Live Your Best Life

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Expansion of resilience and respectful relationships program for homeless women.

How will the funding be spent?

Funding will be spent to employ a trainer to expand, promote, deliver and evaluate the program. To enable the participation of women from partner agencies, the program will be conducted external to Catherine House, and some funds will be spent on venue hire costs. Some funds will be spent on program promotional and course delivery materials.

How will the project be delivered?

In response to demand, Catherine House wants to expand the offering of our resilience and respectful relationships program, specifically tailored for our clients, focused on assisting women to understand their capacity, open up to their potential and let go of defining themselves by their past, their physical or mental health problems, their failed relationships; to let go of their “I’m not good enough” story. Expanding the program will reach clients of partner agencies, transforming more lives.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

We estimate that 140 participants will directly benefit from this program and we expect to see positive effects on a wider group, through close and family relationships with participants.

How will you measure the impact of this project?

We will measure session attendance, ongoing attendance and completion of the program to determine our reach with this training. We will also use surveys to get feedback from our participants to measure their experiences of participation, their satisfaction with participation, their perceptions of value and improvement for them in terms of knowledge and skills, as well as more widely in their lives. We will also ask for suggestions for improving our program.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

This project works with women in a way that encourages self-determination, increases self-worth and offers hope, by building skills and growing women’s capacity to live with dignity, in the face of the complex challenges which lead to women’s homelessness. The expansion of the “Live Your Best Life” program enhances our philosophy of warm welcome and support, receiving people just as they are: deepening social belonging.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

Catherine House Inc.

What does this organisation do?

Catherine House is dedicated to finding solutions to overcome women’s homelessness and transform their lives. We believe every woman has the potential to make positive choices about her future. Catherine House provides supported emergency accommodation and mental health programs for adult women experiencing homelessness. We also provide pathways to life skills development and education with the aim of reducing homelessness long term through building the independence and resilience of women experiencing homelessness. Our recovery oriented activities are offered at the Catherine House Women's Centre, located on site, and include health, wellbeing, art, music, and education and employment pathways.

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Anthony Roth

23 May 2017

Definitely require funding to help the high standard of work to encourage self determination, self confidence and decision making for the right reasons