We are delighted to announce that we have finally secured a home for Tender Funerals Canberra Region at 49 Laverton Ave, Fairbairn.
This has been made possible through incredible support from The Snow Foundation and Capital AirportGroup. From the beginning of our efforts to establish a Tender Funerals in Canberra, The Snow Foundation has believed in our vision of access to affordable, meaningful funerals for all Australians. It has recognised the need for a service like Tender’s in our community. Their initial support for project development has grown into substantial funding worth $1M to support our building fit-out and initial start-up expenses. In addition to the funding, The Snow Foundation has worked with the Capital Airport Group to find and secure suitable premises for Tender at Fairbairn, close by the Canberra Airport.
In early February 2024, the teams from Tender Funerals, The Snow Foundation, Capital Airport Group and Moltus Constructions met at our new premises. Hard hats and hi-vis on, we walked through the construction site and talked through all the beautiful spaces that are being created out there for the Canberra Region community. At the moment, it’s a lot of internal wall frames and demolished pieces of plasterboard on the floor. Very soon, however, it will take shape as:
- A multi-purpose community space, to welcome people into our space, hold small ceremonies or run workshops
- Two arrangement rooms, for families to meet with us and plan their funerals together
- Two viewing or vigil rooms, for families to spend meaningful time with their person who has died
- Two wash and dress rooms, for families who want to take part in the care of their person
- plus a mortuary, fridge room, cool room, office space and all the other facilities we’ll need to bring the Tender model of affordable, meaningful funerals to our region.
Tender Funerals Canberra Region is the third site to become operational in the Tender Funerals Network. “We’re so excited that Tender Funerals Canberra now has a home to operate out of, with the support of two wonderful partnerships,” says Jenny Briscoe-Hough, CEO of Tender Funerals Australia. “It has been a huge journey for the Tender Funerals Canberra Board and they have achieved this milestone with extraordinary hard work, determination and patience. We are so thrilled for the community of the Canberra Region who will soon have access to the Tender Funerals model of services – it will make a real difference to people there.”
As the fit-out for the building concludes in a few months’ time, we’ll look forward to working with our volunteers and other members of the community to furnish the space and organise it, ready for families to start using our funeral services in August 2024. We will also be recruiting our first funeral directors.
We are also immensely grateful to Jenny Briscoe-Hough and the team from Tender Funerals Australia, as well as our colleagues at Tender Funerals Illawarra and Tender Funerals Mid-North Coast for their advice, connections and support on this journey.
An organisation like Tender Funerals is built for and by the community, and we invite anyone who wants to support access to affordable, meaningful funerals for the Canberra Region to support our furnishings and vehicle fundraising campaign, which is part of Hands Across Canberra’s annual Canberra Day Appeal.