Better Together Housing Newsletter 12 December 2023

Hi everyone, welcome to the December 2023 edition…
Thank you for signing up to receive our updates and a big welcome to our new members.

Wow we cant believe that Christmas is only just around the corner! The Better Together Housing Team would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year. We also want to thank you all for being a part of the Better Together Housing community. In the last few weeks we have met with or spoken to members and non-members to gather feedback about the program. We want to thank everyone who has provided feedback. We have heard you and will be making some changes in the new year to make the program as responsive to our members as possible. 2024 is turning out to be a big year for Better Together Housing and we can’t wait to share all the exciting things happening!

Christmas Closure

Sunshine Coast:
closed from 1pm on the 22/12 and we will be back on the 2/01
Closed from the 21/12 and will be back on the 9/01

Mackay News & updates

Better Together Housing Mackay will be at the Canelands Shopping center in January with an information stall. If you have any questions about Better Together Housing or are interesting in getting some more information why not pop down and have a chat with Lauren.

The information Stall will be running on Thursday the 25th of January from 9:30-12:30pm and January 30th from 10am-1pm.

Latest News, Articles and Information

Housing Older Women’s Support Services (HOWSS) is a Specialised Housing and Support Hub for Older Women funded by the Department of Housing. This Footprints Community service offers a Brisbane-based Hub, and a Queensland wide online navigation and support service that is inclusive of all older women experiencing housing distress or homelessness.

HOWSS provides a place where older women can receive:
– help to find housing and support assistance
– information and linkages to other human service support agencies
– engagement and education sessions for older women, and the sector
– volunteer peer support from people with lived experience
– outreach services
– state-wide collaborative regional responses
– face-to-face contact with skilled staff
– telephone and online advice and advocacy

To contact HOWSS call 1800 366 877 or you can find more information on their website

Community Christmas Events

Sunshine Coast
Christmas Breakfast
– Monday 25th of December 8am-10am Maleny Neighborhood Centre
Breakfast at the Beach – Monday 25th of December 6am-11am Happy Valley Park @ Esplande
Bulcock Beach, Caloundra – Look for the red helium balloons
Noosa Community Christmas Day Lunch – Monday 25th of December from 11:30am – Salvation Army 6 Bartlett Street Noosaville – RSVP essential by the 20th of December on 5335 8500 or email

Roshni Indian Restaurant annual no one eats alone Christmas Lunch – Monday 25th of December 11am-1pm – 164 Victoria street Mackay

Support over the Christmas Period

The holidays can be a tough time for some people. If you need support over the Christmas period please see the below:
Homelessness hotline – 1800 474 753
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Salvation Army – 1300 371 288
DV Connect – 1800 811 811

Interesting links to learn more about why Better Together Housing is working hard to grow
our services and membership.

Stay or go? Most older Australians want to retire where they are, but renters don’t always get a choice

Upcoming Events

Maroochydore Get it Together

Starts: 18 Dec 2023 at 10:15 AM
Ends: 18 Dec 2023 at 11:15 AM

San Churro Chocolateria, Shop GD091 – on the Riverwalk, Sunshine Plaza, 154-164 Horton Parade Maroochydore, 4558

Pomona Information Session

Starts: 9 May 2024 at 1:00 PM
Ends: 9 May 2024 at 2:30 PM
1 Memorial Ave, Pomona QLD 4568, Australia

Mackay Get it Together

Starts: 18 Dec 2023 at 10:00 AM
Ends: 18 Dec 2023 at 11:30 AM

63 Sydney Street, Mackay, QLD, Australia, Queensland