Guest Speaker

Posted: 21st January 2011

Felicity Reynolds

Felicity Reynolds is CEO of the Mercy Foundation. The Mercy Foundation is currently focussing its advocacy, social justice and philanthropic activities on homelessness and the vision to help end chronic homelessness in Australia. Until March 2008, she worked for the City of Sydney, where she managed a community and homelessness services unit.

Felicity has a degree in Social Work and a background in mental health and health research. She has previously been the Executive Officer of the Mental Health Co-ordinating Council in NSW and she is currently a part-time member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal.

She represents the Mercy Foundation on the Australian Common Ground Alliance and is a member of the Board of City Women’s and B Miles Women’s housing service in Sydney. Felicity also currently chairs the Nepean Regional Homelessness Taskforce.

Her passion for homelessness, its causes, consequences and evidence based solutions is longstanding. In 2007 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate programs that have successfully assisted vulnerable and complex chronically homeless people in the USA, Canada and the UK.

She will be speaking about efforts that solve homelessness, specifically permanent supportive housing and the “NSW Common Ground Advisory Group” which is involved with a new 6 story, 104 unit purpose-built residential building at Camperdown, inner Sydney. This is to provide housing for the homeless, and affordable housing for people on very low income.

NOTE: James Pullar of the Rotary Club of Melbourne will be coming next week (28th January) to give a short talk about how Rotary has been involved in a similar project, just completed in Melbourne (he is not coming as guest speaker.)

Guy Glenny

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