Shelter WA would like to welcome Liz Lennon who has been engaged to lead our sector development activities.
Ms Lennon has worked for over 30 years in WA and Ireland on social justice, community development, regional development, arts development, and housing and homelessness issues. Her area of expertise includes strategic planning, learning and performance processes and frameworks, services and programmes evaluations, and bringing together people and networks to identify and address wicked problems.
Liz spent over a decade working in the housing and homelessness sector in Dublin and around Ireland developing and evaluating services as well as bringing people together to explore challenges and work together to make a real difference. Liz was responsible for the development of workforce and sector plans that resulted in a Learning and Performance plan and programme for the housing and homelessness sector in Dublin.
Also she developed a project that trained long term unemployed people as action researchers. They worked together to research and create the Wexford Area Action Plan that brought in multi millions of euro from the EU for social and economic development of the area. The workers also received accreditation from University College Cork and found ongoing employment.
Housing and Homelessness Providers
Liz developed national training plans for St Vincent de Paul and Simon Ireland as well as Depaul Ireland and Simon Dublin, organisations who are housing and homelessness service providers and developed a competency framework for a Galway based housing and homelessness provider that they use to this day. Before moving to Ireland Liz worked as a regional officer for the Department for Sport and Recreation, a community development officer for the Geraldton Midwest Development Authority and Education Officer for Learning Centre Link with specific responsibilities in the Northwest.
Liz has lived experience of housing stress and homelessness. Liz is a co-chair, on the WA Ageing on the Edge Working Group and on November 18 will present ‘Reimagining Home – a framework for creating collaborative homes with older single women on low incomes so they can age well in their communities of choice,’ work which was supported by Shelter WA and Connect Victoria Park.
Check out more of Liz’s work here.