Housing Choices Australia Group - Annual Report 2020

     

 ¬ć On Friday March 6, a group of five Housing Choices South Australia sta, and two residents were lucky enough to attend the Adelaide International Women‚Äôs Day Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre with over 2500 attendees. The morning was hosted by Senator the Hon. Penny Wong. Rosemary Wanganeen gave a Welcome to Country, and Elizabeth Broderick was the guest speaker. Elizabeth Broderick is Australia‚Äôs longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), who worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality. ¬Ź ¬ź     ¬ź        ¬Ě  South Australian residents celebrated International Women‚Äôs Day with a morning tea, incredibly delicious cupcake decorating and some very creative badge making. During the morning tea there was discussion around this year‚Äôs theme, "I am Generation Equality: Realising Women‚Äôs Rights‚ÄĚ and what we, both women and men, can change. A simple exercise exploring the strategies people put in place to stay safe when alone at night elicited vastly dierent responses between men and women, but it was a fantastic way to share ideas and supports.

   Held at Klemzig Community Hall, Housing Choices’ 2019 NAIDOC Week event was facilitated by Mara Dreaming, with Welcome to Country provided by Neville Highfold. 36 residents and eight sta participated in creating two large dot paintings and two natural fibre weavings which are now displayed within Adelaide oce reception. Participants also had the opportunity to work on individual paintings that they were able to take home. Catering was provided by Prices Bakery and photos were printed on the day and given out as a memory of the event. This event was part funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet through their Indigenous Communities Funding.

Pictured: Housing Choices residents participating in the NAIDOC week event.

     

Housing Choices hosted the ‚ÄėChristmas to Me‚Äô art exhibition at the Box Factory Community Centre, which was exhibited for a month. Through art, the exhibit explored what Christmas and the festive season means to us all. There were 39 pieces by 13 artists displayed which featured a range of mediums, from photography and painting to collage and cross stitch. The exhibition was a beautiful collection of artwork which highlighted themes like summer holidays, spending time with friends and family, doing things we love, and lastly, reaching out to those in the community who may feel isolated and helping them to feel valued.

Pictured: Housing Choices sta and residents pictured at the Adelaide International Women's Day Breakfast

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Housing Choices Australia | Annual Report 2019-20

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