WorkNext Services - Education and Employment Program, through Catherine House Inc, SA
Catherine House recognised that access to relevant education and employment opportunities was still a service gap for homeless women to re-engage with the workforce and it opened an Education Centre – ‘Sagarmatha’ in November 2006. Based on the success of the Education and Employment Program and the need for more space, the Batley Employment Centre was opened in October 2009 and is the home of the WorkNext Job Placement Service, an innovative social venture to place graduates of the program with supportive employers. These services are dedicated to educating women and supporting them out of homelessness.
Help, Opportunities, Partnerships and Employment (HOPE) project through The ORS Group, NSW
The Help, Opportunities, Partnerships and Employment, or ‘HOPE’ project, run by The ORS Group, provides an innovative approach to improve the service delivery model for homeless job seekers in the Parramatta area. The ORS Group is a Job Services Australia employment services provider. Under HOPE, it has partnered with local community accommodation services to offer joint case management to job seekers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The ‘HOPE’ project has a brochure [2.53 MB] you can download.
McAuley Works through McAuley Community Services for Women, VIC
McAuley Works has spent the past three years assisting women who have experienced family violence, periods of homelessness or mental health issues, to enter the workforce and gain financial independence. The program emphasises intensive, tailored and personalised relationship-based services, working with women for as long as it takes for them to reach their employment goals by equipping them with the necessary skills to secure work on their own.
To learn more about these programs read the National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards finalist booklet.