Lived Experience Advisory Group
When possible Launch Housing selects members who are:
Additionally, women who have experienced domestic or family violence form part of this group as well as individuals with mental health challenges and people with a disability.
The LEAG is predominantly an advocacy group. Its members also contribute to Launch Housing’s practices and services, and participate in media interviews and community engagement.
Launch Housing implemented a Consumer Participation and Leadership Strategy in 2015 to incorporate voices of lived experience into our work.
These voices reflect and drive Launch Housing’s commitment to authentic consumer participation and emphasises consumer choice, access to opportunities and capability building.
Lived experiences of homelessness are central to informing Launch Housing’s services and are crucial to achieving our mission to end homelessness.
Since the LEAG commenced in 2016, its members have been instrumental in improving Launch Housing’s services.
In 2017-18 the LEAG influenced practices and services at Launch Housing by:
In 2017-18 the LEAG members shared their lived experiences through media and community engagement, including:
Launch Housing’s Lived Experience Advisory Group participate in event panels and speaking opportunities. If you have an opportunity that you’d like a LEAG member to attend, please contact Sharon McDonald, Lived Experience Service Development Worker. Sharon.McDonald@launchhousing.org.au.
Membership of the LEAG is offered via a formal Launch Housing recruitment process, as vacancies arise. Persons with lived experience of homelessness who are interested in joining the LEAG are invited to send an application addressing the Criteria for Participation, as outlined in the Position Description.