Community Services Excellence Award – Volunteer-Based Organisation
Fair Game Sports Equipment Incorporated – Fair Game WA Program, Derby
The Fair Game WA Program is a health promotion and community development charity that uses recycled sports equipment to deliver health and fitness programs to communities across Western Australia. The program operates in disadvantaged areas, aiming to reduce rates of disease, promote the prevention of harmful behaviours and provide direct relief of suffering, misfortune, distress, poverty, helplessness and destitution. Fair Game WA runs courses on how to avoid, overcome or recover from harmful behaviour, trains carers and professionals in ways of dealing with harmful behaviour and disease and provides information to the public and health professionals. Fair Game WA has developed a unique learning partnership with students studying sport science, exercise and health at the University of Western Australia. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to participate as youth leaders in remote indigenous communities across Western Australia.
Community Services Excellence Award – Small Organisation
Teach Learn Grow Inc – TLG Rural Program, Crawley
Teach Learn Grow Inc provides tutoring and mentoring services free of charge to rural and Indigenous WA students with the aim of overcoming poverty and disadvantage through education. The services focus on consolidating knowledge and inspiring a student’s interest in education to maximise their potential. One hundred and eighty volunteers travel twice a year to 12 schools to provide one-on-one tutoring with every child for two hours a day. The remainder of time is spent mentoring and engaging children with school, with planned activities, science experiments, reading and games. Volunteers also spend time forming sustainable relationships with regional communities, resulting in improved attitudes towards education from the community. November 2013 saw Teach Learn Grow deliver 5001 tutoring hours in one week, free of charge, to schools most in need in WA.
Community Services Excellence Award – Medium Organisation
The Nintirri Centre Inc, Tom Price
The Nintirri Centre Inc is at the very heart of the Tom Price community, delivering a vast range of services and programs through the Nintirri Neighbourhood Centre, the Little Geckos Childcare Centre, the Community Health and Wellbeing unit, a Domestic Violence Counselling and Prevention Service and the Three Year Old Transition to School Program.
The Nintirri Centre Inc. works very closely with the community at a range of different levels to enable the centre to devise and deliver services and infrastructure responses that that reflect the continually growing local priorities. This is achieved by direct and informal communication with service users, an annual survey, use of social media and initiatives such as the ‘Conversation Café’. The centre has just recently implemented a three year strategic plan identifying priority outcomes and areas of change which will see the Nintirri Centre grow and expand through till 2016 meaning new and exciting time ahead.
Community Services Excellence Award – Large Organisation
Rise Network Inc – Kira House Project, Midland
Kira House was inspired by the plight of a pregnant teenager with nowhere to go within the 2004 refuge system. Opening its doors in 2008, Kira House is WA’s first funded 24 hour a day, seven days a week safe house for young women aged 14 – 18. Today the facility assists young women fleeing domestic violence and operates with support from local and regional businesses. It provides individually planned approaches for up to six families at a time and includes basic life skills, disease management, and parenting. In some cases young women give birth while at Kira House and they are supported through the whole process. Following their transition out of the facility, support continues to be provided to help maintain their tenancy, establish networks for safeguarding, continue to develop their life skills and ensure their well-being.
Community Services Excellence Award – Regional Organisation
Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre Association Inc, Geraldton
Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre has facilitated a number of creative and innovative projects across the Midwest Gascoyne region of WA. These projects have been developed through consultations and partnerships with communities, families, young people and service providers. The projects are varied and have included; implementation of a Future Leaders Program, a Mentor Toolbox for Employers developed with young people, many of whom have experienced substantial risk factors; mental health and art workshops; parental and community engagement programs and a civic engagement program for young people disengaged with school. Staff at the centre say that working in the Midwest Gascoyne is a privilege as they have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people who face the challenges of distance and isolation to develop skills, talents and strengths that are often overlooked.
Community Services Excellence Award – Partnerships
Avon Youth Community and Family Services Inc – 6510Youth Program, Northam
Recognising that two serviceswere providing disconnected programs from the same facility, the Shire of Moora and Avon Youth took the proactive step of partnering in January 2013. 6510Youth combines expertise from both providers in a more streamlined and effective way. One focus has been on school truancy and they have worked closely with all three local schools, measuring attendance rates and implementing strategies where relevant. In an area where education has not been traditionally valued, the ‘no learning no play’ policy has been supported by sporting clubs, and an innovative approach to re-engaging kids lost to the education system has also been successful. The centre also encourages youth to drop in after school to provide a linkage point for further referral if necessary.
Community Services Excellence Award – Outstanding Achievement in Raising Awareness of Community Services
St Bartholomew’s House Inc – Homeless for a Day Campaign, East Perth
This ground-breaking publicity campaign saw six Perth CEOs undergo complete transformations with wardrobe and makeup to spend a morning as a homeless person in Perth’s CBD. The powerful media coverage provided West Australians with an insight into the homelessness plight in WA and provided awareness of St Bart’s mission to raise money for a new social housing facility on Brown Street, East Perth. Coverage in The West Australian’s Insider magazine connected the campaign with the business community in a profound and significant way. With a $15million fundraising goal, St Bart’s has successfully engaged with a leading property group, and made connections with other leading corporations, all on the success of this campaign.
Community Services Excellence Award – Outstanding Commitment by an Individual
Esben Kaas-Sorensen, East Perth
Esben Kaas-Sorensen’s lasting legacy will be the changing attitudes to the homeless and street-present young people, for whom his is a fierce advocate. His reputation for insight into issues on the street and his capacity to build strong working relationships across a range of sectors makes him a leader with integrity, innovation, compassion and a determined approach to the rights and responsibilities of young people. Esben leads a team of street-based youth workers who link homeless and at risk young people to the assistance they need, and is making practical changes through the re-vamped Street Connect bus which has refocused on the older target group. He also participates in fundraising activities, community public speaking and works as an impartial grievance officer at Anglicare WA.
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