Transition Village Wallan is a community managed, registered charity developing an eco-village to provide safe, supported medium term accommodation for local people who are, or at risk of, homelessness.
Homelessness is both a cause and result of mental ill health and can be found across all of Australian society. TVW offers a unique model of care that is holistic and participant owned, offering physical and metal support, skills education and re-connection to community via a program of work and social experience.
This is practiced through the engagement of local community and Village residents in workshops, and supported work experience opportunities.
TVW aims to be financially independent within two years of the Village opening. To achieve this TVW is pursuing the following funding avenues:
- Grants applications
- Seeking donations
- Local event fundraising
- Community Business Support
- Developing small businesses to ensure long term stable funding.
- The first business to be developed in 2021 is the Recycle/Upcycle Op Shop Project (RUOSP).
- The second planned small business is an aquaponics centre in the village to supply green vegetables and herbs to the local markets. (2022-2023)
Components of the TVW Community Hub.
- The Recycled / Upcycled Op Shop Project.
The Recycle/ Upcycle Op Shop Project (RUOSP) will promote reduction of waste created by opshops going to landfill within the setting of a traditional opshop, while providing financial support for the overarching TVW project.
- The Menders and Makers Groups.
A Menders Group of volunteers to refresh items usually considered unusable by traditional op shops e.g. mending hems, sewing buttons, wash and iron.A Makers Group – an arts and crafts group which will create items from otherwise wasted goods e.g. mixed fabrics into hand braided rugs, upcycled clothing for sale or for donation to local homeless agencies e.g. vests made from older blankets or damaged clothing items.
- A safe place for community
A connected community is a resilient community. The TVW Community Hub will provide a safe space for community member to meet for a cuppa and a chat.
- A place for training and education offering (as examples)
- A sustainable education program for volunteers and Village residents to develop climate change adaptive actions
- Retail Skills training provided by a local adult education group
- Mental Health First Aid for volunteers
- Self-care for volunteers and clients
The TVW Community Hub’s components will be continually evaluated and changes made in the system as required.