The Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone Public Tenant Group and Merri Outreach Support Service food bank volunteers have been honoured for their community building achievements at the Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards.
Merri Outreach Support Service (MOSS) food bank volunteers

The awards, which celebrate the voluntary contributions of social housing residents, were presented by Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, at a ceremony on Thursday 8 February, 2018.

Frances Penington Award winners 2017

This year’s Frances Penington Award winner, the Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone Public Tenant Group, was established in 2005 to represent the needs of local public tenants. Their current membership is approximately 40 people, who meet monthly to discuss issues within the community.

The group have also established an annual celebration – the Public and Proud event. This event has run for the past three years with more than 150 people in attendance at each event.

The celebration showcases what real community is all about, by providing food, entertainment and an opportunity to get to know each other. This has created a sense of pride within the community.

Molly Hadfield Award winners 2017

Merri Outreach Support Service (MOSS) food bank has approximately 15 volunteers. They provide a food security program to the tenants of the over 55’s public housing estate in Brunswick and the surrounding community. The food bank provides an amazing 80 to 100 food parcels a week to support families and older people who struggle with the high cost of groceries and food items.

All volunteers are older retired residents who live on the estate. 

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