Who We Are
The WASH House Inc. is a community based resource centre for women. It is a place of support, information and a step to other services. We offer a range of services and activities for women in the Blacktown LGA and surrounds.
The aim of the WASH House is to reduce the impact of poverty, social disadvantage and violence on the lives of women and their families. We do this through the provision of women-centred, quality, timely, culturally sensitive and accessible services.
WASH House Organisational Structure
WASH House Operational Structure
WIDAD IDELBI - member
Widad passionately believes in a women's right to choose her own destiny and to live in a safe environment for herself and her family, free from violence and discrimination.
Widad studied history at university and worked as a community worker in Syria. After arriving in Australia she attended a disability community Awareness Course in 2000 with the WASH House and in 2009 attained an Aged care worker certificate. Widad has particular experience and interest in working with people from diverse cultures, language and social backgrounds.
Widad has been on the WASH House Board of Management since 1999 (with a break from 2013 – 2016) and prior to that worked at the WASH as a volunteer with the Tuesday Night Club supporting members of the community with a mild intellectual disability.
Helping women is very important and supports strong families and children and provides for healthy future generations.
Jo Fuller - Chairperson
Jo Fuller graduated as a social worker in 1981 and completed a Master of Social Work in 1999. She worked as a hospital social worker at Concord Hospital until 1990, then moved to Melbourne to take up a position as Deputy Social Work Manager at the Austin Hospital until 1993.
From 1993 to 2001 Jo was the manager of the Northern CentreAgainst Sexual Assault in Victoria. She was also involved in a range of statewide and national peak bodies which advocated to eliminate violence against women including being convenor of the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault Forum; an inaugural member of the board of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence; and a member of the Victorian Community Council Against Violence. Jo was also on management committees of a number of women’s services in Melbourne.
HEATHER CHAFFEY - member
Heather has 20 years’ experience in youth, community, health and local government sectors, particularly in Western Sydney. She has developed a keen focus on place-based disadvantage, social innovation and leadership. Heather identifies as a queer intersectional feminist.
Having led the Neighbourhood Renewal Program at Penrith City Council for a decade, Heather has recently moved to Wentworth Community Housing where she leads the Sustainable Communities Division. This includes managing a range of community engagement, policy development, and employment programs.
As part of this role Heather and her team founded Neighbourhood Jobs, a social enterprise aiming to smash intergenerational poverty in Western Sydney through employment and trauma informed training for young people experiencing homelessness. Heather manages this innovative for-purpose business.
Heather has two young children and lives in the lower Blue Mountains. She grew up in Mt Druitt and the Blue Mountains and feels most at home in the Blacktown and Nepean regions.
Qualifications: Heather holds a Bachelor of Social Science with Charles Sturt University (CSU), a Post Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is a graduate of Sydney Leadership 2016, an adaptive leadership development program of Social Leadership Australia.
From 2001 – 2002 Jo worked for the NSW Health Department as the Senior Policy Analyst for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. In early 2003, Jo joined Western Sydney Local Health District, initially as Service Manager of the Child &; Family Team at Mt Druitt Community Health Centre. Since 2004 Jo has held senior management positions within Community Health mostly within Blacktown LGA. In early 2017, Jo was appointed to the position of Program Lead Priority Populations within Western Sydney Local Health District.
Jo remains very involved with local non-government agencies and services and has been on the Board of the Women’s Activities and Self-Help House in Mt Druitt since 2006, and on the management committee of Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency since 2007. Jo is also the co-chair of the Mt Druitt Family Violence Response and Support Strategy.
Jo has a particular passion for working with the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our community. She is committed to ensuring that the community receives the best possible service from community health services and from those non-government organisations with which she is involved.
JULZ PASPRIZZA-LAUS – Treasurer
TARSA LINSDELL – member
NTUMBA MITSHABU – member