Wintringham is a not-for-profit organisation providing housing, aged care and support services for elderly homeless men and women throughout Victoria. With the support of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation they have purchased a supporting housing site in Frankston. The 45 bed residence is in a prime location, fully furnished and ready to be occupied by Wintringham residents. The new site will not only provide housing and support to its residents, it will facilitate the distribution of a meal service for those who are experiencing homelessness in the community.
Wintringham have named the site after one of their clients Angus Martin (pictured), who was a war veteran, serving in the Egyptian desert in World War 2. His injuries were such that, later in life when Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, first got to know him at Gordon House (a night shelter operating in the 80s) he was crippled by pain and could only walk using two sticks.
Angus became a great friend of Dot Lipmann. Together with staff at Wintringham, Dot saw to it that Angus was awarded the Australian Defence Medal, a belated acknowledgement of his war effort and all it had cost him.
Angus Martin House will commence operation in early 2017.
In 2013 the Foundation donated 5 properties valued at $1.8M to WAYSS to provide housing for those at risk of homelessness. These properties have proven to be very valuable and beneficial to the families housed, majority of them being women and children escaping domestic violence.
“This program has proved to help meet a well established need to provide a high level of stability and certainty that vulnerable families escaping family violence have not otherwise been able to access.” WAYSS CEO Mr Kim Stowe
About WAYSS: WAYSS core purpose is to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their life circumstances by providing access to stable, affordable and safe accommodation. WAYSS employs 133 staff who work in a range of funded services across eight locations in the local government areas of City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and City of Frankston and the Shire of Cardinia and the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.
In July 2014 the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation committed to our largest ever single grant of $7.5M to Wintringham. The grant enabled Wintringham to purchase Gilgunya Village in Coburg, an aged care facility owned by Wesley Mission Victoria. Gilgunya consists of 51 bedroom low care hostel units and 12 two-bedroom independent living units together with supporting facilities, contained in an attractively landscaped .83 hectare site.
Bryan Lipmann, Wintringham CEO, said while the grant would make Wintringham stronger, the fundamental difference was the net increase in the number of beds available to financially disadvantaged older people.
The Foundation hopes this donation will encourage other trusts and individuals to reduce our homeless problem.
Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness by building homes and providing scholarship and mentors.
The Kids Under Cover Studio program is a unique model, which prevents youth homelessness. Relocatable studios, specifically designed by Ortech Industries in Bendigo, are situated in the backyard of the carer’s property to accommodate one or two young people at risk of homelessness. Studios are built on, or relocated to, the carer’s property at the request of a KUC-member non-government organisation (NGO) or government departmental agency that is providing support to the young person.
The Studio provides secure and stable accommodation over the medium to long term while issues placing the young person at risk of homelessness are resolved. Once the Studio is no longer required, KUC relocates it to another young person and family in urgent need of accommodation and support.
In the ﬁnal weeks of the 2011/12 ﬁnancial year the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation provided an overwhelmingly generous gift to the Kids Under Cover Studio Program. The gift was the largest ever single donation received by Kids Under Cover.
This grant from the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation enabled Kids Under Cover to provide 10 Studios over 2012/13 to young people at risk of homelessness, creating a signiﬁcant impact on the largest waiting list Kids Under Cover had experienced to date.
The Foundation’s grant to Kids Under Cover funded studios in both metropolitan and regional Victoria in the following locations:
• Heidelberg West
• Meadow Heights
This overwhelming gift followed careful review of the efficacy and sustainability of the Studio program, particularly on the positive impact it has on young people, their family and their community. Kids Under Cover tracks the outcomes of the Studio program through an annual impact survey, and via direct communication with families and the support workers.
The long term benefits of the grant are magnified by the fact that each relocatable studio has a life of up to 20 years. Over this period, each studio can support up to 5 different young people (and their families) through our Studio relocation activities.
For more information about the Studio Program please visit