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Sep 2021

Social housing volunteer awards

Each year, the awards are presented to social/community housing renters, or groups of renters, who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to their community.

In every community, there are exceptional people who reach out, lend a hand and get involved. These are the people who go above and beyond to help others and in doing so, build a strong community spirit.

The Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards publicly acknowledge an individual renter, or a group of renters, who make a positive impact in their local community.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is calling for nominations for these two awards.

Frances Penington Award

The Frances Penington Award celebrates an individual public or community housing renter, or a group of renters, who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to their community.

The award honours the late Frances Penington who, as a Commissioner of the Housing Commission, was the first woman appointed to the board of a statutory authority in Victoria. She was also a strong advocate for women in housing estates and was active in building and supporting the renter community and sparking community involvement.

Molly Hadfield Award

The Molly Hadfield Award honours outstanding services to older renters.

The award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield OAM, who was a dedicated advocate for public housing renters. She was also a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group, which formed in 1983.

Award nominations close on Friday 1 October 2021

More information

For further information about the Frances Penington Award or the Molly Hadfield Award
call Housing Victoria on (03) 8633 4357/ 0439 209 122 or 

Visit the Social Housing Volunteers Awards page on the Housing website