- Must demonstrate evidence of how an extraordinary project within an organisation has achieved a powerful impact (with its target group) beyond the anticipated/planned outcomes predicted.
- Must provide evidence of the positive impact this project has achieved in Greater Western Sydney, within a locality or across the region.
*The HuB in Telopea Open or Close
The HuB in Telopea is a dynamic and innovative project enabling all members of the community to come together, learn new skills and participate in community life.
Key staff have taken the successful Men's Shed model and developed it into a practical whole-of-community space, with activities such as Men's and Women's Shed, D.I.Y Classes and programs for Young People, Dads and Kids and Mums and Kids.
Afghani Women Social Group Open or Close
The Afghani women's social group established by five women in 2013 now has more than 40 members. The group meets every week at Sydwest Multicultural Service to socialise, walk, exercise and share stories. The women attended living skill training such and craft activity, knitting, basic computer and English classes and 6 sessions on women's health and nutrition. They also actively participated in International Women's day and Harmony day events.
The project utilised an assets based community development approach drawing on the women’s strength, existing knowledge of their lives and, in spite of coming from a war torn country, recognised these women had potential to make a difference in their lives.
Aspire Role Models Open or Close
The Aspire Role Models aimed to improve the self-esteem and aspirations of Muslim students, and foster positive attitudes towards citizenship and greater social cohesion. Role models from the Muslim community presented a series of interactive presentations based on their own life journey. Three universal themes were emphasised throughout the presentations:
Inspiring young Muslim Australians
Challenging stereotypes and misconceptions of the Muslim community
Encouraging young Muslims to pursue a path of education
Blacktown Children's Centre / Supported Play Group Open or Close
The Supported Play Group at the Blacktown Children's Contact Centre is a remarkable new initiative that expands on the one-on-one supervision provided for separated parents allowing up to eight families to be supervised by three workers. It is a new and creative project that allows for children to spend time with their non-resident parent in a setting that is less restrictive and controlled while still safe and healthy.
The Supported Play Group allows for the reduction, in fact the abolition, of waiting times for supervised contact for those families in which it is deemed suitable and encourages a more fluid, open and communicative environment between the children and their parents as well as between the families involved.
Let's Dine Out Program Open or Close
Through entering agreements with individual establishments via a memorandum of understanding, Nepean Food Services runs a program encouraging seniors and people with a disability to access meals at restaurants, clubs, pubs and cafes by receiving $12 meals for the price of $6.60. Nepean Food Services also facilitates group luncheons at these establishments and, with the assistance of volunteers, offers the option of transport for participants from home to lunch and return - A rapidly growing program.
Nepean Food Services has seen the Let's Dine Out program really meet the increased desire for social support services in recent times. Especially through referrals from the 'My Aged Care Portal', the Let's Dine Out program encourages people to utilise the vouchers independently, with family and friends or socialise with a small group through the organisation.
RESPECT Project Open or Close
The RESPECT Program, coordinated by Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), involved weekly creative workshops in 5 local schools for boys in Years 5 and/or 6. The program focuses on Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention to Women and raising awareness around the White Ribbon Day campaign.
During the workshops, students develop their own song and showcase it at a public event as well as performing at a special 'White Ribbon' themed assembly at the school.
The Emergency Plan for People with a Disability - Your Emergency and Disaster Planning Toolkit Open or Close
The Emergency Plan for People with a Disability - Your Emergency and Disaster Planning Toolkit is designed to assist people with a disability should a disaster or emergency situation occur. Developed and launched in 2014 it includes information such as care needs, equipment, medications, an emergency plan and useful resources for an emergency.
The tool was developed to prepare people with a disability for an emergency or disaster situation by taking an individualised person centred approach. Growing research suggests that people with a disability are at risk during disaster situations due to medical, mobility and health care needs. These factors precipitate the need for disability specific planning as many people with disabilities fail to have disaster management plans in place.