28 March 2018
WACOSS Sector eNews


Community Resource Centres are the answer

Community Resource Centres are the answer
Linkwest, the peak body for Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres (CRCs) in Western Australia, is struggling to keep community resource centres alive, with funding cuts by more than 40 per cent, flagged for 2019.
Linkwest, along with the CRCs, are campaigning against the funding cuts, which would see a removal of services to many people located in regional and remote areas, where CRCs are valuable in contributing to businesses, visitors, and local people.
The centres are largely community-led, many with their own own management committees, and programs provided are grassroots - centred around the needs of the community. The Chairman of the York CRC referred to their centre as "the glue that holds the community together".

The funding cuts will disadvantage regional communities, reducing the resources available, affecting access many people have to services. 

To show your support for CRCs, follow the Facebook page 'CRCs are the Answer', and use the advocacy tool CRCs are the Answer, and get behind the work of the Western Australian Community Resource Network. 

Download the advocacy tool


  Sector Headlines   

Trans Homelessness Initiative in City of Vincent

The City of Vincent, in partnership with Perth Inner City Youth Service, TransFolk of WA, and ConnectGroups, has launched a new project tackling the issue of homelessness. The project aims to develop referral pathways for homeless trans people in WA and to promote local peer support. As part of the project, Perth Inner City Youth Services will be developing a new drop-in centre that specifically welcomes transgender and gender diverse people, called ‘Base Camp aGender’.

Water Project completed in Mingullatharndo Community

Thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Infrastructure Fund, a new energy and water project has opened in the Mingullatharndo Community in the Pilbara. The new facility includes membrane technology water treatment plant and solar diesel hybrid power system with battery storage. A pilot for other WA Aboriginal Communities, the system will provide the community's potable water supply and 80 per cent of its power.

UnitingCare West Partnership Guide

In the current environment, community services throughout the state are looking at ways to provide better services and outcomes for the communities they serve. Partnership, collaboration, and mergers are options to consider. UnitingCare West has designed a very practical guide that can help your organisations critical thinking and decision making.

Cuts to support system leave people seeking asylum in destitution

ACOSS have joined with the Refugee Council of Australia in condemming the latest government move to completely cut income support for those who need it the most. An alliance of nearly 100 civil society organisations are calling on the government to reverse their position to cut support for people seeking asylum from 1 April 2018.

Anglicare report on  The Cost of Privilege shows tax system unfair

A report from Anglicare Australia has shown that each year, $68 billion of taxpayer money is spent on keeping the wealthiest households wealthy - greater than the cost of Newstart, disability support, or any other benefit.

Contributions invited for WA LGBTI Health Strategy

Community consultation is being sought for the development of the WA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Health Strategy, which will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people.

New Respite House in Hedland

The new Respite House in Hedland has been opened. The Pilbara Retreat is a respite facility for people with disabilities, their carers, and families. Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) will be managing the facility and respite service in Hedland on behalf of the Disability Services Commission.

UnionsWA Work, Pay, and Conditions Survey 2018

UnionsWA is currently running a survey on work, pay, and conditions to gather information that will help shape some of the bigger campaigns, such as #Changetherules and the state wage case.

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

Justice for Refugees is holding the annual Palm Sunday gathering to demonstrate a united movement of people and organisations who are calling for justice and dignity for refugees and for people seeking asylum.

Young people sought for research on communication in adolescence

Research focuses on the way teenagers with and without language difficulties communicate across different tasks at home, school, and in the community. Teenagers aged 12-15 are sought, and will receive a movie voucher for their time.

Social Innovation invites WA not-for-profits to free innovation training

The program is designed to help your team learn and ultimately grow the organisation from within by developing innovation skills, and aims to build on relationships within an organisation for the future longevity and growth of the organisation. To enquire email
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  Sector Training and Events

4-5 APR | Educational Leader Development Forum Series
Child Australia - Belmont  - $499
4 APR | Developing Cultural Competence
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
6 APR | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
6 APR | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
10 APR | Webinar: Preparing for Assessment and Rating – The Process
Child Australia - Online  - $19
10 APR | Programming & Planning Creating Meaningful Links (1 of 2)
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
11-13 APR | Workshop - People Management
Anglicare WA - Perth  - $575
12 APR | Where The Wild Things Are – A Master Class with Claire Orange
Child Australia - Belmont  - $89
12 APR | Networking night: Risks & Returns Successes and Challenges
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - $0-$20
13 APR | Future of Work in Australia: Preparing for tomorrow's world
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre - Perth  - $29-$59
18 APR | Impact of Trauma
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
18 APR | Theorists to Enhance Practice: Critical and Post-Structuralist
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
18 APR | Mental Health Social Workers & Private Practice Networking Night
Australian Association of Social Workers WA - West Perth  - $0-$20
19 APR | Workshop - Responding to Challenging Behaviours
Anglicare WA - East Perth  - $240
19 APR | Quality Improvement through Critical Reflection
Child Australia - Belmont  - $69
17-19 APR | Workshop - Engaging with Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal Insights - TBC  - $250 + GST
8 MAY | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
15 MAY | Recognising and Responding to Amphetamine Intoxication / Toxicity & Opioid Overdose
Mission Australia - Newman  - Free
1 JUN | Workshop: WWC checks and Child Safety Made Simple
Department of Communities - East Perth  - Free
28 MAY - 1 JUN | Workshops - Alternatives to Violence
Bloodwood Tree - South Hedland  - Free - Email

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