Junction Connect December 2017

December 11, 2017

CEO Message

What a fantastic year it has been, and where did it go? We have had some great achievements in 2017 and now we can look forward to the goals for 2018 and beyond.   

I have had the pleasure of meeting our incredibly committed staff and volunteers, and gained a great appreciation for the impact our organisation makes to so many South Australians.

Junction Australia is committed to providing community support services and affordable housing, which assists people to overcome barriers, and build better lives for themselves and their families.

This year we housed over 4,000 tenants and supported an additional 4,500 people in of our support. We achieved this through our services in homelessness, domestic violence, counselling and community connection.

Here are a few of our outstanding achievements through the year:

  • Taking over the management of an additional 553 homes in the Fleurieu and Morphettville areas
  • Expanding our Therapeutic Support Service with an additional four homes to provide a homelike environment for children unable to live with their parents.
  • Delivering a new Strategic Plan including Junction Australia’s new Vision: ‘A better future for all’.

We have welcomed 3 new Board Directors and a number of new staff who will undoubtable be a valuable contribution to our growing organisation.  We hosted a number of student placements this year, for those studying social/health related courses. And a special mention to our dedicated Volunteers who continue to contribute across our services. What an amazing a dedicated group we have!

So what’s happening is 2018?

Get ready to start your engines for another exciting year.

Our growth will continue whilst ensuring that we consolidate and integrate our activities to deliver exceptional service.  A number of building developments will be undertaken as we look to redevelop old houses into new contemporary homes.

Our Community Support services will focus on the ever growing demand of clients in situations involving domestic violence, child protection, homelessness and many other areas. Whilst this work is extremely important, together we must continue to look for ways to follow our mantra of ‘prevention is better than cure’.

The work we all do can be uplifting and motivating, it can also be heartbreaking when we see the challenges faced by some of our clients and tenants.  It is their courage that continues to provide inspiration to the team and myself here at Junction Australia.  I ask you all to think of those who may be doing it tough at this time of year, as Christmas can be especially difficult for many people.

This year our Christmas Appeal aims to keep families safe and together. The initial response to the Appeal has been fantastic and I encourage you all to take a few moments to consider how you can make a positive difference in people lives this Christmas. The Appeal runs through to the 31st of December – for more information or to donate online, please visit our website.

On a final note, I would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season and look forward to working with you in 2018. 

Merry Christmas everyone.

You are all amazing! 

Maria Palumbo 

Chief Executive Officer

Tenant Gardening Competition Winners and Grinners

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Earlier in 2017 some of our Housing tenants provided feedback that they would like to participate in a Gardening Competition. Our newly established People & Places team took on this feedback and developed it into a successful competition over October and November 2017. With 33 competition entrants, the team were overwhelmed by the dedicated of our tenants and their amazing gardens.  Entrants could participate in any one of six categories.

• Attractive Low Maintenance
• Best Front Garden
• Best Rear Garden
• Most Creative Garden
• Most Helpful Individual
• Best Vegetable Garden

The final judging of the gardens took place in late November 2017, with the judging panel made up of our CEO, Maria Palumbo, People & Culture Manager, Kathryn Keenihan and People & Places Coordinator, Amelia Ryan. Winners and runner ups received gift vouchers and were all very grateful for the competition. We look forward to running another competition in 2018, and working with our tenants on making their houses into homes. 

The Hackham Community Garden is Growing

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In more gardening news, an exciting makeover has taken place at Community Connections Hackham. During the first week of November our friends and SRB partner, UrbanVirons, assisted to redevelop part of the play and garden area into a community garden, sensory garden and fruit tree area.

UrbanVirons donated $5,500 worth of labour, machinery and plants to assist in the redevelopment, with SA Composters also donating a truck load worth of mulch. This project has been highly anticipated by the team at CCH and will have many benefits into the future. There are already plans to hold 'Soup Nights', educational programs about gardening and growing your own veggies, and encouraging community members to get involved.

One family who attend the centre already commented on the development of the space saying "it will not only feed the families using the produce, but will bring the community together."

We will continue to update you as the growth continues, and artwork will soon be included to further brighten up this space. Well done to everyone involved in bringing this 'fruitful' makeover to life!

Christmas Appeal Needs Your Support

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In the last edition of Junction Connect we launched our Christmas Appeal for 2017. The Appeal is off to a good start, and with a generous donation from Rossdale Homes to kick things off, we are hopeful we can achieve our goal for this year’s Appeal. But we need your support.

Along with monetary donations, we also set up ‘Wishing Trees’ with corporates and businesses whose values align with our own. This year we are proud to have teamed up with Phil Hoffmann Travel and Grant Thornton for the second year in a row, and MGA who are a part of our Socially Responsible Business Program. We are excited to see these gifts come together, and to be able to give them to the children and young people we work with, who often find Christmas to be a difficult time.

If you or your team would like to be a part of our Appeal this Giving Season, we encourage you to run a fundraiser in your office, collect non-perishable food to donate or come up with something creative as a way to give back. Our Appeal raises funds to support South Australian families who are doing it tough, and more information about the Christmas Appeal can be found here.

Donate online today.

White Ribbon Breakfast

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Each year White Ribbon hold breakfasts around the country with the purpose of engaging men to make women's safety a man's issue too.

On Friday 24th of November a group of our male staff attended the Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre to hear from Dr Michael Kaufmann, the co-founder of White Ribbon.  Dr Kaufmann spoke about the impact that domestic and family violence has on individuals, families, communities and workplaces.

Now in its 10th year, Adelaide's White Ribbon Breakfast is the largest in the country with almost 1,500 people attending. Dr Kaufmann spoke about the inception of White Ribbon s as a response to the École Polytechnique massacre in Canada. It now operates in nearly 60 countries and interestingly in Australia, some 800,000 workers are employed in White Ribbon Accredited organisations.  

A visit from our Ambassador Brenton Ragless

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Brenton Ragless is a proud and long-time ambassador for Junction Australia, and recently he stopped by our Parkside office for a light lunch and to meet the team.

Brenton was given a tour of the office, which opened in November 2016, and met many staff including our Leadership Team. During lunch Brenton discussed with the Leadership Team the work that our organisation does, the impact it has on the communities we work in, and the people we work closely with. Brenton was keen to understand how he could assist us in our work. Brenton is passionate about a few charities including the CFS, and of course Junction Australia!

Thank you to Brenton for visiting us, and for being an excellent ambassador and advocate for Junction Australia and good luck with the birth of your second child!

A Day of Glam with Anthony Adams Makeup

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On Tuesday the 5th of December, six young women aged 15 to 20 years of age, who are supported by Junction Australia, got a special treat when celebrity makeup artist, Anthony Adams, paid a visit to run a makeup and hair care lesson. While the girls were apprehensive at first, they soon began listening intently and getting involved in learning how to correctly apply their makeup.  This may be to look their best at a job interview or housing application or for a special ‘glam’ look!

Anthony was wonderful in teaching the young women his tips and tricks.  With 10 years experience at Chanel behind him, it is safe to say Anthony’s lesson was one the girls will never forget. Anthony also brought with him special gift packs for the girls, complete with their own brand new makeup to complete a full face, plus special prizes for those who were attentive, creative and engaged. The young women were soon practising the makeup on themselves and their new friends, taking many ‘selfies’, and having their hair done.  Overall it was an enjoying and special day for the ladies. 

The young women who participated came to Junction Australia through our homelessness outreach service, and had all faced homelessness. Three of these young women are now living in our transitional properties, and three are still living in our emergency accommodation (Junction House).

Thank you to Anthony Adams for reaching out to us to do something a little different, to those who donated the gifts, and of course to the young women who participated and had a great day, learning tips they will remember forever!

Our New Website

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In early November 2017 we launched our new and improved website. After many months of planning, designing and testing, it finally went live and since then we have received some great feedback. 

The objective of the redesign was to create a website that was easy to use, have information accessible, be multi-functional and modern. You will even find that the new website is mobile phone and tablet friendly! The website also has a language translator, search function and can assist people with a visual impairment.

We encourage you to take a look around the new site!