Tenants invited to Engage in Art this International Day of People with Disability

Access Housing will host an art display and tenant-led forum as part of 2019 International Day of People with Disability celebrations.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally each year on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Access Housing was successful in securing a $1,000 grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services) for our Engaging in Art: International Day of People with Disability Art Display and Forum event.

The event will see Access Housing tenants living with a disability invited to display their inspiring artwork at our head office at Rivervale, enjoy a light lunch in the company of each other, Access Housing staff and other invited stakeholders and lead a collaborative and strength-based forum to discuss their participation in art and raise awareness of opportunities that exist for meaningful and inclusive participation in the community via art for people living with a disability.

Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson said many of the company’s tenants living with a disability had a passion for art and stories to tell.

“Empowering tenants to share their life and artistic experiences with others in a strength-based forum celebrates the wealth of knowledge that people living with a disability have and provides an avenue for them to improve their confidence to participate in art, network with other tenant artists, learn more about the wellbeing benefits that art can bring and learn about accessible and inclusive community services that can assist them in their artistic endeavours,” Alison said.

Access Housing will be inviting community service organisations operating in the creative space to the Engaging in Art event so they can learn from our tenants to help build their own capacity to be more inclusive.

The information that is captured during forum discussions will directly inform Access Housing’s tenant engagement and capacity building programs, disability engagement planning and feed into how Access Housing can refer tenants with a disability to arts services in the community.

For more information about Access Housing’s International Day of People with Disability Engaging in Art event, please contact Alison Paterson or Amy Kidner on 9430 0900.

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2019 Annual Report

Access Housing’s 2019 Annual Report is now available to view on our website.

Highlights for Access Housing in the 2018/19 financial year included proudly providing affordable homes to more than 3,050 people, adding 17 new affordable homes to our rental portfolio, celebrating individual, project and collaborative partnership award wins, forming new and strengthening existing partnerships with community support agencies and coordination and delivery of a range of programs and initiatives for tenants through our Tenant Engagement and Capacity Building activities.

Click here to read Access Housing’s 2019 Annual Report.

Housing on the agenda at 2019 WAAMH Conference

Access Housing Practice Consultant Alison Paterson will join staff from Rise, Pathways South West, Foundation Housing and UnitingCare West to discuss the Supportive Landlord concept on stage at the WA Mental Health Conference 2019.

“In the context of contemporary conversations about best practice approaches to housing people with mental health and alcohol and drug issues, it is argued that Supportive Landlords play an important circuit breaker role for people who are disengaged from support services in order for them to remain housed,” Alison said.

“I look forward to presenting on the Supportive Landlord model with staff from other housing providers who participate in the Mental Health Commission-funded Independent Living Program.”

The presentation will seek to clarify the kinds of services a Supportive Landlord provides as part of a ‘Person-Centred Support Linked to Housing’ approach, which aims to provide access to housing and to help sustain tenancies. It will also examine some of the issues experienced in delivering this approach as identified by existing Independent Living Program providers.

The presentation will also propose how a Supportive Landlord service could be reformulated in the context of the five key focus areas identified in the Draft Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Accommodation and Support Strategy (2018-2025) to improve its scope, responsiveness, flexibility and ability to target those who need it most.

The WA Mental Health Conference 2019 will be hosted by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, with the support of the WA Mental Health Commission. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Perth on 19 – 20 November.

The conference aims to develop, strengthen and support WA’s mental health sector, provide collaboration opportunities for mental health workers and people with lived experience and share resources, perspectives and best practice so people can move forward in the same direction with clear actions and solutions in mind.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

VOTING EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY 21 OCTOBER: Cast your vote in the ACT election

Tenants now have until the close of business on Monday 21 October to cast their vote in the Access Housing Advisory Committee of Tenants (ACT) election.

The Access Housing ACT is a tenant-led group that provides a way for tenants to have their say and provide feedback to Access Housing on policies and procedures, tenant communication and the planning of tenant-led projects.

Over the past four months, tenants had the opportunity to nominate for a position on the committee. Now that nominations are closed, tenants can vote for the candidates they think will best represent them and other Access Housing tenants.

Tenants can vote for one candidate for each of the following executive committee positions: Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary and Independent Living Program Representative.

There are multiple General Committee Member positions available. These positions will be filled via a random lottery. This makes sure that each tenant who nominated for a General Committee Member position gets an equal opportunity to be involved. Tenants who are unsuccessful in gaining an executive position will also go into the General Committee Member lottery.

To learn more about who the candidates are for the ACT and how you can vote for them in the ACT election, please click here and read pages four and five of the Spring edition of At Home with Access Housing. 

REMINDER: The ACT election will now close on Monday 21 October (not Monday 14 October as stated in the Spring edition of At Home with Access Housing).

If you have any queries about the ACT election process, please contact Amy Kidner on 9430 0900.

*** If you have not yet received your copy of At Home with Access Housing in your letterbox, it will arrive within the coming few days. ***

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Access Housing on display during 2019 WA Mental Health Week

As part of 2019 WA Mental Health Week activities, Access Housing will have a stall at the Peel Wellness Wednesday event at Mandurah Foreshore on Wednesday 9 October.

Peel Wellness Wednesday is held annually in Mandurah during Mental Health Week, which this year is being celebrated between October 6 – 12 in WA.

Peel Wellness Wednesday is a free family fun day that shines a light on the importance of good mental health and ways people can get positively involved in their community to maintain and improve their mental wellness.

Access Housing’s stall will have games, giveaways and information about how to apply for Community Housing, so come and say hi!

Access Housing will also be attending and exhibiting at an event at Eudoria Street Centre in Gosnells on Wednesday 9 October to create awareness of Access Housing and our Independent Living Program.

The Independent Living Program aims to assist people aged between 18 and 65 with severe and persistent mental illness to live independently and securely. The program provides support tailored to each individual’s circumstances and needs. Click here for more information about the Independent Living Program. 

For more information about events you can get involved with during 2019 WA Mental Health Week, visit https://mhw.waamh.org.au/events/.