- Must be a group where the majority of members are volunteers.
- Must provide examples of extraordinary community activities undertaken by group members i.e. community advocacy and action.
*Queen of Hearts Community Foundation Open or Close
The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation has been operating in Penrith and the surrounding areas for over a year now. Its mission is to support survivors of child sexual abuse on their journey to healing and in their search for justice. The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation is entirely composed of volunteers, including an Executive Board and an Advisory Committee.
The Foundation's mission to support survivors of child sexual abuse in their search for healing and justice has touched the community and continues to grow in reach and determination day by day.
Assyrian Resource Centre Open or Close
The Assyrian Resource Centre (ARC) is a one-stop-shop that provides settlement services for refugees and migrants of Assyrian, Chaldaean and other Aramaic backgrounds. Its work focuses on case management as well as advocacy, information sharing and facilitation of the settlement of individuals and families at Fairfield.
The only paid staff member of ARC is the Centre’s manager. The extensive work of the Centre is made possible with the engagement of many volunteers who significantly contribute to the organisation's capacity. Volunteers are instrumental to the great work ARC does in increasing engagement of refugees and migrants in work and study.
Much of the work of ARC is conducted by trained and coached volunteers, the majority of whom are in part-time employment or study. They are mentored and coached for two to three hours, 3 days every week. Some volunteers who have helped at the Centre have found work and left their placement, however many volunteers continue their connection with ARC to build their skills and knowledge.
Community Visitors Scheme Open or Close
Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) has been running the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) for over fifteen years. CVS aims to enrich the quality of life of Aged Care residents who have been identified as being lonely or socially isolated and would benefit from having a regular friendly visitor.
Liverpool MRC offers a specialised CVS as it uses its community connections to link volunteers with CALD residents who have limited fluency in English. Liverpool MRC CVS has nineteen volunteers who visit twenty five Arabic and Spanish speaking aged care residents at least once a fortnight.
IBNInc Open or Close
Independent Business Network Incorporated (IBNInc) commenced in October 2008 with the support of The Hills Shire council after 3 women; Julie Warner, Kay Murphy and Mary Louise Marshall met at a Networking event, realised they all worked in the Hills and decided to have a regular monthly catch up to provide support to each other with their businesses.
These monthly catch up sessions were so valuable in providing support, motivation and the accountability to assist with the growth of their businesses and having not found quite the right fit with existing network groups they decided to launch IBNInc to assist others in micro businesses.
Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCAN) Open or Close
ParraCAN started in 2007 when only few local climate change groups existed and “outsiders” doubted that people in Western Sydney would be interested. ParraCAN furthers understanding and appropriate practices regarding climate change among residents, local organisations, schools, councils and politicians.
Key activities include distributing brochures, visits, door knocking, stalls, film nights, presentations, discussions, EcoFest, bike runs, Renewable Energy Forum and supporting campaigns regarding solar energy, water, coal mining, divestment, food production, transport and employment.
ParraCAN highlights Western Sydney in everything they do, working with many organisations based on values of growing democracy, cultural diversity, inclusion, non-partisanship, walking the talk and cooperation.
Seniors Club (Viejoteca) Volunteers Open or Close
NSW SLASA has been providing a social connection opportunity for Spanish and Latin American Seniors in South West Sydney through the Seniors Club program ('Viejoteca') over the last 4 years. The Seniors Club is supported and run entirely by volunteers.
This dedicated group of people provide much needed assistance in planning, setting up, coordination, food preparation, music and entertainment and companionship for many isolated senior members of our community. The Seniors Club gives volunteers a sense of belonging and contribution to the preservation of Latin American culture and traditions in Australia.
Shakti Migrant and Refugee Women's Support Group NSW Inc. Open or Close
Shakti Migrant and Refugee Women's Support Group NSW Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation led by women of Asian, African and Middle Eastern descent dedicated to ending all forms of domestic violence in their communities. They specialise in addressing and advocating against culturally oppressive practices such as forced and underage marriage, dowry abuse, honour-based violence and FGM.
Supported by their parent organisation Shakti New Zealand, Shakti has been operating in NSW since 2012. Our volunteers are trained in various capacities including finance, casework, administration and events coordination. Management Committee members are also volunteers who are professionals in their own right.