VincentCare wins Victorian Homelessness Achievement Award
VincentCare has won the Award for Excellence in Ending Homelessness in Diverse Groups at the 2019 Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards, held on Monday 14 October 2019 in Melbourne.
A range of communities are over-represented in homelessness, and this award seeks to recognise those achieving excellence in ending homelessness for these client groups.
VincentCare launched a comprehensive review of its sites, systems, programs and practices to identify how best to support LGBTIQ clients and maximise their housing outcomes. Acting on that review has resulted in Rainbow Tick Accreditation, leadership in the sector, an increase in referrals of LGBTIQ clients from other organisations and positive feedback from clients.
VincentCare CEO Quinn Pawson gave a touching speech recognising that VincentCare, and its predecessor organisations had contributed to harming LGBTIQ consumers in the past, that pursuing LGBTIQ-focused reforms had improved their homelessness practice, and informing everyone that VincentCare had developed resources that could assist other homelessness organisations to improve their LGBTIQ practice.
The Awards were part of the Council to Homeless Persons bi-annual Victorian Homelessness Conference. More than 500 people including practitioners and leaders from the homelessness sector, local and state government staff, academics, and people with lived experience.
Congratulations to all the organisations, programs and individuals that were recognised for their outstanding contributions to ending homelessness. Find out more about the conference and awards by visiting the Council to Homeless Persons website.
Pictured (l-r): Ivana Cvak, Chloe Persing, Lisa Sammut, Ayfer Berdilek, Paul Turton, Fiona Pole, Jac Tomlins, Elvis Martin, Josh Darvill, Quinn Pawson.