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Newsletter issue 22 April 2013

e r i w t o H r e t t e l News In this issue...


WIRE Appeal 2013

• WIRE Appeal 2013 A Smartboard™ for WIRE • WIRE’s new home! Hire our new Training Room! • New Housing Info Booklets for Women launched! Helping Victorian women navigate the housing maze • Understanding financial abuse in family violence Workshops for community & social workers

• Coming up...

JOB coach

• National Volunteers Week WIRE Morning Tea! • Free seminar for women Coming soon in June • Free Job Coaching sessions Help with your job search Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc.

Welcome to our April 2013 edition of HotWIRE The change of season is beginning to creep in after our long and luxurious summer. We are also settling into the change our new home has brought. We are still discovering our new neighborhood and can feel the new possibilities starting to emerge. We love the light and airy Women’s Information Centre—even with a number of women accessing the computers and information, it still seems spacious and open.

we are able to deliver, and our ‘Understanding financial abuse in family violence workshops’ have been really well-received. This month we are taking this popular workshop to Tasmania!

We love all being on the same level and having the WIC and the Telephone room next to each other. We love the freedom of having our own training room and our fantastic kitchen!

We’ll continue to focus on expanding services and programs that help women to improve their long-term financial security by exploring their employment options and building their financial literacy.

It was a big move and big decision, but a very well-thought out action. If you haven’t had a chance to see our new home please drop by sometime.

So keep watching this space!

We can now return our focus to expanding the services

Samiro Douglas


A Smartboard™ to advance women’s learning Help raise $8,000 to purchase and install a Smartboard™ for WIRE’s new Training Room Women have a history of making do, being resourceful and getting by with very little, but Victorian women deserve better— certainly better access to cutting-edge technology that will advance their learning. That’s why we’re appealing to you to help WIRE raise $8,000 to purchase and install a Smartboard™ in WIRE’s new Training Room.

a Smartboard™—an interactive and electronic whiteboard that is currently in use in many school classrooms in Victoria. Please donate what you can—every donation big or small helps!

WIRE Appeal 2013

4 easy ways to donate! All donations are tax-deductible.

1. Online A SmartBoard™ will enable WIRE to 2. Fill in & email an Appeal Form • Deliver dynamic and interactive with your credit card details to presentations for WIRE’s training and public education 3. Print, fill in & post an Appeal programs for women Form with cheque/ credit card • Provide easy access to details to WIRE 372 Spencer St, multimedia web content West Melbourne 3003 and online networks such as YouTube videos, podcasts, webinars, social 4. Call Kate Whiting (03) 9348 9416 (Option 6) to media, blogs donate over the phone. • Offer webinars and podcasts of WIRE’s training and education programs including free Make a Mothers' Day donation! information seminars and workshops to women You can donate to our appeal on behalf of your across Victoria mother, grandmother or loved one by adding her Since our move in November 2012, WIRE has full name, address and contact details on the Appeal painted, carpeted and furnished the new Training Form. Email or post it to us by Monday 6th May 2013 Room with desks and chairs to seat 40 people. To and we’ll send her a Thank You letter and wish her a fully equip our new Training Room, we now appeal Happy Mothers’ Day on your behalf. Thanks! to you to help us raise funds to purchase and install

Helping Victorian women navigate the housing maze

WIRE Housing Information Booklets for Women launched!

WIRE’s booklets not only explain in plain English the different housing terms used and the housing options available in Victoria (such as public /social /community housing), they also highlight the dire housing situation where one in two people who request immediate accommodation are turned away each night because of high demand and under-resourcing. • Learn how to access short-term/longerterm housing that is available in Victoria Early last year WIRE set out to develop a housing information sheet for Victorian women that would help women navigate Victoria’s often confusing housing system. This February, WIRE’s much-needed Housing Information Booklets for Women in Victoria were finally published in two handy A5-sized booklets: Book 1 Dealing with a housing crisis—needing help right now! is for women who find themselves in crisis, with either no housing or facing the risk that she will very soon become homeless. Book 2 Finding your next home—looking past a housing crisis helps women look toward finding future homes, and shows women how they can avoid having to face a housing crisis again. Our WIRE Women From left: Carolyn Ingvarson, Samiro Douglas, Rosemary Varty, Anne Smyth & MP Andrea Coote

Contributors to WIRE’s Housing Booklets From left: Kate Hawkins, MP Andrea Coote, Lin Tobias, Mi Fon Lew, Samiro Douglas, Jessica Hunter & Jeanette Large

• Understand benefits & disadvantages of different housing options • Decide the best housing option for your own situation • Manage and reduce stress with finding a place to live. With 10000 housing booklets printed in total, over 1000 copies have already been ordered and sent to women and Victorian services. About 9000 free printed copies are still available for the general public and community services in Victoria.

Get your free copies! •

Download at

Email order form

Fax order form to (03) 9328 8950

Call 1300 134 130 (M-F 9am-5pm)

Visit Women’s Information Centre 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne (M-F 10.30am-5pm)

WIRE’s Housing Information Booklets 1 & 2 for Women in Victoria were launched on 26 February 2013 by Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Mrs Andrea Coote MLC. Over 60 people attended the launch and official opening of WIRE’s new premises. Many thanks for generous contributions of time, expertise and money from women, WIRE supporters and funders—the City of Melbourne, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and donors to WIRE’s 2012 Housing Appeal.

COMING UP AT WIRE... April -June

WIRE Appeal 2013: Smartboard for WIRE Training Room donate now...


Job Coaching on weekly Mondays more info...

Early May

Phone Workers Training Orientation Sessions. Call 1300 134 130

9 May - 13 June

Computer Literate & Job Ready Class for Women (6 weeks) more info...

16 May

WIRE Volunteers Week Morning Tea! more info...

25 June

FREE Info Seminar: Women & Superannuation book now...

For details /bookings, please call 9348 9416 (Option 2), email or visit

WIRE Volunteers

MORNING TEA Please join us for cake & cuppas on Thu 16 May 2013 @ 11am to celebrate National Volunteers Week. Let’s congratulate our volunteers for their vital work with Victorian women and to say,


TO WIRE’S NEW HOME! Visit our Women’s Information Centre

“Thanks a million!” RSVP Sheridon by 14/5

Hire WIRE’s new Training Room In November & March WIRE ran two full one-day workshops to help social/ health/community workers & financial c o u n s e l l o r s understand financial abuse in the context of Family Violence.

Call our Phone Room 1300 134 130

Interested in attending one? Contact Julie Kun on or call 9348 9416 (Option 8) Published April 2013 Copright of Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc. ABN 98 957 157 895 Reg. No. A122

HotWIRE newsletter #22 (April 2013)  

WIRE Women's Information Newsletter Issue #22 (April 2013)