Advocacy continues for greater investment in Care Economy
The pandemic exposed the critical role of frontline health and social services in caring for our community in our hour of need. This industry is the largest employer in WA, particularly for women, and is projected to grow faster than any other sector over the next five years, offering good jobs and careers for young workers. Care work has a crucial role to play in our social and economic recovery, and OECD modelling shows that investment in care is the most effective form of economic stimulus.
WACOSS continues to highlight the critical role of the Community Service Sector and the positive impact investment will have on health, wellbeing and the economy in all our senior policy and strategy meetings with central Government agencies and Ministers. Consulting closely with the sector we have developed priorities to build back better - read our State Recovery Plan and recommendations.
It is really pleasing to see WACOSS members getting behind our recovery recommendations, taking initiative and putting their hearts and own resources into initiatives to respond to this unprecedented crisis and ensure no-one is left behind.
Anglicare WA has prepared an excellent 2 page summary on Investing in the Care Economy.
Delivering Community Services in Partnership Working Group
The DCSP Working Group held their first meeting earlier this month. WACOSS, in collaboration with other peak bodies, have been advocating to establish a mechanism to engage across State Government, in order to improve the implementation of the DCSP policy. The Working Group is to engage both sectors in shared responsibility, to ensure effective implementation of the intent of the DCSP policy. Collectively we all recognise the need for a quality community service system that can sustainably meet the needs of Western Australians, and that effective implementation of the DCSP can help achieve our common objective. In the first meeting John Bouffler, Executive Director, Community Employers WA was appointed co-chair, and the group identified the need to develop a clear work plan and the need to develop a clear connection with the Supporting Communities Forum and Outcomes Framework. The Terms of Reference were reviewed and will be made available soon by the Department of Finance. The group recognised the need to expand the membership to include greater representation from regional WA and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, and are investigating additional members.
Participate in consultation on the WA Digital Inclusion Blueprint
Community organisations are invited to provide feedback on the draft WA Digital Inclusion Blueprint currently being developed by the Office of Digital Government, Western Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Blueprint progresses the Government’s commitment to improving digital inclusion in Western Australia, empowering all members of the community to confidently and safely enjoy the benefits of digital technology in everyday life. Access the draft Blueprint and information about how to provide feedback, and complete the online survey or return a printed version of the survey. Survey responses are required by Friday 18 September 2020.
The Shopfront moves from Maylands to Bentley
The shopfront provides donations of food and goods, blankets, clothing, toiletries, and is a drop-in and referral centre. The Shopfront recently moved to a new location at 59 John Street, Bentley, just 140 metres from the Welshpool station. Download their brochure for more information.
Markyt Community Resilience Scorecard
The Community Resilience Scorecard was undertaken for the DLGSC with support from LG Professionals WA, to empower state and local government leaders with state-wide, local data to respond, recover and thrive. Data was collected between 5-8 July, and the final Community Resilience Scorecard Report released in early August, which can be read alongside the webinar launch video.
eConnect Space - new free service at State Library of WA
The State Library of Western Australia's new service, eConnect Space, can support members of the public to find information and services online, and offers public computers, free WiFi, access to interpreters, and a staff member on hand to help people navigate Government websites, create email addresses, or search and apply for jobs online; help with uploading/downloading, printing, or submitting online forms; and guide people through the setting up of online accounts such as MyGov. Read more about the eConnect Space and the services available to help people navigate the digital world.