Canberra’s AIDS Action Council on the move

AAC_Havlock HouseCanberra’s leading community-based HIV organisation is on the move to new premises that will strengthen HIV services in the ACT Community.

AIDS Action Council President Dr Nathan Boyle said moving from Acton’s Westlund House to Havelock House in Turner in July 2015 would save money and allow the Council to devote more resources to service delivery. “This is a great move for us as it will boost the AIDS Action Council’s ability to help the community,” said Dr Boyle.

“While Westlund House has been a big part of our history and growth over the last two decades, our new home will give us the security of a long-term lease and be more accessible for our many clients.”

As a grassroots peer-based community organisation, we always work to put our clients first and this change of location will mean an even stronger and more accessible location for the Council into the future. We’ve had some excellent discussions with the Havelock Housing Association Managing Director and there will be many opportunities to share resources and work in partnership to benefit the Canberra community.”

The Council’s Executive Director, Philippa Moss has been tasked to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible, with all memorabilia within Westlund House to be preserved, archived and stored appropriately. The Council will also be rebranding to forge a new visual identity to connect the Council even more strongly with its clients, members and key stakeholders.

“This year we will also be celebrating the Council’s 30th Anniversary, so a wonderful new home and a new look will be a great way to mark the occasion,” said Ms Moss. “The AIDS Action Council is looking forward to the next 30 years of using our knowledge, passion, empathy and courage to help our community take control of their health.”

A garage sale will be held at Westlund House on Saturday 18 July from 9.00am, where everything must go – from tea cups to metal shelving, office furniture, equipment, bric-a-brac & much more. At 12.30pm, a celebratory farewell will be held where people can share their memories of the last 20 years of the story of the AIDS Action Council.

For more information, visit: www.aidsaction.org.au for details.

Image: Havlock House – courtesy of AIDS Action Council

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