Exceptional Community Business Partnership
As community organisations look towards new and creative solutions to societal issues, they are increasingly entering exciting new partnerships with businesses to achieve great outcomes. this award category is designed to recognise the great work of these partnerships in addressing the needs of communities Greater Western Sydney
Below are our nominees for the 2017 ZEST Award for Exceptional Community Business Partnership:
MTC & AFRA Furniture Removal Program – Winner
MTC Australia recognises that a key elements of successful employment programs is engagement with local Businesses and Industry Associations. At a meeting with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) Board members (Employers), we identified several job vacancies for Furniture Removers, Truck Drivers and Packing and unpacking personnel. The industry required men and women with Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills and Certificate II in Furniture Removal. Working with Applied Training Solution (RTO), Metro Assist (Migrant Resources Centre), Settlement Services International and Job Active providers a pilot program was developed for Syrian refugees that linked training to work experience and jobs with local Furniture Removal Businesses.
Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc. – Highly Commended
Taste Cultural Food Tours Inc (TCFTI) is a social enterprise business which builds strong social connections and cross-cultural understanding by bringing the community together through unique food tours. TCFTI employ and train local people to run tours of quality family owned cultural food businesses, often is areas that suffer stigma and disadvantage. TCFTI offer six food tours in Western Sydney in partnership with 42 small business. This is key to the success of the Taste Tours program. The businesses are the face of Western Sydney, offering their food and their stories, making people feel safe and welcome in their shops.
Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate
The vision of Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate is the ‘Social Inclusion’ of Children with Special Needs and their Families. Through increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of children with disability and their families the aim of the project was to ensure families of children with special needs feel included and valued. It was about connecting local communities, businesses, family and friends to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves. The Project provided opportunity for collaboration between the business community and the community sector in raising awareness of the experiences of families with disabled children when out shopping or accessing services.
Navitas, LMA Partnership
Navitas has assisted the Lebanese Muslim Association to deliver outreach services to support for migrant and refugee youth in their transition into the Australian community. This partnership was established with a holistic focus on newly arrived migrant and refugee youth as well as youth who are considered at risk or disconnected from their community, in safe spaces that support them to be independent, confident, secure and most importantly, feel at home. Underscoring this is the fact through this partnership we are capable of creatively responding to challenges, and support should be driven by the community including young people, for the community.
Paint Liverpool REaD team
Paint Liverpool REaD team, has taken the Paint the Town REaD strategy of placing boxes with second hand children’s books around the community to a new level. Through partnerships between Westfield, Health, the Police, as well as the other businesses there is currently 22 book boxes all around Liverpool including all over Liverpool hospital (including children’s ward, emergency ward and baby clinics), within Liverpool Westfields. Play sessions with GoGo (the Paint Liverpool ReaD mascot) within the main parenting room in Westfields once a month. There is also a box at Liverpool Police Station.
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