- Must show evidence of how stakeholders have worked in partnership to achieve an extraordinary outcome for the community of Greater Western Sydney.
- Must provide evidence of the positive impact this project has achieved in Greater Western Sydney, within a specific LGA.
*Arrupe Place - Jesuit Refugee Service Open or Close
Arrupe Place is the first collaborative project in Parramatta to provide a safe and welcoming space for people seeking asylum. Asylum seekers can drop in to the cottage, provided by the Sisters of Mercy to receive services delivered by eight partner services including legal advice, financial assistance, and access to case workers, English classes, home visits, cooking classes, food provision and a sense of community.
The success of Arrupe Place is due to the partnership between eight organisations that joined forces to assist some of the most vulnerable in our community, asylum seekers. The different missions, values and specialist skills these partners have come together to achieve one common goal: to provide a safe and welcoming space for asylum seekers that assists them to increase their self-sufficiency and live with dignity whilst waiting for their claims for protection to be assessed.
Blue Mountains Domestic Squalor & Hoarding Working Group Open or Close
Blue Mountains Council staff, Government agencies and local community organisations have identified as an important issue the problem of squalor affecting the lives of Blue Mountains residents. In particular this issue affects the frail aged, people with disabilities and people living with or recovering from a mental illness. In February 2009, Councils Aged and Disability Services Development Officer convened a Working Party in partnership with key services in the Blue Mountains to develop a strategic plan of action to better deal with these complex cases.
This strategic plan of action resulted in a Domestic Squalor Information Package for residents being developed. This Information Package has assisted residents, services and Council to firstly identify what constitutes as squalor and the necessary resources available to assist Council staff, Government agencies and local community organisations working with Blue Mountains residents
Celebrating Cultural Experiences Open or Close
Celebrating Cultural Experiences is a community cultural awareness event showcasing celebrations from target communities in the Hills Shire, for example Diwali for the Indian community. There will be around 4 - 6 different communities represented on the day with participants moving from one station to another to see the displays and participate in activities.
Connect to Work Project Open or Close
The Connect to Work project provides free employment assistance to recently arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in the Auburn Local Government Area. Every Wednesday and Thursday Bosa Jerkovic, a skilled employment advisor, provides free help with resumes, job search, selection criteria and practice interviews from the Auburn Library and Berala Community Centre.
The program, a partnership between Auburn Small Community Organisation Network, MTC Australia and Auburn City Council is an example of community organisations and local government combining resources to deliver a much needed unique service with outcomes for the local community.
Cultural Connect Project Open or Close
Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre has been running the Cultural Connect Playgroups in partnership with Mission Australia on a weekly basis for the past two years. They operate out of two locations, Liverpool and Busby. The playgroups support migrant and refugee families with children aged 0-5 years of age, families from small emerging communities and extended family members.
The grass roots level support offered aims to increase the engagement of vulnerable families into a coordinated service network, transition families through a playgroup continuum, ensure early intervention by specialist services where developmental concerns have been identified and support improved parenting practices.
Finding My Place Open or Close
Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections and Sydney Community Foundation are working together to improve the life of women and their families in the local community by running a Place Based Program in Warwick Farm. This program has had a huge impact on women and the local community.
Together they have been able to provide the community of Warwick Farm the opportunity to participate in innovative programs and youth projects as well as providing access to TAFE scholarships and work and training via our social enterprises. Without the support and funding from Sydney Community Foundation these programs would not have been able to make the difference they have to the local community.
FOCUS Lalor Park Open or Close
FOCUS Lalor Park is a unique collaboration of stakeholders who have learned and experienced what so many partnership groups and interagency committees fail to create, the ability to trust one another and to work together for community empowerment and improvement.
The formation of FOCUS, which began as the T12 in 2012 and evolved into a much larger and focused group, was the cornerstone of the Building Trust in Community: The Trust Bus Project. It was a very deliberate strategy to bring community leaders, business, residents, schools, churches, government and service providers together with a common purpose.
Holroyd City Council and Our Lady of Lebanon Open or Close
The partnership created between Holroyd City Council and the volunteers of the Seniors Committee of Our Lady of Lebanon (OLOL) parish has enabled members of the community to access services to improve their quality of life. Our Lady of Lebanon (OLOL) is the largest Maronite Catholic Parish in Australia and Holroyd Council Aged and Disability team specifically worked with OLOL senior’s committee to ensure access to the Stepping On Program.
This partnership approach, targeting residents living at home and who had fallen or were fearful of falling, enabled high risk Arabic speaking older residents to access an evidence-based falls prevention program.
Library & myGov Information Sessions Open or Close
The 'Library & myGov Information Sessions' are delivered to CALD communities in the Blacktown LGA. This project, which is unique to the area, is a collaborative project between Blacktown City Libraries, Department of Human Services - Blacktown Service Centre and MTC Australia.
This project has seen over 80 vulnerable clients educated and supported to register for myGov and Library Services which will make their settlement journey easier and less stressful. Identifying vulnerable individuals with minimal computer skills is key to the success of this tailored service, delivered in a series of three intensive workshop sessions on a 6 weekly cycle.
Newleaf Communities/Bonnyrigg Public School Open or Close
Located in the Western Sydney suburb of Bonnyrigg, the Newleaf estate is home to over 1,500 social housing residents, and a number of private renters and home owners. Both Newleaf Communities (managed by St George Community Housing) and Bonnyrigg Public School provide a range of services to the estate’s residents.
In March, a partnership was formed to help build a vibrant and healthy neighbourhood. As part of this a number of programs, activities and events have been coordinated which have delivered positive outcomes not just for the students, but for the broader Bonnyrigg community.
Paint the Blue REaD - Reading Week 2015 Open or Close
Paint the Blue REaD (PTBR) encourages everyone in the community to share stories, rhymes and play with children every single day from birth, so that they will be ready for reading and writing when they start school. PTBR is auspiced by Mountains Outreach Community Service (MOCS) and is a project of the Stronger Families Alliance. PTBR is part of a national network of Paint the Town REaD projects.
Billy Booksie and his sister Billie are the mascots for Paint the Blue REaD (PTBR). They travel around the Blue Mountains having lots of fun while spreading the word about the importance of early literacy.
Pathway Opportunities for Youth Open or Close
The Pathway Opportunities for Youth project targets young people aged 15 to 18 years of age who have disengaged from education. It is a partnership between MECA, TAFE Western Sydney Institute and Chifley College.
The project has three key components:
To get young people to re-engage with school
To provide pathways for young people to find employment
To get young people engaged into vocational education.
Penrith Homelessness Summit Open or Close
Penrith City Council has responded to the challenge of addressing local homelessness and has initiated and coordinated a number of strategies to provide support to people who are homeless and the services that work with homeless people.
The council’s initiative comprises of the development of an organisational Protocol for Service Delivery to People Experiencing Homelessness in addition to the Penrith Homelessness Summit. An action plan has also been implemented which includes the establishment of the Penrith Homelessness Interagency, the coordination of the Penrith Homelessness Outreach Service Hubs and the development of a service information resource card that assists people in accessing essential support services.
The CALD Project Open or Close
This partnership between Partners in Recovery (PIR) & Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) addresses system gaps and builds capacity to improve service responses for people with mental illness from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, particularly those from refugee or humanitarian backgrounds.
The partnership strengthens the coordination of client case management plans between caseworkers at Liverpool MRC and GPs at medical practices for better community-clinical partnerships and integrated health outcomes. The strong connection that Liverpool MRC has with CALD communities in Liverpool LGA enables it to advise and collaborate with PIR regarding how to best support those who are suffering from mental illness.
The Festival of All Abilities Open or Close
The Festival of All Abilities (FOAA) is a program of interactive and thought provoking activities, events and associated resources, culminating in Social Inclusion Week and International Day for People with Disability.
FOAA advocates for:
An end to disability discrimination;
To address the social isolation of seniors, people with disability and carers
The provision of accessible infrastructure, services and facilities in our community