as BizLink, Community First, Forrest Personnel and EDGE Employment Solutions.

City of Fremantle workplace achievements

All initiatives are developed as part of the City of Fremantle Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) 2016-20 which provides that people with a disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with the City of Fremantle.

This is to be achieved by:

  1. ​People with a ​disability will be encouraged and supported to apply for roles with the City.
  2. City workplaces will be accessible and safe for existing and new staff.
  3. The City will create, develop and customise employment opportunities and roles for people with a disability.

Achievements to date

  • Successful appointment of two people with disabilities via a targeted employment approach.
  • Successful grant funding application which will see the hire of a young trainee with a disability in the new financial year.
  • Successful grant funding application for on-site training which provided vision awareness training and will deliver training in deafness awareness and mental health awareness training targeting customer facing staff as well as ELT and EM’s.
  • Developed and implemented an online disability awareness training program available to all staff via LMS and which is mandatory for new employees as part of the induction program.
  • Attainment of salary budget which will be used to create customised position opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Securing of a 12 month partnership agreement with job access which delivers specialist support and expertise to the City on disability employment including free training for recruiters of the organisation.
  • Changes to internal recruitment processes such as offering access assistance when inviting for interviews and offering documents in alternative formats.
  • Built relationships with the local disability employment providers and implemented a process whereby all vacancies are disseminated to the providers.
  • Placed two people with disabilities into work experience opportunities.

We have more work planned over the next year which will see out recruitment processes and practices as ‘best practice’ for disability employment and achieve the City’s strategy of being an accessible and inclusive organisation.

Fremantle Foundation Impact100 Launch Night for 2017

This Fremantle Foundation event is a good one to put on your calendar for the end of this month

The details are 6.00pm on Thursday 30th March 2017 at Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle

Here the Fremantle Foundation is having its Impact100 Fremantle Launch Night 2017

It is a great opportunity learn more about the Impact100 Fremantle experience and hear an inspiring update from their 2016 major grant recipient Night Hoops..

For those of you that haven’t heard of Impact100 Fremantle it is a great way to come together and make a positive difference in our local community. The strategy includes making one primary grant of $100,000 each year – a game changing grant – empowering a local charity to dream bigger. Donors at an annual Grant Awards Dinner choose the grant recipient collectively.

The more the merrier so please bring your friends, family and colleagues and help launch Impact100 Fremantle. All are welcome.

The bigger our circle grows, the greater the impact we can have.

Become an Impact100 Fremantle member

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