'Roof Over Our Heads' project

Media release - 10 January 2013

The Kempsey Family Community Centre, a Housing NSW initiative managed by Kempsey Shire Council and funded by Community Services through Community Builders, have recently developed and completed the  'Roof Over our Heads' project.

This project involved engaging interested people from the Kempsey area in creating a film that would become a tool in reducing homelessness in the Macleay through the education of prospective renters in how to effectively sustain a tenancy whether it be social housing or private rental accommodation.

The target groups are those who currently rent or potential renters who would benefit immensely from utilising this exciting new educational tool.

The film focuses on young people moving into their own accommodation or adults who may not have previously rented, or who may not fully understand the responsibilities they undertake when signing a rental agreement.

Allowing participants to understand the scenarios and then "act" the scene, helped to create a film that was "raw" in depicting social issues as they often are and providing an opportunity for professionals who work in these relevant areas to provide expert advice on how to avoid losing accommodation through the breach of a rental contract.

The expert direction proved by David Vadiveloo and Danny Teece-Johnson who are filmmakers from Community Prophets - a social justice film company, led to the film engaging community members in "broadening their horizons" and has contributed to an incresase in the self esteem of participants and elevated self confidence through the teaching of  new skills that will benefit their community.

A film launch will take place on Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 10:30am in the Kempsey Family Community Centre 48-50 Yarravel Street, South Kempsey NSW 2440.

For further information please ring Mavis on 02 6562 1911.

The 'film crew' for the Roof Over Our Heads projectThe 'film crew' for the Roof Over Our Heads project