Anne founded The SHIFT Project Byron after more than 25 years working with community organisations around the country. She identified a gap in housing options for women and also recognised that homelessness is fuelled not just by a lack of accommodation, but also by a sense of isolation and disconnection from self, community and family.
The SHIFT Project Byron’s format and structure aims to address this gap for women in transition by providing them with what Anne calls “a full tool kit” to help themselves. SHIFT differs from the usual crisis accommodation models, providing an education program and an opportunity to explore habitual patterns and often out-dated coping mechanisms, within a supported environment.
Anne is a clinically registered somatic psychotherapist with additional studies in the neurobiology of developmental trauma, Certificate IV Frontline Management and is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Welfare.
Her career experience encompasses psychotherapy, individual and group supervision, psychiatric nursing, sexual assault counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, domestic violence casework group facilitation/education, and various management positions. Working extensively in rural and remote Aboriginal communities has highlighted for Anne the real need for a stable environment when dealing with traumatic circumstances.
The vision in establishing The SHIFT Project Byron is that it be a self-sustaining, thriving, supportive environment with reciprocal community relationships, providing re-connection for the women personally and within the community.
Anne is committed to build and grow The SHIFT Project Byron to benefit women in transition with the objective of supporting them help themselves to deal with life circumstances.