Jane Hughes and Lauren Dixon - Housing and Homelessness Workers

Two awesome individuals who are unstoppable as a cooperative partnership, Housing and Homelessness Living Skills Workers Jane Hughes and Lauren Dixon help people to see their glass as half full when they feel they have no glass at all.
Jane and Lauren

Jane Hughes and Lauren Dixon dream big and have the ability to make their hopes for the homeless a reality. 

Two awesome individuals who are unstoppable as a cooperative partnership, Housing and Homelessness Living Skills Workers Jane Hughes and Lauren Dixon help people to see their glass as half full when they feel they have no glass at all.  Together they have reoriented Flourish Australia’s Living Skills Program to bring strong support, practical skills and most importantly, hope, to people who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Both women are wellsprings of hope for the people who most need it.  Where stability and space to grow have been in short supply for someone, Jane and Lauren work with dogged determination to restore their faith in the future and give them the tools to turn their lives around.

Investing heart and soul into working with women in high risk situations; they think creatively and resourcefully, assisting in every way possible and persisting where others would falter or give up.   They run pampering sessions for women escaping domestic violence; aware that this is something they may not have experienced for some time and how much a little TLC can mean to them.

Jane and Lauren provide support to all household members including children and recognise the importance of having dependable natural supports surrounding those with a lived experience, so they engage the relatives and friends of people accessing Flourish Australia services with fun family days.  They organise group activities like treasure hunts, designed to encourage families to bond and provide other draw cards like jumping castles, bubble making and face painting to attract active participation.     

The dynamic duo has organised practical skills sessions such as Rent-it, Keep-it where buy-in stakeholders like real estate agents offer insights and options.  Thinking laterally, they have engaged a volunteer with versatile handyperson skills to run Ian’s Fix-It Group, which teaches people basic home and vehicle maintenance skills.  Something as simple as knowing how to fix a hole in a plaster wall can help to sustain a tenancy.  Partnering with REAP (Oz Harvest), they have developed practical cooking, nutrition and budgeting classes.

To communicate everything that is on offer more efficiently they are in the process of co-creating a newsletter and calendar of events.

Staff find it heart-warming to watch these women in action. Both have consistently demonstrated great perseverance and a remarkable propensity for making things happen. They have learned to apply their own lived experiences in very sensitive and nuanced ways, with respect for the people they serve and are admired for their ability to optimise available resources to overcome adversity.

Through it all, Lauren and Jane maintain non-judgemental attitudes and a wonderful generosity of spirit as they #PressforProgress and invite more and more people into circles of support.

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