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Thank you all so very much. I have no words. To win this award and be named as Victorian Australian of the Year is such an incredible honour and it really is on behalf of all of you who have helped along the way. Awareness is nothing without action, and I could never have gotten this far without your support. Thank you so much to all of you who have stood by me, listened to me, trusted me and and pitched in to help in any way. I am so proud to accept this award on behalf of all of […]

What an incredible honour to be a Victorian finalist for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards! We’ve been through quite the year starting from the very first day of January 2021 helping with the Victorian bushfire crisis, to present day where we’re still assisting with the Melboune covid pandemic lockdown, and everything in between. I’m so excited to be joining 15 other nominees to celebrate our amazing nation on 27 October at the 2021 VIC #AusoftheYear Awards! Go to @AustralianoftheYear on Facebook at 6.30pm (AEDT) Thank you to everyone who nominated me. Please make sure you’re watching the 2021 […]

It is an incredible honour to lead a charity that provides instant and uncomplicated relief to Victorian people struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. Since April this year we have been able to provide thousands of essential items to those in lockdown. National Homeless Collective was founded almost six years ago, born from a vision that one day in the future everyone who needed help would receive help. Despite remaining unfunded we continue to find innovative ways to acquire essential goods and support which we pass directly to those in need. This is only possible because of the vast and ongoing […]

SiS Housing is a community funded housing support service providing immediate rent and bond financial assistance to women who are escaping family violence and women who are mature age. SiS is a pay back scheme where bond and rent loans are paid back over time to ensure more women are able to access the scheme. This community lead initiative also invites the public as well and corporations and philanthropist to donate toward the immediate rent and bond loans for women needing urgent assistance. SiS Housing was created out of a need for immediate rent and bond assistance where a person […]

We have recently had many organisations asking if we can provide toys or craft equipment for young children isolating in their homes during Covid. Not everyone has a backyard, schools and playgrounds are closed, and children who cannot go outside are sadly feeling the effects of lockdown. We have seen a huge rise in children needing emergency accommodation due to domestic violence and abuse. We create these play bags so the kids have something new to do and something to keep them occupied while they wait out the days inside. We include LEGO, books, stickers, play doh, colouring in pencils […]

The National Homeless Collective needs your help in getting sanitary items, toiletries and other essentials to those impacted by the bush fires. Your contributions will go a long way and all donations greater than $2 are tax deductible. Please donate via credit card or pay-pal using our secure pay-pal facility by clicking the donate button below. NHC Bushfire Relief Appeal is an initiative of the National Homeless Collective ABN: 93613068992.

Over the last couple of days, we have seen a millionaire sports star crowdfund for the purpose of “fighting for what’s right”…. that’s code for wanting to spread hateful and homophobic views, with no consequence from their employer. Youth who identify as LGBTIQ, the very group being targeted,  are over-represented in homelessness statistics. The main reason for this is that they are kicked out of home when they disclose their sexual identity. Every single day young LGBQTI people are discriminated against, abused and tossed aside – purely because of their sexuality. We think funding safe beds to sleep in and […]

Thank you MiNDFOOD.COM for recognising our amazing CEO and our recent venture, an Op Shop with difference, The Kala Space. Please find the article below and take the time to find our more about what we are trying to achieve in making change in the world.

Please take the time to read this article from our Founder and CEO. She took this call today Thursday 30th May 2019. The phone call I received today shouldn’t have surprised me, but it frustrated me so much more than usual. There was nothing unusual about the call itself though. I get them all the time. As we come to the end of our fundraiser for the funeral of Courtney Herron, a young 25-year-old woman brutally murdered in a park only a few days ago, it was hard not to feel defeated by this particular call, even though it was […]

Last week we were contacted by a Mum desperate for some help to get her boy ready for high school. With the fees, the uniforms, the book lists, she was going to be more than $1000 out of pocket. This just should not be happening. So close to Christmas, parents out of work or reduced hours because of Covid, single parents struggling on Newstart allowance, looking for jobs that simply aren’t available to them, and stressed young teens who are worried they’re a burden on their parents who are just trying to get them educated. If we don’t give children […]

A massive thank you to all our beautiful supporters, look at what you have made happen. We initially had a target of 250 Christmas gifts for children in need this year and we achieved that goal in November. Then we set a target for 500 gifts and we are well on the way to smashing that goal!!! This is absolutely phenomenal and we couldn’t have done it without you!!! Thank you to every single one of you who has donated a gift or donated financially. We had the privilege of meeting some of our gift giving angels at The Kala […]

Yesterday I met with the Australian National Skills Commission with the goal of initiating changes in the employment landscape that will see more jobs available for people with housing insecurity and those experiencing homelessness. More needs to be done to address the individual employment needs of those who need extra supports put in place, who want to and are ready to work. We must have these conversations now so we will see a future where being unhoused is not a barrier to finding accessible, purposeful and enjoyable employment. This is just the beginning but we are starting to get a […]

Melbourne we cannot thank you enough. We put a call out for Christmas presents for kids who will otherwise receive nothing for Christmas due to many factors such as homelessness, poverty and the devastating effects of Covid, and in just a matter of days we raised enough money to buy gifts for 100 of our target of 250 children. These toys and gifts will all be going to Stevenson House to support families in Caroline Springs, Melton and Taylor’s Lakes area. We will be dropping them off to Catrice and her incredible team first thing tomorrow morning. We still have […]

I was absolutely thrilled to be on this weeks episode of Too Peas In A Podcast. It wasan incredible honour and so much fun. Click the link to hear how the charity got started, an impossible cat situation an reasons why charitable people should be able to swear too! https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/too-peas-in-a-podcast/id1470294201?i=1000499252287

A couple of days ago we received an urgent email from an organisation who was looking after a middle aged woman who was sleeping rough. Hannah needed a place fast and she needed literally everything to go with it because she didn’t have a thing to her name. As soon as her house was sorted we went and seen our friends at Furniture & Mattress Depot where Vance sorted us out with some incredible bargains for an entire house of furniture for Hannah including 2 x 2 seater couches, a queen sized bed, tall boy, dining suite and TV stand […]

The Dan Andrews government this morning announced $5.2b in funding to build 12,000 new social housing units which will create around 18,000 new jobs. Whist this is absolutely fantastic news and something we have been lobbying for since we started this charity almost 6 years ago, we have still forgotten one fundamental flaw in the system. These jobs that will be created will mostly not be suitable for those living within the turmoil and chaos that homelessness and domestic violence brings. We believe in the housing first model but until we give a person back their sense of purpose we […]

If you’re stuck for what to buy someone for our Christmas appeal here are a few ideas that might help. This isn’t an exhaustive list so by all means please feel free to donate anything else you feel someone would like! 🚫Please note though we cannot accept:Second hand or used giftsAlcohol of any kindGifts associated with violence such as guns and swords.Gifts of cultural appropriation such as Native American dress up, Golliwogs etcGifts with rude or abusive slogansPerishable items 🎄Thank you so much for helping us make Christmas a magical time for these families. Www.nhcollective.org.au/xmas2020

Today I had the privilege of speaking to 400+ year 8, 9 and 10 students about the work I do with the charity. I also spoke about what it’s like to be an Indigenous person in today’s world and how the stolen generation still has a huge ripple effect on people today. Our First Nations people were wonderful story tellers and passed down 65,000 years of traditions, culture, history and lore around campfires, on long treks and on river banks to make sure new generations learned the ways of the land and the stories of the Dreamtime. 65,000 years, and […]

Always was, always will be. NAIDOC Week 2020 In 2019, 3.57% of Indigenous peoples were experiencing homelessness compared to 1.2% on non Indigenous Australians. This means that 1 in 28 of all Aboriginal peoples have nowhere safe and suitable to live on our own land. If it always was and always will be Aboriginal land, why are so many Aboriginal people still displaced and still not being given the opportunity to live their days in peace in a place of their own? When I started @Sisters in Safe Housing to support women experiencing homelessness to access safe, suitable and timely […]