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Last Week's Guest Speakers:

Gayle Mitchell and Ren Adams from UnitingCare West,

sharing Uniting Care West’s bold plan to end rough sleeping in Perth City in 1825 days

Ren Adams and Gayle Mitchell with president Greg Hunter presenting their talk.
Picture Glenda Hickey

Uniting Care West's (UVW) work towards ending homelessness in WA.

As a committed member of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH), UCW is working alongside community sector partners to implement a 10-year strategy to end homelessness by 2028. Not just to manage it, but to end it. The End Homelessness in WA strategy was officially launched on 13 April 2018, with supporters coming together at The Platform in Perth CBD to learn more about the 10-year journey towards ending homelessness in this state. The second stage of the launch was an unprecedented musical event in the city, led by the UWA Conservatorium of Music and cohosted by the UWA Centre for Social Impact. The launch was an opportunity to celebrate that we are already on the journey and working together to end homelessness in WA – a great moment to strengthen our commitment and our community to ensure that we realise our vision of ending homelessness in WA by 2028. UCW is also collaborating with Ruah, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the St Vincent de Paul Society on a blueprint to roll-out a number of contemporary, fit for purpose, community support centres across Perth and Fremantle. The idea is to provide unified support for people experiencing homelessness by combining our collective resources. In June 2018, UCW became a member of Shelter WA, the independent peak body that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness. It is the ‘backbone’ organisation of the WAAEH.

100 Families Project – tackling entrenched disadvantage

UnitingCare West is proud to be part of the 100 Families project, a collaboration between nine community sector organisations, which aims to develop a comprehensive evidence base of the causes and structure of entrenched disadvantage in WA and what needs to be done differently to give families doing it tough a hand up. The project has recently received $1.75 million in funding from Lotterywest. Around 9,000 people – men, women and children – are homeless in this state on any given night, so this sort of investment in researching the underlying causes of entrenched disadvantage will be invaluable.

Heralding development of community at UCW A place-based approach

UCW is at the forefront of delivering a place-based approach and has adopted an integrated placebased model of service to ensure the best outcomes for our communities in the future. We currently have Connection Hubs in Fremantle, Merriwa and East Perth. A place-based approach aims to assist these communities in delivering innovative, local solutions to those who are disadvantaged by bringing together local people, organisations, public services, businesses and government. UCW has developed a localised, place-based strategy to be responsive to the current and emerging needs of the community through engagement and involvement. The newly created Place Manager roles at UCW play a major role in local stakeholder mapping to ensure we identify and develop relationships with providers to assist service pathway designs. This helps us identify the types of naturally occurring supports available locally and deliver seamless service offerings and community connection, that are responsive to individuals’ needs. The mapping also identifies gaps and UCW works with local providers to design and deliver supports to address these gaps where possible. In addition to the localised response from Place Managers, UCW has Practice Leads. These are subject matter experts who actively engage with external peers across the service sector to establish or build local referral pathways and links to further enhance our integrated service pathway strategy. Externally, the role of Place Manager has been met with curiosity and enthusiasm by stakeholders and provided the opportunity to communicate UCW’s vision surrounding a place-based strategy.

In designing our place-based approach,
UCW uses indices from:

• Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA)
• ABS Census
• Primary Health Networks
• Banks
• Legal Aid
• Local government
• REIWA population growth projections
• Financial Counselling Network

UCW has Service Practice Lead expertise in:

• Transitioning from Homelessness
• Strengthening Families
• Children’s Services
• Community Housing Development
• Individualised Services
• Re-entry Services
• Community Connections

Co-design at Recovery Options

The Uniting Care West Recovery Options team took a co-design approach with their suite of mental health support services that deliver one-to-one individualised support. In June 2016, it became clear that there were very few groups within Perth’s outer northern suburbs that could bring people together and connect them to community. To address this need, we supported the establishment of a men’s group, known as the ‘Men of Hope’. To create something that would best meet the needs of the men involved, we invited them to be part of a co-design process to shape the format, content and frequency of meetings and the goals and vision of the group. Strong relationships were soon developed and 12 months later the results revealed positive outcomes for program participants. Our Outcome StarTM data showed significant improvements across multiple areas for male participants. Based on these outcomes, the co-design process was expanded and we started a conversation with participants about their interest in further group development. Fast forward, and four additional groups have been set up since February 2018. At the heart of these programs is the concept that groups are facilitated and designed by participants for participants and supported by our team. Building personal relationships between participants and with staff, to grow sustainable, healthy social and community networks is a key focus of the groups.

UnitingCare West provides a diverse range of programs to support people and communities to have a sense of belonging, hope and purpose.

Community connections Supporting people who are socially isolated to grow their networks and become better connected within the community.

Disability support Support programs for people with disability.

Domestic violence Family and domestic violence services providing support with crisis accommodation and personalised counselling.

Families impacted by child sexual abuse Support for children and families to reduce the harmful effect of child sexual abuse.

Financial support Providing free financial counselling services and assisting with emergency relief essentials, including fresh food and clean clothes.

Homelessness A range of support services for people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of being without a place to call home.

Housing Community housing initiatives supporting people with disability, those experiencing mental illness, former prisoners returning to the community and women escaping family and domestic violence.

Mental health support Focussing on strength and recovery, demonstrating that people experiencing mental illness can lead highly fulfilling lives.

Out-of-home care Providing a stable and caring home-style environment, supporting young people at times of crisis.

Parenting Focussing on parenting and family functioning, with the aim of bringing about nurturing and safe environments for children.

Re-entry Helping former prisoners, including those with disability, to successfully reintegrate into the community.

UnitingCare West is a Registered NDIS Provider. Offering more opportunity to enhance the depth of support that individuals receive across a wide range of services.

[Source: Uniting Care West Annual Report 2017-2018, "Making A Difference" pages: 21, 19, 15, 11

Access the Annual Report at: https://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/about/our-publications]

[The Editor was not present at the talk and has no notes of the talk so hopefully UCW's position has been fairly portrayed.]


Sheridan with President Greg
Photograph by Glenda Hickey
Sheridan Webb was welcomed and made a member of the Heirisson Rotary Club last week. President Greg Handing the Rotary Club of Heirisson Induction Documents to Sheridan. Congratulations Sheridan.


As discussed at recent weekly meeting, nominations are sought for a number of Board and Office Bearer roles for the club for the 201,9-2020 Rotary Year.
Attached is a summary of current and sought positions, obviously the blank spots are the positions we seek to fill.
These are briefly summarized below;
Role Level Description Secretary Board Prepares agenda for Board Meetings Takes minutes of Board meetings Handles club communications and mail distribution Updates membership records Other at direction of the board.
Director Youth Board Organise Youth Directorate meetings Manage Youth programs Liaise with Girrawheen Senior High School in conjunction with Allan Mclean, [school Board Chair)
Social Office Bearer Plan and implement a social program for club members
Speaker Program Office Bearer Organise the Guest Speaker program. Seek input from members, contact and liaise with Guest Speakers to ensure a diverse and interesting Guest Speaker Program.
Web Master Office Bearer Manage the clubs website and social media.
Public Relations Office Bearer
A new role. Manage the club's Publlc Relations;- liaise with webmaster for web and Facebook content; prepare press releases; other Public Relations initiatives.
Taking on one of the above roles is a great way to get to know and gain an understanding of the club's operations.
All Office Bearers will be members of the Club Services Directorate but will also be free to join other directorates of interest.
To discuss any role of interest to you, please contact Allan Mclean or the current incumbent to get further information.
Allan Mclean President Elect.
Friday 5 July Changeover Dinner for members and their partners with a three piece band.
Greg Hunter
Allan McLean
President Elect
Allan McLean
Don Burnside
Don Burnside
Bronwyn Denman
Bronwyn Denman
Director Club Services
Allan McLean
Don Burnside
Director – Community
Ken Mullin
Ken Mullin
Director – Youth
Claudia Pierazzoli
Director International
Rod Slater
Rod Slater
Don Burnside
Bulletin Editor
Ross Jones
Ross Jones
Membership Committee
Greg Hunter; Allan McLean; Don Burnside; Ken Mullin; Sheridan Webb; Justin Walker
Greg Hunter; Allan McLean; Don Burnside; Ken Mullin; Sheridan Webb; Justin Walker
Club Services
Club Services
Rod Slater
Rod Slater
Don Burnside/Allan McLean
Speaker Program
Robin Arndt
Web Master
Warwick Smith
Volunteers interested in taking on any of the above positions are welcome to contact Allan McLean on 0411 721 851 to discuss the expectations of the respective roles.
Thank You.
Allan McLean.
President Elect

Rotary Quotes

2000-01 Frank J. Devlyn (optical stores), Rotary Club of Anahuac, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
Rotary vision: To encourage Rotarians to Create Awareness and Take Action.
“We must face the fact that today we are a recognized public force, and that we will receive many benefits if we cultivate the image and the recognition that go along with that reality.”  
— Meet Frank J. Devlyn, THE ROTARIAN, July 2000

Lauren in Brazil has taken a Photo of the Rotary international Students there



Next Club Meeting:
Thursday 27 June 7am for 7.30am start at
Antico Caffe 
3/81 Royal St,
East Perth

"Perth services demand radical reforms to end homelessness by 2028"
by Emma Young

The state’s biggest community organisations have joined forces to call for dramatic interventions to end homelessness within a decade, including mandating councils to include social housing in planning schemes and 15 per cent social housing targets in Metronet precincts.

They have demanded a ‘housing first’ approach to grant people homes with no questions asked, meaning people could get immediate access to housing with no readiness conditions placed, as opposed to traditional models that meant people were expected to address their mental illness or addictions before being housed.

They called for ramped-up provision of social housing in new government land developments, and incentives for the private sector to supply low-cost housing.

Meanwhile, they called for rental subsidy schemes to be put in place to help people experiencing homelessness access market value rentals.

Community service organisations interviewed 1662 people living rough in Perth and Fremantle, and found those most over-represented included Australian Defence Force veterans, people with mental illness, Aboriginal people and people who were in foster care as children.

They found trauma, mental illness, addiction, chronic illness, family violence, neglect of children, disability, entrenched disadvantage and unaffordable housing were the major drivers.

The research reported the hundreds of responses to the question: “what do you need to be safe and well?” which, when collated by the University of WA, supported global research showing that to get a job, to get off drugs and reconnect with society, people first need a roof over their heads.

The WA Alliance to End Homelessness, whose membersinclude Anglicare, St Bartholomew’s House, Ruah Community Services, Uniting Care West, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, Centrecare, Shelter WA, Communicare, Mercycare and the Australian Red Cross, launches its 10-year plan on Friday night with a public concert in Forrest Place.

The strategy is inspired by programs such as Canada's Calgary Strategy, which lessened homelessness in the Canadian city by 28 per cent over the past 10 years.

We have come together to say enough!

The Alliance has pledged that by 2028, WA will have ended all chronic homelessness; that no one will sleep rough or in a shelter longer than five nights before being supported to move into a real home; that couch surfing and insecure tenure will have halved from their 2016 rate and that the causes of homelessness will have been addressed to halve the “inflow”.

It says that by 2028, the gap will be closed between indigenous and non-indigenous homeless rates; health and addiction issues among the homeless will be addressed; mortality rates and public hospital costs halved; and that over half of those exiting homelessness will be employed within three years of moving into housing.

It commits to robust measurements and systems to assess progress.

“It costs us more, on average, to leave someone homeless than to house and support them. This tells us that our failure to end homelessness before now is an economic failing as much as it is a social failing,” it says.

“We have come together to say enough! We live in Western Australia, a state that is rich in resources and talent. We have everything we need to address homelessness so let’s do it now.

“We will need the whole of society to drive this forward. Across the world many communities, cities and states have committed to end homelessness and they are winning. We can do the same here in Western Australia.”

The group said research proved it was cheaper to provide housing than to manage homelessness through acute emergency and hospital services.

The strategy calls for the removal of policies requiring housing “readiness” for entry into housing and allowing government agencies to “discharge” people into homelessness.

It says governments must commit to addressing housing shortages, to which the market had not responded, and provide rental housing close to services for those on the lowest incomes.

Governments across all levels must enable policy to make building and operating affordable rental homes a good investment for the private sector.

In the meantime, rental subsidies were needed so people could access market rent properties.

“The development of a coordinated approach to negotiation with landlords, as a broader group and the efficient allocation of units across programs is required,” it said.

People think people choose to be homeless

The Alliance called for a new State Affordable Housing Strategy, a Community Housing Growth Strategy, minimum targets of 15 per cent for social and affordable housing in Metronet precincts and all state land and housing developments.

It called for affordable housing policies to be a mandatory part of local council town planning schemes.

“The only way the government will listen and take action is if the entire community gets behind this and creates a movement,” said Amanda Hunt, chief executive of UnitingCare West and founding member of the Alliance.

“The way to influence government is with the weight of the whole community. That’s businesses and individuals saying together that this is not good enough.

“We know there is strong interest from the state government in making a difference but it is a situation where we all have to work together.”

She asked people to visit the website, sign the petition and find out the facts about people experiencing homelessness.

“There are a lot of myths and stereotypes,” she said. “People think people choose to be homeless, or that they are professional beggars, or that they are all druggies.

“We want for people to inform themselves and be part of the Housing First movement; to change perceptions, to understand that homelessness can happen to anyone, because of financial breakdown, financial difficulties or violence. They might be just down on their luck.

“One of our pillars is building community capacity, helping people understand that what’s really unacceptable in our society is homelessness – every person who you walk past is someone with a story and a name and a situation. We must break down these barriers.”

She encouraged people to attend the event on Friday night to join with like-minded others and find out more about how they could help.

There was also information on the website about how people with available rental properties could join an ethical landlords scheme to help people exit homelessness.

“There has been a lot of talk about this for a long time,” she said.

“It’s time to stop talking and take action.”

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said housing affordability and diversity were central to Metronet, a plan that extended "far beyond the station doors".

She said the Metronet team was working with local governments, communities and industry to develop integrated planning frameworks for these precincts.

She was also working closely with Housing Minister Peter Tinley to ensure they struck the right balance for social and affordable housing.

"Metronet precincts will be contemporary urban centres that are highly accessible and provide a range of housing, jobs and services to a growing metropolitan population," she said.

Department of Communities assistant Director General Scott Hollingworth said the strategy would contribute to significant and lasting change.

He said the government was committed to ending the cycle of homelessness and was working alongside councils and community organisations to develop and examine innovative approaches.

He said the it looked forward to creating a fairer state where all had "the right to a safe and appropriate home."

"The "housing first" principle will form an important part of this work," he said.

[Source: Article by Emma Young, April 13 2018 in WA Today, "Perth services demand radical reforms to end homelessness by 2028"


Meeting Responsibilities
Roster for 27 June 2019
Set up / pack away
Walker, Justin
Worthington, Doug
Roster for 4 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Smith, Warwick
Burnside, Don
Roster for 11 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Fletcher, Rick
Pierazzoli, Claudia
Roster for 18 July 2019
Setup / pack away
Jessy, Narinder
Nolan, Richard
Roster with 25 July 2019
Set up / pack away
Crossland, Jim
Mullin, Ken
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chris McCappin
June 12
Janelle Dawson
June 12
Sheridan Webb
June 30
Spouse Birthdays
Bruce Bartlett
June 11
Jaki Crossland
June 21
Debbie Fletcher
July 1
Sapna Jessy
July 1
Janelle Dawson
Bruce Bartlett
June 13
Join Date
Don Burnside
June 12, 2017
2 years
Bronwyn Denman
June 30, 2014
5 years
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  Committee Meetings    
Board Every 3rd Tuesday Board Member homes in Mount Lawley 6pm
Club Service To be announced To be advised 6pm
Community (Homelessness) Every 1st Wednesday 21 Wittenoom St., East Perth 6pm