We aim to attract a broad range of investment to grow and adapt in ways that are aligned to community needs and expectations.
On 4 December 2019, Premier Mark McGowan MLA presented Uniting with a grant of $1,763,981 in Lotterywest funding for a total refurbishment of our Tranby Engagement Hub and an adjacent unit.
This funding will transform our premises at Tranby to provide a more respectful, inclusive and functional space to support people experiencing homelessness and crisis. The plans include the creation of multi-purpose spaces to better enable the functioning of visiting services, such as medical and GP services, Centrelink and legal services.
A commercial-grade kitchen will be used to facilitate life and job skills training and support our coffee cart social enterprise, Care for a Cup. The funding will also transform an adjacent space for specialist Financial Wellbeing Services to the community, including women and children impacted by family and domestic violence.
At the time that Rosie was referred to Uniting Family Group Homes, she wanted to live outside the Perth metro area to be near her friends. She’d had trouble staying in previous homes and was often moved on due to difficulty in regulating her emotions and being verbally aggressive towards others.
It took a little time to settle in, but our team kept Rosie in the loop about her care and sought her input wherever possible. This meant Rosie had a say in seeing her siblings, moving to a smaller school that would suit her needs, and placing counselling on hold until she felt ready.
Being heard was really important for Rosie. Our team worked with her to identify the triggers to her behaviour. In developing an individualised crisis management plan, Rosie was able to explore self-identified triggers and practice self-regulation techniques.
Rosie had 1:1 time to do activities of her choice with the support of our team, and learnt more about her trauma history, its impacts and healing from trauma. She even saw a counsellor.
While Rosie’s behaviour and desire to live outside of Perth eventually led to her departure, our team made some real breakthroughs in her time with us.
Sustainability — achievements in brief
- ARCH Recruitment donated 5 iPads to our Family Group Homes, enabling young people to connect with our workers while social distancing was in place, creating a new way of working
- An assessment of our vehicle fleet identified opportunities to reduce the overall quantity of vehicles by 8 without compromising service delivery
- Granted a City of Vincent Collaboration Grant of $85k for outreach services
- Additional homelessness outreach services funded by Woodside Energy and the City of Vincent
- Positive Behaviour Support and Restrictive Practice training enhanced with Sector Transition Funding
- Continued shift to person-centred and 1:1 individualised support to align with NDIS
- Registered as a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) provider with the NDIA.