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WACOSS Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

You have the opportunity to be part in the WACOSS Conference Making PLACE in May. Sponsorship opportunities start from $800 + GST, and scale up to Platinum Sponsorship packages, for $25,000 + GST. Sponsorship offers you great visibility, promotion of your brand, and an opportunity to showcase your support for WACOSS and the sector. As a sponsor you will be supporting and investing in the positive development of the community services sector in WA, and the sustainability of the local community. 

WACOSS DropIN Solutions

New Year, new projects. New achievements but same budget. DropIN Solutions is here for you. DropIN Solutions understands the needs of the sector, and can help your community services organisation achieve more. DropIN Solutions can provide professional graphic design and marketing solutions within your budget. WACOSS members receive a 10% discount on any quote. 

Pre-Budget Submission feedback sought

WACOSS continually strives to improve our work with the sector. We are currently seeking feedback on the Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) launched in October 2017. Feedback will help inform future submissions, and assist our Emerging Issues Forum in 2018. A copy of the PBS can be accessed here


Natural Disaster Resilience Training

Natural Disaster Resilience Training continues to be rolled out across WA. Designed to equip community service organisations with disaster preparedness, the workshops will help organisations bounce back, to be able to provide essential services quickly, after a natural disaster hits. Funded by a national grant, training will be held in Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Esperance, Northam, Geraldton, and metro Perth in February, and in the Pilbara in March.  

Register for the Making PLACE conference today

With a number of speakers already announced for the biennial conference in May, the Making PLACE conference is shaping up to be a fantastic event, and a professional development opportunity not to be missed. Registrations are open, and early bird pricing won't last. Make a saving of nearly $100 by booking your conference ticket by 5pm, Friday 16 February. 

Subsidies available for regional and metro organisations 

Thanks for a grant from Lotterywest, WACOSS is able to offer  financial assistance to metropolitan and regional not-for-profit organisations to assist with attendance to the Making PLACE Conference in May. Limited subsidies are available, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss out, apply for your subsidy today.

Sector News

WA Gov seek comment on Methamphetamine use in WA

The WA Government are seeking comment on the impacts of methamphetamine use in WA. As part of a wider Taskforce, members of the community, as well as individuals and families directly affected, health service providers, community workers and business owners, are invited to contribute views. Comment is open until Friday 16 March.

NFP offices in West Perth

City West Lotteries House in West Perth has prime office space available for not-for-profits to lease. It's a community-focused office with communal kitchenettes, toilets and showers, meeting rooms and conference room. Offices are available ranging in size from 15sqm to 70sqm, suitable for small to medium sized NFPs. Casual office space is also available for hire for regular and ad hoc business activities, short term projects and temporary office accommodation. Contact Tricia Slee, Executive Officer, or phone 08 9420 7235 for more information.

Shape the future of local government in WA

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has released a consultation paper seeking views on the future of local government as public consultation for the review of the Local Government Act commences. The paper seeks comment on councillor conduct, local government transparency, and accountability and accessibility of information through the use of technology. Workshops will follow to enable more people to have their say.

Resource: Addressing Financial Abuse

A Financial Abuse research report released by Women's Council and specifically about WA, has found that financial abuse, a common but often difficult to detect element of domestic violence, represents an area that goes unaddressed through lack of education or access to resources. This resource is designed for survivors of domestic and family violence, to help them identify and provide support for those experiencing financial abuse, and includes examples and strategies.

Fundraiser: Funds for Freedom

Women's Council for Family and Domestic Violence Services is holding a movie fundraiser for Funds for Freedom, screening Molly's Game at the Cinema Paradiso, Sunday 4 February. $25 admission includes a lolly bag and raffle ticket. Funds for Freedom supports women and children to live a life free from domestic and family violence, and money raised will give women and children the opportunity to make a fresh start after fleeing their homes from FDV.

Sector Training & Events

WACOSS training in Pilbara

Thanks to the support of Lotterywest, Pilbara Development Commission, and Natural Disaster Resilience Program, the Disaster Resilience workshops will commence in March. Based on additional feedback from the Pilbara's community sector, there will be an opportunity to partake in either two half-day workshops on Governance and Collaboration, or a full-day Grant Writing workshop on Friday 23 March in Newman. If you're interested, take the survey below to identify which training you would prefer to attend, and WACOSS will confirm the preferred workshop themes in early February. 

Wandering Mission Reunion in Williams

A Wandering Mission reunion will be held this weekend in Williams, between 10:30am to 4:00pm, at Williams Sport Pavilion, Albany Highway Williams. There will be events, a BBQ, children's art activities, dance, and an update on the Wandering Mission redevelopment project. Organised by Janet Hansen Abdullah, a member of the Bringing Them Home (BTH) leadership group.

Networking night: Mental Health social workers

The AASW is holding a networking night on Tuesday 30 January for Mental Health social workers and social workers involved in private practice, and will include discussions on issues related to Mental Health social work and working in private practice. Free for members, rural members can join in the free webinar - email the WA branch for your webinar link.

PHAA offering Advocacy Course scholarship

The Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) WA is offering a scholarship for an upcoming Advocacy Short Course. The scholarship is aimed especially at practitioners, researchers, and policy actors who do not have an existing specialism in the advocacy field but who may have a new responsibility or interest in the integration of advocacy into planning, projects and policy. Applicants must be an individual member of the PHAA, living and working in WA, and available to attend the course between 12-16 March. Applications close Friday 2 February.

Seminar: Working with Fathers and Families

The Australian Association of Social Workers WA branch is holding a seminar on Working with Fathers and Families, exploring the important role fathers have in family services, and how programs can engage and support this. The practical seminar will give participants child-centred resources and tools to work effectively with men and families. The session will be presented by Dr Joseph Fleming, a social work specialist with more than 20 years experience in regional areas of WA and the NT.
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