Wednesday 12 August 2020

Renna and Keira, members of the Community Advisory Group from the 100 Families WA project, have generously shared their experiences in the first of a video series that unpacks tough questions about hardship and disadvantage. Listen to their experiences, and learn about some of the findings coming from the project.

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Earlier this week we let you know about how we are working in partnership with the Peaks forum, the Department of Communities, and with Lotterywest, to expand the reach of our online community service directory WAConnect. As a sector, it's important that we use the tools that we have so that when an emergency strikes - whether COVID-19 or otherwise - we are able to connect services to people in immediate need, and we can map services by location, and identify service gaps.

I encourage all service providers to follow the steps to register an account with WAConnect, which only takes 15 minutes, and then to complete the data exchange survey - which will be shared across the community and government sectors. 

We were pleased to receive positive feedback from the Pilbara this week. Celeste Stephens is the WACOSS Pilbara Manager, and leads the Pilbara Project which is supported by Lotterywest and the Pilbara Development Commission. In a survey of our stakeholders in the Pilbara, overwhelmingly they felt that the Pilbara's advocacy representation had substantially improved (61.9%) and that communication with stakeholders and information sharing had substantially improved (59%) since having a Manager in the region. This is incredibly positive feedback, and I invite you to explore some of the comments in the infographic that explains more of the feedback. We look forward to continuing to work with our Pilbara colleagues and peers to achieve better outcomes for people in hardship and disadvantage in the region. 

Yours sincerely,

Louise Giolitto
Chief Executive Officer

COVID-19 Update #36

Later this week we will share some updated information and resources with you, so that we can be prepared for any future changes to the COVID-19 situation in WA.

In the meantime, stay up-to-date on all COVID-19 health matters via the WA Government Coronavirus webpage. Community service organisations can visit the WACOSS Community Services COVID-19 resources page on the website for resources and information relevant to the sector. 

Helping children and young people to make complaints

The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA has been appointed by the National Office for Child Safety within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop resources for children and young people explaining their right to speak up when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or marginalised, and outlining the steps they can take to raise their concerns or make complaints within organisations.

As part of this project, the Commissioner will also develop a guide to help adults to talk about the resources with children and young people in their lives, communities and organisations.

The Commissioner's team would like to hear from children and young people and adults that play a significant role in the lives of children (parents, carers, coaches, teachers, police, youth/community workers, faith leaders, etc.) from across Australia. There are a number of ways to take part – online surveys, a downloadable worksheet, and information on focus groups are all available on the Commissioner’s website.

Federal Budget submissions close Monday 24 August

The deadline for Federal Budget submissions is Monday 24 August. The Australian Council of Social Service submission will draw on advocacy positions outlined in a series of Covid-19 Recovery Briefing papers. If you have a major budget ask not covered that you think ACOSS should consider, contact Deputy CEO Jacqueline Phillips via [email protected].

Need help with your Annual Report? Get 10% off from DropIN

DropIN Solutions is a WACOSS social enterprise focused on providing professional graphic design, web and IT solutions, and marketing services for community service organisations. If you're working on your Annual Report and you would like it to be professionally designed to highlight your work, then this is the right time to contact the DropIN Solutions team. Get 10% discount on all projects related to the design of reports, publications, brochures, flyers and booklets until the end of August. Email Jaime at [email protected] or call 08 6381 5300 and explore the possibilities, while saving money. Check out the team's latest work.  

Community Sector represented at Consumer Protection Awards

Congratulations to Sharryn Jackson for receiving the Rona Okely award for her leadership of Community Legal WA and work contributing to long-term outcomes; and also to Indigo Junction, who received the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award for providing services to people facing crisis and disadvantage. Both Indigo Junction and Community Legal WA are WACOSS member organisations, and were among a strong group of finalists, which included the Financial Counselling Network, Tenancy WA, and the Wunan Foundation. Read more about the winners and finalists from the awards.

Ngala COVID-19 Family Life Study

Ngala is partnering with the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar for a world first international study - the COVID-19 Family Life Study - which explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on family life across the globe. Ngala will be spearheading the collection of Australian data, and has provided cultural recommendations and advice, to ensure the survey acknowledges Australia’s unique way of life and its response to the pandemic. The study is being conducted in 40 countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, and will collect in-depth information about the challenges faced by parents and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents of children between 0-18 years old are encouraged to take the anonymous 30 minute online survey, which asks questions about family life, overall wellbeing, relationships and coping strategies during COVID-19.

Mission Australia has released, Staying Home: A Youth Survey report on young people's experience of homelessness, which provides an insight into the experiences of young people who have experienced homelessness, and further creates understanding of the causes, patterns, system responses, and policy context of youth and family homelessness. The report offers a clearer understanding of how the experience of homelessness unfairly chips away at young people's lives, their wellbeing, and their futures.  

The Australian Government completed The JobKeeper Payment: Three-month review in June 2020, informed by the status of the Coronavirus outbreak and the economy. The review found that the JobKeeper Payment met its initial objectives: to support business and job survival, preserve employment relationships, and provide needed income support. However, it noted that the labour market remains weak, with a continued need for macroeconomic support. 

12 AUG | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Social isolation and wellbeing
WACOSS - Online - $ Free

13 AUG | Impacts of COVID-19 on International Students
ACOSS / The Group of Eight - Online - $ Free

14 AUG | Connecting to secure healthy food for all Western Australians: COVID-19 & Food Relief Prioritisation (Part 2)
WACOSS / Curtin University / Public Health Institute of WA - Online - $ Free

19 AUG | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Regional place-based recovery and community wealth building
WACOSS, Linkwest - Online - $ Free

19 AUG | Accidental Counsellor
Anglicare WA - Albany - $267

20 AUG | Raise the Rate Winter School (20, 27 August, 3 Sept)
Raise the Rate - Online - $ Free

21 AUG | 100 Families WA COVID-19 Findings
100 Families WA partners - Online and Face-to-face - $ Free

24-28 AUG | Youth Future (Virtual) Summit
Youth Futures - Online - $ Varies

26 AUG | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Energy and conservation
WACOSS, Conservation Council of WA, Shelter WA - Online - $ Free

31 AUG | Unite2020 Reboot - Digital Marking and Social Media Impact
Hancock Creative - Online - $ Pay what you want

1 SEP | Costing and pricing for community services training
Department of Finance, Funding and Contracting Services - Perth - $ free

2 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: Opportunities for justice reinvestment
WACOSS, Social Reinvestment WA - Online - $ Free

2 SEP | Wild Butterfly - charity movie screening and Q&A with Minister Simone McGurk
Phoenix Support and Advocacy Service Inc. - Belmont Cinemas - $23 + booking fee

9 SEP | Community Sector Recovery Webinar Series: The role of social enterprise, impact investment and co-operative
WACOSS, Impact Investment Alliance of WA, WA Social Enterprise Council, Impact Seed - Online - $ Free

15 SEP | Mental Health and AOD
WAAMH / Women's Council - West Perth - $150-$180

16-17 SEP | Reflective Supervision Workshop
Anglicare WA - Perth - $533

22 SEP | Tendering for Community Services
Department of Finance, Funding and Contracting Services - Osborne Park & Online - $ free

Service Delivery Manager
Zonta House - applications closing Friday 21 August

Program Manager - West Leederville
Kidsafe WA - applications closing Friday 28 August

Disability Services Social Worker - Stirling
Key Assets - applications closing ASAP

Family Engagement Facilitator - Derby
World Vision - applications closing ASAP

Prevent, Support, Heal - an initiative from WAAMH

The WA mental health system is currently oriented around crisis with public mental health services and Emergency Departments the major focus. These services deliver medical models of care, which alone do not achieve positive mental health outcomes for our communities. Download resources, share information, and sign the petition to support the Prevent Support Heal campaign, which is asking for election commitments from major parties to increase resourcing for prevention and innovative community support.

Creating an Australia Where All Children Can Thrive 

In striving to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people in Australia, we need to put children at the forefront of our minds in everyday decisions. The Valuing Children Initiative has a simple ask: that Australia has a Minister for children, Valuing Children Campaign, Annual Child Wellbeing Data, Systems Change, and a Children’s Alliance, so that children have a voice, are listened to, feel safe, and can grow. Download resources and join the campaign. 

Lotterywest Grants - applications and EOI now open

The Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund includes three grant programs:

The programs have been designed to provide support to eligible organisations to assist individuals experiencing hardship; communities wanting to reconnect; and organisations to become stronger for the future.

Prospective grant applicants should visit the Lotterywest website for further information and to consider how their proposal might fit with the criteria.

Lotterywest has made available a webinar recording about how the COVID-19 Relief Fund is evolving as needs of the WA community change during this time. Watch the webinar recording.

Agencies unite to curb DV

North West Telegraph, Saturday 29 July 2020

An alliance of family and domestic violence support agencies will seek to curb the scourge in the Pilbara with a new, unified approach. Continue reading article.

Extension welcome

The West Australian , Friday 31 July 2020

The six-month JobKeeper extension was welcomed by businesses in the South West last week despite fears of an eligibility crackdown. The Western Australian Council of Social Service slammed the JobSeeker reduction as misguided and cruel. WACOSS chief executive Louise Giolitto said the decision would force millions of Australians into poverty. “For no good reason the Government have significantly lowered support measures to people who are out of a job,” she said. Read the full article.

Join the Movement - Become a WACOSS Member 

COVID-19 has forced us to evolve in new and challenging ways, and as a sector we are faced with an extraordinary challenge. It's a challenge we cannot take on alone, and to effectively Build Back Better we need to ensure no one is left behind. Joining WACOSS is joining the growing movement of people and organisations who have an unwavering commitment to social justice. Help us to continue doing the important advocacy work that is needed. Become a member today.

Members can submit news and events for publication in each Sector News edition for free, and non-members for a nominal fee.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Ngala kaaditj Noongar Wadjuk moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja.

In the spirit of deepening relationship, we acknowledge Wadjuk Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which our metro office sits. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Western Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

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