The Placement Circle is dedicated to linking women and girls to a peer supported model of education and employment. Success is achieved through the encouragement that comes from a shared lived experience.
We do this with our social enterprise – WomenCan Australia and our charity, The Placement Circle.
There has been a rapidly emerging prevalence of older, poor, single females who find themselves without a permanent safe place to live and with limited or unreliable income.
Our program supports a transition through education and employment for all women and girls so that they can achieve the financial and emotional strength to carry them through to a dignified old age.
One well-documented circuit-breaker of poverty and attendant homelessness is reliable employment. To be employed requires a skill set.
We know that by building a business or being employed by another, the following benefits are realised:
Generation of a reliable income stream;
Restoration of confidence and self-esteem;
Creation of and access to a supportive network of women with a shared lived experience
Through our membership model, we foster peer support from the lived experience of each other.
When women feel that they belong and are valued, they can achieve anything.
The encouragement and enthusiasm that comes from the story of others who have triumphed over adversity is contagious.
We are about women supporting other women to improve their lives so they can make choices that empower them and determine their own destiny.
We know how precious scarce resources are and so our hub and spoke referral program means that our members are able to access a range of government and non government support services on referral.
We are not interested in replicating or duplicating the work that other specialists services provide, rather we share our networks and our knowledge so that our members can connect with the community, government and other for purpose services that they may need.
Members can access our referral resources through the members portal.
We know that:
Only 10% of retiring women cite superannuation as their main source of income;
600,820 women are over the age of 45, are on low median incomes and do not own a home. 56% of these women are over 55 and are still paying off a mortgage.
45,8139 women experienced homelessness on census night with homelessness rates up 9.5% in since 2012
Many of these women are or have experienced mental health distress and/or domestic violence
 See: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Retirement and Retirement Intentions, cat. No 6238.0 (2013) 13
 See: Data generated November 2013 from 2011 ABS Census using Table Builder.
 See: ABS Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness 2016
 See: AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Annual Report 2016-17 (www.aihw.gov.au/reports/homelessness-services/specialist-homelessness-services-2016-17/contents/client-groups-of-interest/older-clients)