Under our Bridge in Communities Initiative, Bridge Housing has participated in a range of events and initiatives for and with our residents to build community connections and advocate for their needs. We share and extend the reach of our participation via social media.

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NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week 2020 was celebrated on November with the theme: “Always Was. Always Will Be” which recognised that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this land for over 65,000 thousand years. Bridge Housing supported the week, which was deferred from July due to COVID-19, through social media and encouraging residents to attend local events.

Homelessness Street Counts

Bridge Housing staff volunteers participate in local government street counts of rough sleepers to identify the scale of the problem and to inform homelessness service responses. This year we participated in the Northern Beaches Homeless Street Sleeping Count on 22 February. In past years we have also volunteered in the City of Sydney bi-annual Street Counts in February and August.

Steptember Challenge

Bridge Housing joined the Steptember walking challenge in September 2020 to raise money for the Black Dog Institute in partnership with SGCH, Link Housing and Hume Housing. 50% of staff sign up to do the month-long challenge. The challenge helped staff get fit and support an incredible cause by walking 6,000 steps daily, 42,000 steps weekly and 180,000 steps for the month.

Christmas in the community

We undertook our annual Christmas time initiative to help people in our community: the 12 Cans for Christmas food collection for The Settlement in Darlington. We collected $600 worth of non-perishable items to make up Christmas hampers for families.

Yabun Festival

Bridge Housing celebrated the survival and continuing 60,000 year old culture of Australia’s first people at the 2020 Yabun Festival in Sydney on 26 January 2020. Held in Glebe on the land of the Gadigal people, Yabun is the largest one-day gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Bridge Housing hosted a stall for people to have a chat with our staff, catch up with old friends, and hear more about our work.

International Women’s Day

Bridge Housing sponsored staff delegates to the Australasian Housing Institute’s 2020 International Women’s Day breakfast in Sydney on 9 March 2020. The 2020 IWD theme was #EachforEqual to convey that “An equal world is an enabled world”. COO Rebecca Pinsktone was the panel convenor for the event.

National Reconciliation Week

Bridge Housing celebrated National Reconciliation Week 2020 from 27 May – 3 June 2020 with staff and our tenant community coming together for a screening of the hit Australian movie ‘Top End Wedding’. We also launched our second Reconciliation Action Plan during Reconciliation Week, with its theme In this Together, by organising some online activities for staff and residents to learn more about reconciliation.

R U OK? Day

This annual day on 10 September was especially significant in 2020 as people across our community struggled with their mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. Bridge Housing staff attended an informative Zoom session on wellbeing delivered by the Langley Group.  

Photo: Staff ask each other R U OK? on 10 September