14 February 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Community Resource Centres facing funding cuts

Community Resource Centres facing funding cuts
Linkwest, the peak body for Community Resource Centres (CRCs) and Neighbourhood Centres in WA, is calling for a comprehensive review, prior to a forecast budget cut of 40 per cent to the CRC network in 2019/20, dropping funding from $13 million to $8 million. Linkwest is opposed to forecast funding cuts. There is concern with the short period of time left to conduct the review, and in many towns, a concern that the local CRC is the only service available to people where many have no computer, limited internet access, or limited digital literacy.
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  Sector Headlines   

Perth-based Aboriginal in-Home Support Service established  

A support service has been awarded to an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Consortium, Wungening Moort. The consortium comprises a range of services, experienced in FDV, homelessness, health, parenting, and education.

Supporting Communities Consultation 

The Department of Communities is developing the Supporting Communities Program, which seeks to create connected, inclusive, healthy communities. What helps us feel connected to community? What would help strengthen it? Feel free to share the poll with staff, service users, and other stakeholders.

Department of Communities New Organisational Structure

A new organisational structure of the Department has been designed to support growth and evolution. Comprising seven streams, each led by an Assistant Director General, each stream has accountabilities but shared responsibility for working collaboratively, as one team, to achieve our overall purpose and outcomes.

Managing Volunteers with Police Records  

Do you manage volunteers with police records? Volunteering WA wants to hear from you. Share your experiences via the survey for researchers to gather an understanding on how to approach potential volunteers with police records, following a predicted increase in conditional release orders, which recommend in some instances, volunteering as an alternative to fines. 

YACWA introduces Youth Pride Network

The Youth Council is seeking 12-25 year olds who identify as LGBTIQA+ to apply for the Youth Pride Network. The group will focus on systemic advocacy, tackling issues like homelessness, mental health, unfair laws, safety in schools, and discrimination within the community.

How family law services can help kids when parents separate - study

The Australian Institute of Family Studies are looking for young participants aged 10-17 (with their parent) to talk about their experiences. Research will contribute to the Children and Young People in Separated Families project.

Volunteer Week Grants available from Volunteering WA

Funding from Lotterywest has made available grants up to $1,000 each, to organise an event which recognises volunteers during National Volunteer Week from 21-27 May 2018. Funding might be used for event promotion, publicity, Volunteer Week Merchandise, entertainment, food, or non-alcoholic beverages.

New resources from Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR)

A new handbook has been released by the AIDR, providing national guidance on principles and and practices for disaster resilience. A useful resource for community services, the handbook emphasises the importance of best practice planning tailored to the community.
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  Sector Training and Events

20 FEB | Introduction to Disability Awareness
YMCA WA - Leederville  - Free
20 FEB | Working with Complicated Grief
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
21 FEB | How to Overcome Addiction
Paris Mitchell - Telethon Speech and Hearing, Wembley  - $55
27 FEB | Dangerous Liaisons - friend or friendly?
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
27 FEB | Evaluation strategies for systems change
Social Impact Measurement - Perth  - $0 - $15
1 MAR | ARTReach Exhibition Launch - A Showcase of Client Artwork
St Partrick's Community Centre - Fremantle  - Free
2 MAR | Gender Equity Insights 2018: Inside Australia's Gender Pay Gap
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre/Workpalce Gender Equality Series - Perth  - $79
5-22 MAR | Alternatives to Suicide Program
MercyCare - Various locations across Perth  - Free-$450
10 MAR | International Women's Day Symposium - Women As We Age
South West Women's Health and Information Centre - Bunbury  - $70
13-16 MAR | Mooditj Leader Training
Sexual Health Quarters - Leederville  - $595 (negotiable - contact SHQ for more)
13 MAR | Lotterywest Grant Information Session
Lotterywest - Subiaco  - Free
20 MAR | World Social Work Day Breakfast
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Leederville  - $30-$35
20-21 MAR | WA Network of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies Conference
WANADA - Perth  - From $480

  Job Opportunities

Policy/Senior Policy Officer
ShelterWA - applications closing Monday 26 February 2018 
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  Special Offers

Not-for-profit office space Oasis Lotteries House, Nedlands

Reasonable rates, great location with parking and like minded neighbours. Two tenancies available in Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Road.
Contact the Oasis Building Manager at

Office Space for not-for-profit in Joondalup

Kira Community Services has a new office to share, 2km from Joondalup CBD, with a shared kitchen, bathrooms, meeting and training space, and two parking bays.
Contact Vik Jeyakumar at
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