General WACOSS News

Special Event: Smarter Thinking in a Changing World! with guest speaker Glenn Capelli – 19th October 2011

Last chance to book- limited places left!

Join WACOSS and guest speaker Glenn Capelli in this breakfast and seminar about leadership, decision-making and responding to the ever-changing nature of our sector. This is an event not to be missed by not-for-profit leaders in Western Australia, whether you choose to stay just for breakfast, or for the entire seminar.

For more information, and to register online, please click here.

WACOSS PBS Launch 10th November

WACOSS invites you to the launch of its Pre-Budget Submission: Delivering the Social Dividend.
Please join us and our special guest Western Australian Under-Treasurer, Mr Tim Marney who will formally receive the submission.

Click here for further details

Advanced Notice – WACOSS AGM 10th November 2011

The WACOSS AGM will be held at City West Function Centre, 45 Plaistowe Mews on Thursday 10th November. 

A call for nominations to the WACOSS Board were circulated early in the week commencing 3rd October.  To be eligible to vote, your membership needed to be paid by 29th September.  To check the status of your membership, contact Carly Guise on 9420-7222 or carlyguise@wacoss.org.au.

All members will be sent a formal notice, agenda, information on nominees for vacant positions and voting process by the 21st October 2011. 

Australians for Affordable Housing

WACOSS supports the Australians for Affordable Housing campaign to improve housing affordability for all Australians, from those renting, looking to buy or struggling with high housing costs. Housing affordability is a problem Australia-wide, and we know it's a problem in WA. WACOSS supports the campaign to encourage governments to take a more active role in improving access to affordable housing across the country.

To find out more about the campaign, you can visit the AAH website www.housingstressed.org.au or help spread the word about the Australians for Affordable Housing through facebook at www.facebook.com/housingstressed

Westlink Regional Broadcast MY LIFE: MY WAY – Self-Directed Services in WA Forum 26th October 2011

Westlink will broadcast the DVD of the MY LIFE: MY WAY – Self-directed Services in Western Australia Forum on Wednesday 26 October 2011 at 11:30am – 2pm. The broadcast will be available at over 180 Westlink Reception Centres across regional Western Australia.

Click here to read more

Anti-Poverty Week - 16th -22nd October 2011

Anti-Poverty Week is a week of community activities that highlight disadvantage in our community during the week surrounding International Anti-Poverty Day (October 17).

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia;
  • encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

To check out what events are happening during the week in your area, or to find out more about Anti-Poverty Week check out: http://www.antipovertyweek.org.au/events.php?State=WA

Perth Street Soccer & WACOSS present Community Street Soccer- Anti-Poverty Week Cup 18th October 2011

The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Program and WACOSS invite all community agency and community service workers to join in the fun and & excitement of the inaugural Community Street Soccer Anti-Poverty Week Cup Competition.

Dust off your boots, stretch them legs and come and represent your agency.

Where: Wellington Square, East Perth

When: Tuesday 18th October

Time: 2pm onwards

Click here for more information

Commonwealth People's Forum 2011

The 2011 Civil Society Statement has been released in the lead up to CHOGM and the Commonwealth Peoples Forum.  Click here to download the statement

For the latest information on CHOGM click here

Commonwealth Festival
Details about the Western Australian Government’s eight-day arts Commonwealth Festival, to be staged alongside CHOGM 2011, were released yesterday.

The Festival starts on 23rd October and features outdoor concerts, world-class exhibitions, art, films, street theatre, and more than 70 free activities.

For more information go to http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=143847
or the Commonwealth Festival website at
http://www.commonwealthfestival.com

Road closures during CHOGM
For information on road closures during CHOGM click here.

WACOSS Workshops and Seminars

Last chance to book: Smarter Thinking in a Changing World! with guest speaker Glenn Capelli – 19 October 2011

Join WACOSS and guest speaker Glenn Capelli in this breakfast and seminar about leadership, decision-making and responding to the ever-changing nature of our sector. This is an event not to be missed by not-for-profit leaders in Western Australia, whether you choose to stay just for breakfast, or for the entire seminar.
For more information, and to register online, please click here.

Making Productivity Possible with Outlook – 31 October 2011

Please note this workshop will now be a half-day workshop.
Does your inbox stress you out?
Using some simple Outlook functions can help you manage your emails better, meaning you will feel more in control, better organised and you will have more time to perform your role well.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Marketing and Media for your Organisation or Program – 1 November 2011

Do you want to increase your organisation’s profile, attract more members or promote a message to the community?
This workshop provides a detailed introduction to marketing a community organisation and includes a host of low cost ways to get your message out.
Included in the workshop materials is a package of free resources, templates, media contact lists and downloadable marketing and media examples to put your new skills into action!
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Understanding Strategic Planning – Rockingham – 3 November 2011

Why do we exist? What are we doing? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? When are we going to get there? How do we know when we have arrived? Strategic planning is a process that aims to answer these questions about your organisation. By creating strategic plans you give your organisation clear goals and can easily measure your success against them.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Advanced Facilitation Skills – 15 November 2011

Building on the earlier Facilitation Skills workshop, explore more about group dynamics and how your style & approach impacts on the group.
So you've got some tools picked up in the first session and you understand how groups and facilitators work together…what next? This workshop takes the practical learning of part one (Facilitation Skills - 26 Sept), puts it into practise and then deepens the exploration of how YOU (as a facilitator) effect change and assist with achievement of goals within groups .
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Oh My Goodness – I’m on a Board!! – 22 November 2011

This workshop will give you an introduction to being a board member, increasing your knowledge of legal requirements and core activities of a board to make you a confident and effective board member.
For all the details and to register online, please click here.

Sector News

Space Wanted

Western Australia’s Individualised Services Inc (WAIS Inc) are looking for office space for approximately 4 people in the short to mid term (approximately 40-50 sqm).  If anyone has anything that may be suitable, we would welcome hearing from you.  Please contact Su-Hsien Lee, Executive Officer, 9420 7203

Invitation to Participate in Research

You are invited to participate in a study of court users’ views on the comfort and safety of court facilities.  We are interested in finding out how easy courts are to get around, whether they are comfortable public buildings, and whether people feel safe when visiting them.  We are particularly interested in your views as a community advocate.

Click here for more information

Drs John and Julie Gottman present Gottman Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm Conference

What makes a relationship work? Drs John and Julie Gottman have spent over 35 years researching over 3000 couples. Now after watching a couple for only 5 minutes, John Gottman can predict with 91% accuracy whether they will happily stay together.

John Gottman, Ph.D. is world-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, including the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. He was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists in the past quarter-century by Psychotherapy Networker magazine. He is the author of 190 published academic articles and author and co-author of 40 books, including his New York Times best seller, Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Click here for more information

Overseas Qualified Social Workers – Call for Research Participants

Are you an AASW accredited overseas qualified social worker?

Would you like to participate in a research project exploring your experiences in the transition from your country of education to practice in Australia?

Do you have an hour and a half to discuss these issues at a location of your choice?

If you would like to participate please contact Trudi Marchant on 0415 732 768 or by email at trudimarchant@westnet.com.au to make a time to meet.

University Courses at Monash University

The Social Work Department in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University invites you to study with us from an array of professional qualifications.

Students can study either on or off-campus, and full or part-time. Click here to read more

‘Recognition: A cornerstone of the reconciliation journey’

Click here to view a copy of a Submission from Reconciliation Australia to the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Do you have items that could be donated to a refuge?

The City of Stirling operates a Women’s Centre that provides crisis accommodation for families escaping domestic violence. This service is extremely valuable and has operated for over 32 years.

One of the services we provide is to assist families to find new homes and we also assist with the provision of furniture for these families. Each year we receive many donations, but at present we are low on a few items.

If you or anyone you know is disposing of the following items:

  • Lounges,
  • Dining Tables and Chairs,
  • Bed and Mattresses (in reasonable condition) or
  • Pots and Pans

Please consider donating these to the Stirling Women’s Centre. These would be greatly appreciated and used for families with high need.

If you have any items like this please contact Marianne McCabe either by email at Marianne.McCabe@stirling.wa.gov.au or at the Women’s Centre 9344 2370 and she will assist with any arrangements.

New Certificate IV Relationship Education (Chc42408)

Relationships Australia WA has traditionally offered a five-day course in Group Facilitation Skills, focusing on how to run groups, in particular psycho-education groups. From 2011 the course will now be delivered as part of the new Certificate IV in Relationship Education (CHC42408), a nationally recognised qualification. Module 1 of the Certificate IV in Relationship Education builds on the original course and will be delivered in 9 days, over a 6 week period. Four Modules make up the Certificate IV in Relationship Education and will be delivered over a 12 month period, at Relationships Australia, West Leederville, Perth WA. Relationships Australia WA has traditionally offered a five-day course in Group Facilitation Skills, focusing on how to run groups, in particular psycho-education groups. From 2011 the course will now be delivered as part of the new Certificate IV in Relationship Education (CHC42408), a nationally recognised qualification. Module 1 of the Certificate IV in Relationship Education builds on the original course and will be delivered in 9 days, over a 6 week period. Four Modules make up the Certificate IV in Relationship Education and will be delivered over a 12 month period, at Relationships Australia, West Leederville, Perth WA. Click here to learn more

Sector Events

Mission Australia’s Mind Field 14th October

How do we navigate through the myriad of services, and what are some of the treatment options available for young people dealing with co morbid issues like mental illness, homelessness and substance misuse? In celebrating Mental Health Week 2011, Mission Australia is presenting a free all age’s event at Wellington Square East Perth on Friday the 14th of October and provides options for these issues. Featuring live performances from local bands Hurricane Fighter Plane, Lucy Peach and Burgers of Beef, there will be service stalls handing out information about their programs, a free sausage sizzle lunch and cool drinks throughout the day!  From 11am to 3pm, we hope to see you there!

Click here for full details

Nuts N Bolts One-Day Seminar

Stay at the forefront of current thinking in aged and community care at this one-day Nuts’N’Bolts seminar, designed to keep those who work on the frontline of aged care up to date with current information on health reform, mental health, palliative care specialist services, wound management and nutrition.
The ACSWA Aged Care Nuts’N’Bolts program is a one-day conference aimed at frontline workers from both residential and community care settings, including:
• Nursing supervisors and directors
• Care workers
• Facility managers.
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time: 8.30am - 4pm
Venue: Wollaston Conference Centre, Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont
Cost: ACSWA members $255, non members $295 (includes morning & afternoon tea & lunch, GST inclusive)
Register by: October 5
CLICK HERE to view the event brochure including speakers.

Vocational Graduate Diploma Of Family Dispute Resolution

Anglicare WA Training Services is a Registered Training Organisation and is offering a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. The qualification can be obtained through face to face delivery, recognition of prior learning (RPL) or a combination of these methods.

Click here for further details of the Vocational Graduate Diploma.

Upcoming Professional Development at Anglicare WA

Anglicare WA Training Services will be delivering the following training this spring:

October
Working with Children whose Parents have Separated
Child Abuse and Neglect

November
Communicating Effectively in Challenging Circumstances
Dealing with Aggressive People in the Workplace
Dealing with Sexually Disinhibited Behaviours
Assessments and Interventions for Perpetrators of Family and Domestic Violence

Please contact rto@anglicarewa.org.au or 9263 2122 for information and registration.

MAP Time-in Presented by Dr Rebecca Coleman

MAP Time-in is a relationship (attachment) based approach for parenting, teaching and working therapeutically with children, adolescents and their families. It is a new approach, supported by 50 years of attachment research, 30 years of mindful awareness (or mindfulness) research, 10 years of developmental psychology/ interpersonal neuroscience and self-compassion research & evaluation.

Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to download a registration form.

Invitation COTA Consumer Forum Aged Care Reform –what could it mean for me?

Where? The Melbourne Hotel, Corner Hay and Milligan Streets in Perth,
When? 9.30 am to 12 noon on Tuesday, October 18th
Guest Speaker? Jo Root, National Policy Manager, COTA Australia

COTA wishes to hear what seniors think about these proposals. This will help us to tell the Federal Government what YOU think.

Click here to learn more

Mental Health WALK OF PRIDE 2011

A big step against stigma

Sunset stroll at Cottesloe Beach, October 16

Take a step against mental health stigma. Join like-minded people who want to make a difference with a sunset stroll along Cottesloe Beach pathway at 5pm on October 16, 2011.

Click here to learn more

6th Annual Givewell Nonprofit Forum: Building resilience in the third sector 18th October 2011

  • Running a Resilient Nonprofit Organisation: Practical case studies and a grantmakers perspective
  • Sector Reform and Regulation: The National Not-for-Profit Regulator and the development of a capital market for social economy organisations
  • Economic Outlook: How the “new normal” economy impacts on charitable giving and the business of nonprofit entities
  • Strategic Governance: Building and maintaining an effective board
  • Partnering for success: Both with business and other nonprofits for shared service provision

Click here to learn more

Making Tenant Participation and Engagement Meaningful Workshop 25th October

Click here for information on the Australasian Housing Institute workshop Making Tenant Participation and Engagement Meaningful.

This one-day workshop is designed to strengthen skills and expand techniques for tenant engagement; enable participants to better understand the value and purpose of engaging tenants; and to strengthen a culture of tenant engagement in line with good practice in social housing management.

Australian launch of the Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Strategy 26th October

Join Penny Williams -Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, and YWCA for the Australianlaunch of the Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Strategy on the 26th of October.

Click here to download the flyer

Change and Loss Workshop 26th October

Life itself begins with loss – the separation from the womb.  This workshop helps people recognise inevitable losses and the skills to minimise any impact
Click here for full details

Living Life to the Full with a Chronic Condition Forum 27th October

Do you have a chronic condition?
Do you care for someone with a chronic condition?
Then this FREE forum is for you. It's been developed by consumers and carers like you!

You can:

  • Learn about living life to the full with a chronic condition
  • Find out about help available to manage your condition
  • Understand Chronic Disease Care Plans and how to get the best care from your GP
  • Discover how your chronic condition story can make a difference
  • Obtain up to date information for consumers and carers
  • Hear from the Chief Medical Officer of the WA Department of Health

Most importantly...
Share your experiences and build relationships with others living with chronic conditions

Date Thursday, 27 October 2011
Time 10.00 am – 3.30 pm (registration from 9:30 am)
Venue The Boulevard Centre, 99 The Boulevard, Floreat
Click here to download a Registration Form

Friends of Samaritans Sundowner 10th November

Launched in March this year Friends of Samaritans is a group of public supporters of the Samaritans Crisis Line.

Bi-annual events raise much needed funds for the Samaritans Crisis Line as they work towards their vision of a society in which fewer people die by suicide.

The next Friends of Samaritans event will be held on the 10th of November at Sayers Food in Leederville.

Click here to read more

Accreditation Choices Information Session 2nd November

Quality Management Services – Improving Quality Management for Health and Community Services
QMS will present a ½ day FREE Information Session covering on the 2nd of November. Click here for full details

QIC Review Training 4th November

Quality Management Services – Improving Quality Management for Health and Community Services

QMS will present a 2 day training session starting on the 4th of November. Click here for full details.

Root Cause Analysis Workshop 4th November

An integrated approach to complaints management

Who should attend?

Ideal for complaints managers, customer service managers, consumer affairs professionals, and anyone spending valuable time trying to resolve or respond to recurring complaints. Click here for more information

The Vibrant Workplace Workshop 7th November

This workshop is a must for CEO's, managers, HR staff, team leaders and anyone who is wanting to bring out the best in themselves and others. It is a single tool that can be used at all levels and in a broad range of leadership tasks. Click here for more information

Youth Health 2011: It's totally important!

The 8th Australian & New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference will be held in Sydny on the 9th -11th of November

Youth Health 2011 is an exciting and important opportunity for a diverse group of people interested in young people’s health and wellbeing to come together

Click here for more information

21st Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March

Join the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services for the 21st Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March

When: Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Where: Stirling Gardens, St Georges Tce, Perth
Rally with speakers commences 10.30am, March begins at 12.00noon

The Silent Memorial march is held each year to commemorate and honour people who have died in the past 12 months from family and domestic violence related incidents. The WCDFVS would like to invite all community members to participate in the Silent March.
Please feel free to pass this info/flyer on to anyone that you know would like to attend the march.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Lifeline WA is running a 2-day ASIST course on Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1 December 2011.

ASIST is part of the LivingWorks suite or programs and is considered the international benchmark in suicide prevention training.  It has been delivered to more than 100 million people world-wide and is the most researched, developed and evaluated suicide intervention program in the world. Click here to read more

WACOSS Jobs

WACOSS is seeking a Dynamic Executive Assistant. For more information on this full time position click here.

WACOSS is seeking a dynamic social policy professional to join our team. For more information on this full time position click here

Community Sector Jobs

The following position are currently advertised on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs page. Click here to view the vacancies in full.

If you would like to advertised your vacancies on the WACOSS/ANSON Community Jobs page please contact John Broweleit at ANSON at jbroweleit@anson.com.au

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