Outstanding Use of Technology by a Not for Profit Organisation
Technology is an important tool when engaging with the community. The Outstanding Use of Technology by a Not-for-Profit Organisation Award celebrates organisations which have taken initiative and utilised technology to provide great outcomes for Greater Western Sydney
Below are our nominees for the 2017 ZEST Award for Outstanding Use of Technology by a Not for Profit Organisation:
Storyteller Project – Winner
The CMRC Young Storyteller project was established to develop technical and Advocacy skills in young CALD people through creative multimedia Arts Projects. This mentorship has provided young people with an outlet to tell stories and advocate for issues they are passionate about, through the medium of film and photography – with the added goal of providing them with employment and education pathways into the Multi media sector. The young people are trained in the use of film and video editing equipment in multiple contexts, from marketing businesses to community development programs, providing them with valuable work experience.
Muslim Mean Tweets – Highly Commended
The video, titled “Muslim Mean Tweets” features local Muslim thought leaders and workers reading actual hate mail that has been sent to them and or the organisation. The idea behind the video is to call out hate with humour in an attempt to highlight the absurdity of intolerance and hate speech. As Australians, we will not stand for discrimination, hatred or intimidation against any individual or group and as such, we should unite and make a stand against such negative and anti-social behaviour. To view the video Google search “Muslim Mean Tweets”
#IAmSydneysWest is a social media campaign that engages and promotes social awareness and cultural identity of young people across Western Sydney. It aims to share their personal traits and aspirations through a creative medium for self-realisation. Western Sydney is often stereotyped with negative perceptions. Young people feel that they are discriminated against because of their locality. The negativity always overshadows the positives and success stories of young people in Western Sydney often go unrecognized. To overcome these stereotypes and perceptions, a better understanding from the wider community is needed. This promotional video campaign, designed by young people for young people, highlights the strengths and aspirations of young people in Western Sydney.
Evolve, as a champion for the vulnerable in our community, developed the #myhomemystory social media campaign to
promote the message that ‘a home is fundamental to the social and economic wellbeing of all people and the community’.
Through people sharing their stories of the importance of a home, #myhomemystory demonstrated the true value it brings to a person’s life. Using Facebook as a platform, where people could share their stories of home and audience members vote for them as well as partnering with celebrity interior designer and advocate for housing, James Treble who provided a living room makeover prize, audience reach and engagement was increased.
Bridge the digital divide
The collaborative program between MTC Australia and Parramatta Council called ‘Bridge the digital divide’ was designed to tackle the digital divide in the Parramatta LGA. The project aims to provide individuals with low socioeconomic status the opportunity to access and utilise the internet as a means of improving their employment prospects. Participants engaged in MTC’s SEE (Skills for Education and Employment) Program were provided with broadband internet devices (dongles) provided by Parramatta Council. Four student groups of approximately 60 participants were chosen to utilise the dongles to help them develop their digital skills, enhance their education and enable them to apply for jobs online.
No Wrong Door South Western Sydney
The No Wrong Door South Western Sydney initiative aims to reduce confusion/ frustration in navigating the service system for people with mental distress or mental illness. www.nowrongdoorsws.com.au No Wrong Door SWS Access App – gives multiple points of entry for support including helping people know what to do in a crisis, finding mental health resources and information, accessing information on mental illnesses, finding health professionals or mental health networks. To assist the community in understanding the No Wrong Door SWS’s common and consistent message, the No Wrong Door SWS initiative is supported by a dedicated website, an informational video, a Facebook page and an active and widely promoted public awareness campaign.
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