Social housing volunteer awards open

The Department of Health and Human Services is calling for nominations for two awards that recognise an individual tenant, or a group of tenants, who are making a positive impact in their local community.

The Frances Penington Award celebrates an individual public or community housing tenant, or a group of tenants, who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to their community. The award honours the late Frances Penington who, as a Commissioner of the Housing Commission, was the first woman appointed to the board of a statutory authority in Victoria. She was also a strong advocate for women in housing estates and was active in building and supporting the tenant community and sparking community involvement.

The Molly Hadfield Award honours outstanding services to older tenants. The award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield OAM, who was a dedicated advocate for public housing tenants. She was also a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group, which formed in 1983.

Click here for details and to download the nomination form.

Nominations must be submitted by November 30.