Making a positive impact
We believe being here for our members also involves making a positive contribution to the communities we live and operate in. In November 2019, VicSuper teamed up with two community partners to help bring about positive change on important social issues. The recent impacts of COVID-19 have made the work of these partnerships more important than ever.
Mental wellbeing in the workplace
One in five Australians will experience difficulties with mental health at some stage in their lives.
WISE Employment has considerable expertise and a demonstrated track record in helping people return to work or enter work after experiencing or living with mental illness. Together we’ve been designing a pilot financial education program specific to the needs of WISE clients. While the original launch was delayed due to COVID-19, we’re looking forward to commencing the pilot in early 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). The project aims to improve the financial capability of those seeking or new to employment, so they can make better financial decisions when they are working, with a view to improving financial circumstances for themselves and their families.
Economic security of women
Women are retiring with 47% less superannuation than men, and 23% of women are retiring with no super at all.
We’ve also partnered with Fitted for Work, an innovative national organisation that helps women experiencing disadvantage to gain and retain employment. Our partnership has already supported 30 women from around Australia through the Emerge program. This new online program was created in response to COVID-19, and has been specifically developed for women who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 or had their job search impacted.
Emerge provides job preparation workshops covering a variety of topics. We’ll also be hosting a Corporate Orientation Day in mid-2021 (COVID-19 restrictions permitting), to provide our participants with an opportunity to practise their new skills face-to-face within a corporate environment. It comes at a critical time as we know that women have been suffering some of the worst economic impacts of the current pandemic.
We’re also providing our expertise as an advisory partner on the Cherry Women initiative. Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Cherry Women provides middle-aged women with tools, tips and options for building their financial security and future-proofing their housing, finance and employment. The pilot program was conceived to trial interventions to the growing incidence of older women sliding into poverty. In response to social distancing restrictions, Cherry Women has pivoted to a complete virtual model and expanded its female target audience to meet the growing need.
“The Emerge program has really been a bright light in the dark for me, it’s been a really positive experience! Thank you.
Karlee, program participant
If you’d like more information, or if we can help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.