WACOSS eNews- 4th May 2012
General WACOSS News
Community Services Excellence Awards
Remember to get your vote in for the Community Sector Choice Award. Voting closes Monday 7th May.
Click here for more information and to have your vote.
Click here to view The Couch interview with the Minister and Jim Petrie from The Big Issue.
Community Sector Supports WACOSS Big Picture Conference
WACOSS would like to acknowledge the support of the following Community Sector Conference Sponsors. Wanslea, Relationships Australia WA, UnitingCare West, Mercy Care and Anglicare
This sponsorship demonstrates their strong commitment for a diverse sector of all sizes and scope and a joint vision for a strong, vibrant and united community services sector.
WACOSS Conference "THE BIG PICTURE"
This year's conference is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with over 350 delegates registered and a great line up of speakers. Conference abstracts are now available to assist you in selecting concurrent sessions.
Click here for the updated program, speaker bio's and concurrent session abstracts.
Registrations now closed, opportunities for video conferencing still available. Please contact Carly Guise by 1pm Monday 7th May (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest.
We encourage conference delegates and those that can't make it to follow the action on Twitter via #WACOSSConf
Cross Sectoral Collaboration & Networking Day – Fully Booked
Registration desk opens at 8.30am.
2012 Thinker in Residence programme
WACOSS is a project partner with the Commissioner for Children and Young People for the 2012 Thinker in Residence programme. The residency will examine self-regulation among children and will provide parents, health and other professionals, early childhood educators and teachers with strategies to develop and boost the ability of a child to self-regulate. The Alliance for Children at Risk is hosting a breakfast for people in the child protection sector on Thursday 7th June 2012. Click here to read more.
WACOSS Media Release: Smart Not Tough Approach Needed for Jobseekers - Friday 20th April
"It is time we took a smarter approach to tackling unemployment, underemployment and the problems created by short-term, casual and insecure work," said Irina Cattalini, CEO of WACOSS today.
WACOSS focus group: Energy Hardship Services
WACOSS will be consulting with Community Service Organisations (CSOs) to gather information on how they are working with clients experiencing energy hardship. Participants will be introduced to concepts of Energy Efficiency, time of use and block tariffs, smart grid technologies, and ways to address energy hardship in WA. Click here to read more.
Australian Community Sector Survey
Australian Community Sector Survey has been extended until Monday 14th May.
We are asking for your help to ensure that the Australian Community Sector Survey provides the best possible information about our sector and the people that we work with.
Each survey completed will go in the draw to win free registration to ACOSS' 2013 conference, a prize worth around $650!
For more information please click here.
Understanding Social Enterprise Information Session - Tuesday 8th May
Are you interested in the concept of social enterprise? Are you currently running a social enterprise, or thinking about running one in the future? Book your place at one of our Perth based information session Tuesday 8th May, to learn more about this exciting new opportunity for investment for not for profit community organisations. Take the opportunity to also book in for a one to one consultation, to test your social enterprise idea with an expert and receive valuable feedback. Bookings required. Click here to download the flyer.
ACOSS Post-Budget Community Sector Lunch with the Treasurer - Monday 14th May
ACOSS is hosting a Post-Budget Lunch with the Treasurer the Hon Wayne Swan on Monday May 14 for the Community Sector. This is a key opportunity hosted by ACOSS to provide a comprehensive analysis of the implications of this year's Federal Budget for people experiencing poverty and inequality in Australia and the organisations that work to support them. You will hear from the Treasurer on key budgetary measures and provide your questions for the Treasurer to discuss. Click here to read more.
WACOSS & Department of Commerce present: Consumer Rights and Protection - Wednesday 30th May
This FREE community education forum will provide an outline of basic consumer rights for your organisation and the clients you represent, particularly if you work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.
Emergency Relief Scoping Project
The Emergency Relief Scoping Project is now underway. Our Project Officer, Leela James, is currently halfway through extensive metropolitan consultations with Emergency Relief service providers. These consultations are providing the ER Scoping Project with key information and we are inviting you to also contribute to this valuable project.
Click here to find out more.
Funding Reform Program upcoming workshops: Mandurah and Albany
Since early April, the WACOSS Funding Reform Program team has been delivering workshops covering the essential information community service organisations need to know when "Surviving and Thriving under the DCSP Policy." In May, the program will travel to Mandurah, Albany and Kalgoorlie and is looking at scheduling a third metro workshop due to high demand. Click here to read more
EmpowerWA Workshops: Assisting Clients to save money by using less power at home
These free workshops are a must for anyone who works with clients experiencing financial pressures.
It explains what energy audits involve, so that you can help clients who aren't eligible for a professional home audit, or don't want strangers looking around their home.
Free Training for Emergency Relief workers and volunteers
WACOSS is delivering a series of free workshops around the state for emergency relief workers and volunteers.
Being an Effective Leader – Wednesday 16th May (Kwinana)
"Leadership is an observable, learnable set of practices...Given the opportunity for feedback and practice, those with the desire and persistence to lead and to make a difference can substantially improve their abilities to do so." - The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes & Posner (2007)
Join Dee Roche for a day of exploring what makes an excellent leader, and how you can become one. Dee holds a Masters in Leadership and Management and has significant community and corporate sector experience both in Australia and overseas.
For all the details, and to register online, please click here.
Succession Planning: Recruitment and Retention of Board Members – Thursday 17th May (Evening)
The final workshop in our Just for Boards series of community service board member training and networking events.
Implementing Standard Chart of Accounts for Not-for-Profits – Thursday 24th May
Learn about implementing the Standard Chart of Accounts in your not-for-profit organisation.
Writing Successful Tenders – Tuesday 29th May
Learn how to write successful tenders in this one day workshop.
Managing Media – Thursday 31st May
Have you ever wondered why some organisations or causes seem to get all the coverage – while others never rate a mention?
How to be a SUPER Supervisor – Tuesday 5th June
This workshop is a solid foundation for any supervisors/manager wanting a suite of practical tools and models to use 'on the fly' and/or within their more formal systems.
Social Enterprise Fund Grants Now Open
Information sessions and one to one advice surgeries coming soon… register your interest now.
A number of workshops will be taking place in the coming weeks (mid April to mid May) to help you with your application for the Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) Grants Program, funded by the Government of Western Australia. This is an exciting new opportunity for investment for not-for-profit community organisations thinking about developing a social enterprise.
To find out more and register your interest click here.
AA Midday group Homeless
AA Perth Midday group, having had a lunch time meeting for the last 15 years, now finds itself at a loss as to where to find a place to meet. Click here for more information on how you can help.
Eastern Region Mental Health Agencies Directory for 2012.
ERMHA is a partnership to improve outcomes for those with mental health issues and their carers, family and friends.
Reinvent your career with a postgraduate qualification in mental health
Curtin University has recently introduced a new part-time Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, so you can reinvent your career without quitting your day job.
Tips for Good Privacy Practice - Privacy Awareness Week
As a non-for-profit organisation, your staff and volunteers may often have access to personal information of clients and members. This short article provides some key messages from Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Information Commissioner, and some tips for good privacy practice.
Click here to download "Tips for Good Privacy Practice"
News from The Smith Family
The Smith Family have produced a new brand campaign to help Australians to become better informed about the effects of disadvantage on children and asking them to sign up to show these kids they care. Click here to read more.
Leadership WA Regional Leadership Program: Applications now open for Pilbara and Mid West
Leadership WA is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for both the Pilbara and Mid West Regional Leadership Programs.
Running from June to December, these Leadership Programs will use an experiential learning approach with an emphasis on personal leadership development and enhancing leadership capacity across the regions.
Click here to read more.
Guide helps to address sexualisation of children
The Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, has released a guide for the community to help address growing concern about the sexualisation of children.
Sexualisation of Children and its Impact on their Wellbeing – A guide for parents, members of the community, media, advertisers and retailers emphasises that the wellbeing of children and young people is everyone's responsibility.
Click here to read more.
Certificate IV in Relationship Education (CHC42408) Group Facilitation Skills
In 2011 Relationships Australia commenced delivery of a new nationally recognised qualification in group facilitation skills, the Certificate IV in Relationship Education – Group Facilitation Skills. The next intake for this course is 9 May 2012.
Click here to read more.
20% Discount on Accommodation & Venues at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra
20% Discount for ALL WACOSS members when you book a Venue and/or Accommodation at Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra during the months of May, June, July and August 2012.
Click here for more information.
CREATE Foundation 'What's the Plan'
The CREATE Foundation has been committed to connecting children and young people with experience in care with each other. Empowering them to develop to realise their potential and to maximise the ways in which the care system can change for the better.
It's alarming that recently CREATE uncovered that 68% of young people who should have been developing a leaving care plan either did not have a plan or did not know whether or not they had one. Click here to read more.
WA Training Awards 2012
Applications are now being called for the WA Training Awards.
In previous years there have been very few nominations from Community Services Health & Education industries where there are many eligible entrants; the Training Council is encouraging these industries to get involved this year! To find out more about nominating outstanding apprentices, trainees or vocational students click here.
Another of the award categories is the WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award, which is focused on migrants who have overcome various challenges by undertaking training. Click here to read more.
Affordable Home Ownership for Lower and Middle Income Earners - Shared Equity Program
Would you like to own your own home but think you can't afford it? The State Government has introduced two initiatives to support moderate income Western Australians, like those working in the not-for-profit sector, to achieve their dream of home ownership.
Click here to read more about each of these exciting opportunities.
Fairground Youth Sector Conference 2012: Registrations Open