Junction Connect June 2015

 

CEO_opt_opt.jpgMESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

When people come to Junction Australia, they are often struggling with a range of complex issues, are homeless, dealing with trauma or escaping abuse. Amid these periods of turmoil and uncertainty they often value little things… finding someone that will take to time to listen, to offer words of encouragement as they get on with the task of doing whatever needs to be done.

Robert F. Kennedy once said: It is not more bigness that should be our goal.  We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to...the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility...and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and
their children's future. 

The best supportive relationships usually start with SMALL STEPS.  For over 35 years, Junction Australia has been assisting people to take their first small tentative steps that lead to BIGGER STEPS and better opportunities.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers are ‘working together’ with families and individuals in need every day.

During 2014-15, Junction Australia assisted over 6500 people to gain access to the information, support services, housing and other resources that they need so that they can keep stepping forward, often facing big issues and making significant (and sometimes scary) changes.

With the support of our valued donors and supporters, whether the people or issues are BIG or SMALL, Junction Australia is ready and able to assist people to take BIGGER STEPS toward a BETTER FUTURE for themselves and their children.

 

MITCHELL PARK

“This is an important milestone in JA’s evolution. JA was once accused of ‘hiding our light under a bushel’ but certainly this is no longer the case. We really have achieved an enormous amount over the past 18 months, positioning us to play a significant role in the government’s social housing agenda.  Of course the task is still ahead of us but I have every confidence that we will justify the government’s decision and make this a very successful transition.” Mike Canny, JA Board Chair

On Friday 15 May, it was announced that Junction Australia had successfully tendered for the transfer of management responsibilities for over 600 properties in the Mitchell Park area. 

View Media Release HERE

Junction Australia’s commitment to integrated service delivery and our strong and well established relationships with other service providers in the Southern Adelaide region and elsewhere is a hallmark of our approach to connecting communities such as Mitchell Park.  As we continue to work collaboratively, we believe that our rapidly growing housing portfolio will ultimately provide all our tenants with opportunities to become more involved with their community and with other services and initiatives that JA is able to offer. In taking up this transfer, Junction Australia will now be managing and supporting almost 1800 homes across South Australia.

Mitchell Park will be a showcase for JA’s integrated approach as both housing and community services will be contributing to this project. Our delivery of community development initiatives alongside the tenancy and property management will draw upon and embrace best practice locally, nationally and internationally.  We look forward to working alongside the residents of Mitchell Park, and with other community service providers, key businesses, and leading academics to drive innovation and make Mitchell Park an even better place to live.

 

HOARDING AND SQUALOR: A SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SERVICE AND SUPPORT GUIDE 

This South Australian ‘first’ assists the general public and service professionals to navigate their way through local services and provides guidance and strategies to use when dealing with instances of Hoarding and/or Squalor.

Hoarding & Squalor.jpgVisit www.hoardingandsqualorsa.com.au to find out more.

In recent years, severe domestic Squalor and compulsive  Hoarding (also known as Challenging Domestic Environments) has received national and international attention.

There are many different and complex reasons why people display these behaviours

There are limited resources available relating to Hoarding and Squalor which can make beginning to make change difficult. It can also create barriers to professionals providing an appropriate service. 

Knowing which services are available is the key to making long term change. This is ground-breaking work undertaken by Junction Australia in collaboration with Red Cross and  SA Health and it has attracted considerable media attention and international interest.

 

BUSINESS BREAKFAST ‘WITH CHAMPIONS’

A record crowd of 110 guests attended our latest Business Breakfast held on Friday 8 May at the Belair Park Country Club.  Our special guest was Roger Drake AM, who in a departure from the norm, told his story ‘from the couch’ in the form of an interview conducted by Penny Gale, JA Board Member.  He had some great business tips and shared his own journey in a most BB Langford.jpgamusing way. 

We welcomed Grant Thornton as a new Socially Responsible Business Partner and renewed Smartline’s existing partnership for a further three years.

Redarc Electronics and SA Montessori (Right: Barb Langford with Graham Brown) were acknowledged as Community Champions as a result of their generous pledges to support our ‘Together with Families’ initiative providing more than $60,000 over three years.

Thanks to Allbiz Office Choice for their sponsorship of the event and generous provision of the door prize.

 

COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT – INAUGURAL JUNCTION AUSTRALIA ‘CONNECTING COMMUNITIES’ AWARD

CAA logo.pngJunction Australia understands the importance of vibrant communities where people live, work, meet, learn and play. 

In 2015 we are pleased to be a category sponsor for the ‘Connecting Communities’ Award.  This Award recognises grass-roots, ‘real life’ initiatives (local community groups or not-for-profits) that demonstrate genuine involvement, long-term value and add to the life of their community.  These initiatives may meet a specific need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to celebrate being part of a community – they do not have to be new, in fact they may have been running for many years, but they do have to be relevant – so much so, that people would  notice if they weren’t there!

For more details click here

Please use this link to spread the word amongst your networks and let’s recognise the wonderful contributions that so often go unnoticed.


HELP US, HELP THEM – JUNCTION AUSTRALIA’S WINTER APPEAL

Winter Appeal 2015.jpgEvery child deserves to feel safe…
yet in Australia today 34 children in every 1000 suffer abuse or neglect.

Junction Australia recognises that safe and healthy relationships are the cornerstone of childhood well-being and strong, effective families. 

Your donation will make a vital difference  CLICK HERE

Our ‘Together with Families’ initiative provides:

  • Parent-Adolescent Counselling to address violence and abuse at home
  • ‘Effective Parenting’ courses for high risk families
  • ‘Point of Engagement’ – intensive family intervention with parents of vulnerable new-born babies
  • ‘Family Safety Initiative’
    • Support groups for women
    • Assertive engagement with the perpetrators of domestic and relationship violence
    • Youth engagement – for adolescents who have been exposed to violence.
    • ‘New Leaf Village’ – a safe, welcoming place where families who are homeless and/or escaping domestic violence can catch their breath and turn over a ‘new leaf’ in life.

 

TELETHON WALLIS MOVIE CARDS 2015

Go to the movies more often for only $20!

Download an order form HERE

TWMC.jpgWith the Telethon Wallis Card you will receive some amazing savings from Wallis Cinemas

  • 2 tickets for $6 each
  • 10 tickets for $11 each
  • A special choc  top offer
  • The chance to win a Wallis Gold Pass
  • A free ticket and a bag of Menz  FruChocs on 13th visit
  • Valid for use to 31 May, 2016 
  • Available all sessions every day (unless session sold out)
  • Valid at all Wallis Cinemas – located at Mitcham, Noarlunga, Mt Barker and Piccadilly in North Adelaide. 

Great gifts – ideal client thank yous…. for every card sold, Junction Australia receives $11 to support our work with struggling South Australians.  Thank you for your support.


 CALENDAR DATES 2015

What

Where

When

Sponsored by

Bookings

         

Spotlight Tour of JA sites

Various

Thursday 15 October

 

Contact Clare MacAdam on 8392 3065 if you wish to attend

Business Breakfast

Adelaide Pavilion

Friday 30 October

MGA Insurance Brokers

Invitations will be issued closer to the date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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housing provider is Junction and Women’s Housing Ltd.

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