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Tender Award date changed

The anticipated Award date for the Family Care Support Tender Request (CPF2017-6604); Family Support Network Lead Agency Tender Request (CPF2017-6607); and the Intensive Family Support Service Tender Request (CPF2017-6606), have been changed from Thursday 1 February, to Friday 1 June. As a result of this change, letters were emailed to current service providers to extend service agreements until Friday 31 August, which includes a three-month period for new service providers to commence service provision, and provide notice to current providers that will have service agreements ceasing.  

WACOSS Emerging Issues Survey 

The Emerging Issues Forum is a strategic event for community sector leaders, to identify and analyse the economic, political, and social trends within our community, and changes to the funding and operating environment. The forum will inform the strategic service planning needs of community service providers into the future. We invite you to complete the survey, which will provide WACOSS with an understanding of trends that are impacting the sector and communities we serve. 

Nominations open for Community Services Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the Community Services Excellence Awards. The awards are an opportunity to pause and applaud the work of the sector, and those who work to assist people experiencing adversity and disadvantage. There are six organisational categories, and two individual categories. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 2 May, in conjunction with the Making Place WACOSS 2018 conference.  


Early bird conference pricing ending

The Making PLACE WACOSS 2018 conference is shaping up to be a dynamic event, and a professional development opportunity not to be missed. Early bird pricing must end on Friday 16 February. Save nearly $100 on your conference ticket, register to attend today.  

Natural Disaster Resilience Workshops explainer video

Why are social service organisations best placed to help communities in the event of a natural disaster? Workshop facilitator Stuart Reid explains the vital role organisations play, to help their communities bounce bank in the wake of a disaster. Workshops are being rolled out across WA, and include regional and metro sessions in February and March. Bookings can be made here.

Conference subsidies still available for regional & metro organisations

Financial assistance is still available for metro and regional not-for-profit organisations to attend the Making Place conference, thanks to Lotterywest funding. Subsidies can contribute to the cost of attending, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Subsidies won't last long. Don't miss out, apply for a subsidy today.

Sector News

DropIN Solutions' latest work

DropIN Solutions recently designed the ME/CFS and Lyme Association of WA Annual Report. The organisation is committed to seeing improved understanding of these illnesses, more research into its causes and treatment, and better services and care for those affected. DropIN Solutions is a WACOSS social enterprise committed to helping community organisations achieve more through marketing and design.

Indigenous employment opportunities with AEC

The Australian Electoral Commission is working on an Indigenous Employment Strategy, to improve employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to work at the next federal election. There will be a range of temporary employment opportunities available. There is also opportunity to work in an outpost centre in Perth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, and Bunbury. The AEC are looking for people of all different skill sets. For more information email: or phone 08 6363 8025.

Rainbow KINection on Noongar Radio

Rainbow KINection is a Noongar Radio show  supporting and celebrating the LGBTIQAP community. The show is always looking for organisations who provide services to the LGBTIQAP community, to feature on the program. Interested organisations can come down to the studio to record a program on an issue of importance for the LGBTIQAP community. For more info get in touch with the hosts via their Facebook page.

Accessible Housing Survey

The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) are conducting a survey to identify the any difficulties in finding livable housing, the cost and benefit to Australian Society in providing livable features in all new housing, and the features that should be in a livable standard for all new housing. Responses will contribute to the National Dialogue for Universal Housing Design's goal that all new homes will be of an agreed livable design standard by 2020.

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.

Job opportunity: Hedland Collective Coordinator

The Hedland Collective is a new, innovative effort in Hedland to improve collaboration between community services, local companies, local and state government on key local priorities. The Coordinator will be responsible for fostering communication and collaboration among partners, maintaining, updating, and tracking progress on the strategy and action plan, acting as external spokesperson, ambassador, and connector for the Collective.

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 30sqm 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.

Sector Training & Events

WACOSS training in Pilbara

Thanks to the support of Lotterywest, Pilbara Development Commission, and Natural Disaster Resilience Program, 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. 

Presentation: Introduction to Disability Awareness

YMCA WA Youth Mentor Summit will present a session introducing disability awareness, which will cover person-centred perspectives, an introduction to positive behaviour support principles - approaches to managing challenging behaviour, types of disability as a signpost to how to best support, such as autism, intellectual disability, and anxiety disorders, questions and discussion. The session will be facilitated by Jane Ogilvie from the Disability Services Commission.

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.

Workshop: Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) uses compassionate mind training to help develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing via compassio and self-compassion. The two-day workshop for clinicians, mental health practitioners, and the mental health workforce, will feature international speakers, and teach practitioners how to support clients experiencing distress associated with hearing voices and other perceptual experiences. The Richmond Wellbeing Centre workshop is on 13-14 March, and pricing ranges from $495 to $575.

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.

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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