Toora Women Inc. and EveryMan Australia welcome the ACT Government’s decision to move Inanna Inc.’s homelessness programs to a consortium between the two agencies to maintain ongoing services to vulnerable people in the community.
Toora will be taking on the contracts for the Women and Children, Families and Head Lease programs, while EveryMan will be responsible for the Indigenous Program and Indigenous Boarding House.
Toora’s Executive Director, Susan Clarke-Lindfield, said she is saddened by the collapse of Inanna, which had a long and proud history of serving the community. Greg Aldridge, EveryMan’s Executive Director, expressed his organisation’s sense of loss for a very productive partnership of many years between EveryMan and Inanna, with staff working together over the last year on what would have been valuable domestic violence initiatives.
Ms Clarke-Lindfield and Mr Aldridge agreed that the collapse of Inanna would have an impact on local community service providers for years to come, with a strong focus on the need for stronger governance to be delivered across the sector.
The innovative service delivery model that the consortium will deliver represents ground-breaking, integrated homelessness service provision through a partnership between men and women’s services. It also leverages the expertise of Toora and EveryMan in providing services to diverse clients groups, including strong engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans.
Toora and Everyman are currently taking expressions of interests from suitably qualified former Inanna employees to take up positions in their new programs. They acknowledge that this has been a very stressful time for former Inanna staff and clients and will be moving as quickly as possible to fill positions to ensure continuity of services. Both organisations have support mechanisms in place, for example an Employee Assistance program for staff, and are confident that staff will settle in smoothly.
Ms Clarke-Lindfield stated “Together with our partner EveryMan Australia, we have a combined total of 48 years’ experience providing specialist homelessness services, with a strong history of interagency collaboration to develop and improve our services. We are committed to the consortium as a means to building the capacity of our unique gender-specialist partnership, so we can support our clients to achieve the outcomes that matter to them and to contribute to a stronger Canberra community.”
Susan Clarke-Lindfield (02) 6122 7004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Aldridge (02) 6320-6999 email@example.com