More new housing underway

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More new housing underway

CatholicCare’s new social and affordable housing plans were on display yesterday as Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar toured the development site where 55 new dwellings will be built on the grounds of the former Abbotsfield Road Primary school. These are for Tasmanian housing priority applicants with 45 dwellings funded by an Australian Government grant of $8m which was announced in February this year.

“This is an exciting project and no-one’s dragging their feet,” said Minister Sukkar, “It’s been an extraordinarily quick process by the usual standards.”

CatholicCare Tasmania Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson said, “CatholicCare is contributing a further $9m to this development, which will enable an extra 10 dwellings to be built on the site.”

“We’ve delivered 120 new homes in the last six months, and hope to deliver 210 more in the next 12 months,” Ben said.

When completed in November 2020, the new development will provide housing for about 150 Tasmanians. A development application is lodged and building is expected to begin in September.

Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar with CatholicCare staff during his tour of the new social and affordable housing site at Abbotsfield Road

Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar with CatholicCare staff during his tour of the new social and affordable housing site at Abbotsfield Road

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Appreciation for hard work

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Appreciation for hard work

We like to acknowledge the hard work our tradies put in to the extensive building program we have going in Hobart’s northern suburbs with a ‘tradies breakfast’ from time to time. At our most recent breakfast, Centacare Evolve Housing staff cooked up and served 100 delicious egg and bacon rolls to the crews at our major building sites and Sonya and Bron served 131 coffees from their Que Sera coffee van.

“It was a great success and all the subbies were extremely appreciative of a hot coffee and a tasty egg and bacon roll!” said Centacare Evolve Housing Project Manager Sarah Henley.

Our Build UP Tassie crew also joined the tradies for breakfast. “It was fantastic for Build Up Tassie to be there too as there are some work experience opportunities already lining up,” said Social Impact Program Co-Designer Kylie Burgess.

Tradies enjoying breakfast at the Gage Rd building site

Tradies enjoying breakfast at the Gage Rd building site

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Volunteering Brings Unique Joy

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Volunteering Brings Unique Joy

The joy of volunteering was highlighted at a recent gathering of CatholicCare volunteers at Tower Road to mark National Volunteers Week.

Twenty Multicultural Services Program and Children’s Services volunteers celebrated the week with a morning tea where they heard from volunteer Pam Clarkin about the pleasure she experiences from her volunteering work with the Multicultural Services Program’s English conversation and citizenship groups. Pam has been volunteering for 15 years and she told the gathering she often feels as though she gets much more out of her volunteering than she gives. She said that it’s wonderful to celebrate people’s successes and achievements with them and it feels like family.

CatholicCare’s Director of Community, Children and Family Services Mark Pike told the gathering that volunteering has unique and valuable qualities that are rare in our technologically-driven society. He thanked everyone for their contributions which he said were irreplaceable.

“Our volunteers bring a special affection and warmth to the support that we provide, because their time is given freely and with passion,” said Mark, “it’s a genuine and irreplaceable contribution because ultimately that is what people who come to us are seeking.”

“It’s true that we get more back by giving, and that when we help others we are rewarded by living humanity to the full and sensing the deepest joy,” Mark said.

CatholicCare’s newly appointed volunteer coordinator Rebecca Woolley also thanked the volunteers for the services they provide.

“Today gave me the opportunity to meet our dedicated and valued volunteers. I have learned that we have an impressive and diverse group of volunteers and I look forward to working alongside them,” Rebecca said.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with CatholicCare, please call Rebecca on (03) 6278 1660.

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SafeChoices sponsors a young footy star

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SafeChoices sponsors a young footy star

Family Violence support service SafeChoices has a new way of getting its message out.

This year SafeChoices is sponsoring a player in the Tasmanian Women’s State League. Daria Bannister plays for the Launceston Football Club.

“We’ve proudly sponsored Daria for 2019 TSLW season,” said team coach and player Angela Dickson, “Daria is part of our 2019 leadership group and vice-captain of the club.”

The sponsorship means that there’ll be a SafeChoices banner around the Launceston home ground at Windsor Park, and information available in the clubrooms.

“We want to get our message out to as many people as possible that SafeChoices can help if you are experiencing Family Violence,” said SafeChoices Manager, Jacinta, “and this is a great way to do it, as there are lots of families coming along to games each week.”

L-R: Daria with SafeChoices Manager Jacinta and Case Manager Anne-Marie.

L-R: Daria with SafeChoices Manager Jacinta and Case Manager Anne-Marie.

Daria is a talented and determined player. She was drafted to the Western Bulldogs in 2018 at pick 19 when she was only 18 years old. After a season-ending injury in the first game, she regrouped and worked tirelessly on her rehab until she returned to the AFLW in Round 6 with North Melbourne where she kicked her first ever AFLW goal.

“Daria has overcome her own setbacks, and she uses her knowledge and experience to mentor young and new players in the team. With AFL Tasmania she runs football clinics for children to help promote a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. She is a fantastic ambassador for SafeChoices.” Angela said.

SafeChoices is an initiative of the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan 2015-20 (Safe Homes, Safe Families)

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Colour and fun at Youth Week Twilight Market

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Colour and fun at Youth Week Twilight Market

CatholicCare’s stall at the Twilight Market was a bright and colourful part of Glenorchy City Council’s Youth Week recently.

 

The stall was organised by AK Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service, Therapeutic Residential Care and Family Support Programs staff and showed off the art, craft and marketing talents of young people who are associated with these services. Among the handmade toiletries and Easter cards for sale, there was a lot of interest in Blake’s eye-popping electric green minty footbath salts as well as fun and games with an egg-guessing competition and a find-the-frog challenge.

 

It was a popular event bringing crowds and colour to Glenorchy’s council car park on a warm and sunny afternoon.

 

“It’s great to be part of such an exciting community event for National Youth Week and to have young people from our programs involved and engaging in the wider community. We love to celebrate their contributions and recognise their incredible talents,” said AK Team Leader Rebecca.

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Young women supported by Helping Hands

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Young women supported by Helping Hands

Another generous donation of winter supplies to AK

The young women residing at CatholicCare’s AK Emergency Accommodation Service never miss out on the opportunity to have brand new essential items, thanks to Kingborough Helping Hands.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the generosity of Helping Hands over many years, and they have, once again, helped to ensure that our young women are supported so beautifully,” said AK Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Coordinator, Rebecca.

On a recent shopping expedition, Rebecca and the Kingborough Helping Hands participants Edna, Maxine and Judy, purchased winter supplies for AK.

“The contribution from Helping Hands is massive and I would like to send them a big ‘thank you’!” said Rebecca, “Their commitment is enormous, and we appreciate and admire the hard work they put in serving AK and the community.”

You can find out more about Kingston Helping hands and how to support the work they do at their Facebook Page.  [ https://www.facebook.com/kingboroughhelpinghands ]

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Affordable housing of high quality and energy efficiency

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Affordable housing of high quality and energy efficiency

When the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Senator Doug Cameron toured Centacare Evolve Housing’s newly built affordable housing units in Bridgewater recently, it was a chance for us to point out the quality features of these brand new homes.

Every one of these units has a 7-star energy rating, and that means they are comfortable to live in all year round. It means the tenants here will have low energy bills and that’s good for their budgets as well as for the environment.

“There’s no reason why affordable housing cannot be of high quality and incorporate energy efficiency features,” said CatholicCare’s Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson.

“Firstly, these homes are situated on the block to best suite thermal orientation to capture all day sunlight so the occupants can keep their heating and cooling to a minimum. Secondly, we have used double glazing in the windows and higher rated thermal insulation in the ceilings, floors and walls.

“We’ve installed heat pumps that are economical and environmentally friendly.

“We see sustainability as a vital component in the management of housing stock, and the upgrades we are doing to our existing houses have meant that some properties that had only a 1-star energy rating are now in the 5 plus star range,” Ben said.

Senator Cameron was impressed with what he saw and heard during his visit, and Centacare Evolve Housing intends to further improve sustainability and energy efficiency of its housing stock.

“We are looking at what materials can be used in construction that will have a longer life cycle, be durable and suited to the Tasmanian climate,” said Ben.

L-R: CatholicCare Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson showing MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell, Senator Doug Cameron and Labor candidate for Clark Ben McGregor through on one of the newly completed units in Green Point Rd.

L-R: CatholicCare Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson showing MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell, Senator Doug Cameron and Labor candidate for Clark Ben McGregor through on one of the newly completed units in Green Point Rd.

Senator Cameron with CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay after the visit.

Senator Cameron with CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay after the visit.

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Federal funding to enable new housing with wellbeing at its heart.

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Federal funding to enable new housing with wellbeing at its heart.

CatholicCare Tasmania will receive $8M to build new homes as part of a $30M Federal Government housing package for the Hobart area.

 “This funding is going to four providers with shovel-ready projects,” said Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, “It’s a way to get roofs over people’s heads as soon as possible.”

 CatholicCare will build 55 dwellings in Claremont for housing priority applicants.

 “We’ll house about 120 people and many are homeless now or at risk of homelessness and in great need,” said CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay.

 A unique feature of the development is a community wellbeing Hub which is an initiative of CatholicCare’s Social Impact Program. The Hub will facilitate social connection by providing a shared place for residents and support them to engage with organisations that provide various social and wellbeing programs and activities. Events and services will also be brought to the Hub.

 “This project will have social impact at its heart,” said CatholicCare’s Social Impact Program Director Belinda Clarke, “The vision is to contribute to the growth of vibrant and hopeful communities that value the dignity and worth of each person.

 “We want these dwellings to be more than just houses. From the beginning we will work with the community to co-create spaces, initiatives and activities that will enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities,” Belinda said.

 

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