WACOSS eNews- 31st January 2013
General WACOSS News
New Social Innovation Grant
WACOSS is delighted to thank the State government in its announcement today of the $394,000 in funding that we will receive through the Social Innovations Grant (SIG) program.
These funds will better enable WACOSS to work with our diverse sector, supporting our sectors engagement in new technologies and creating a shared space through which we can actively work together. The platform is a means through which different organisations, in different sectors and locations can showcase and search for available opportunities, projects, and resources for innovation and collaboration. Click here to read more.
WACOSS WA State Election Website Launch – Tuesday 5th February 2013
As part of its election strategy, WACOSS has created a specific election sub site.
Centrepay does not automatically transition across for single parents moving from Parenting Payments to Newstart
WACOSS is concerned that recipients of Parenting Payments who have recently been transitioned to the Newstart Allowance may no longer have their Centrepay arrangements in place. The transfer of Centrepay deductions is not an automatic process and requires the recipient to set up new arrangements through Centrepay. Click here are more details.
Learning Exchange – Let's Talk Tenders- back by popular demand! Friday 22nd February
WACOSS Funding Reform Program offers community service organisations a second chance to join the popular Learning Exchange "Let's Talk Tenders" on Friday 22nd February 2-4pm.
Social Enterprise Fund – Registrations open for information sessions and advice surgeries!
Register now for the next round of Social Enterprise Fund Information sessions and advice surgeries!
Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order – Peaks Survey
We wish to remind members of a survey emailed to all WACOSS and Sector Peak body members between 19 – 20th December 2012 concerning the Fair Work Australia Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). Click here to read more.
Single Parent Payments and Financial Hardship – Advocacy Campaign
WACOSS is part of a national advocacy campaign being led by ACOSS and the National Council of Single Mothers & their Children (NCSMC) to collect the stories of single parent families pushed into financial hardship by the changes to social security laws (affecting single parents) which are due to hit on 1st January.
Service providers assisting single parents who are affected by the changes to Parenting Payment Single are encouraged to participate. Click here to read more, and find out how to get involved. Click here for more information
Funding Reform Support Groups
Do you feel like you could benefit from the experience of your peers in similar situations?
Would you like the opportunity to talk through something around the reforms with an expert?
If yes, click here to read on!
What does the ACNC mean for my Organisation? Free information sessions
The ACNC in partnership with WACOSS and Add Ministries are pleased to now be able to offer a series of free information/ training sessions in Perth and regional locations.
Click here to download the flyer.
Electricity, Water, & Gas: Strategies to Help your Clients Stay Connected – CANNINGTON – Thursday 28th February
WACOSS' utilities training will teach you how to be a smart energy user and how you can advocate on the behalf of your clients to help them stay connected. You will learn how to interpret and understand an electricity, water, and gas, bill. This Cannington event is being held on the 28th of February, so please register your interest ASAP. Click here to read more.
Do you know someone remarkable working in the community sector?
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has joined forces with HESTA to launch the inaugural Community Sector awards, acknowledging excellence in service provision, advocacy and leadership in the sector. Click here for more information.
Registrations are now open for ACOSS National Conference 2013
Registrations are now open for the ACOSS National Conference 2013. The annual conference is the premier national community sector event bringing together key decision makers, practitioners, researchers and the people at the front line of social policy and services. Click here for more information or to register click here.
WACOSS Training, Workshops and Seminars 2013
By now you should have received your copy of the WACOSS Events Calendar in the mail for the Jan- June 2013 year.
The following is a list of some of the upcoming WACOSS events running soon. This year we have a number of free events and important seminars and forums as well as a great range of training workshops aimed at building your skills and knowledge.
WACOSS is currently working on a new Events Webpage to make it easier to navigate and find the event you are looking for. Watch this space.
WA Dates for Phase II of the National SACS Education and Information Workshops
National Disability Services (NDS), Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and Jobs Australia are pleased to announce the roll-out of Phase II of the National SACS Education and Information Program (SACS EIP) Workshops across Australia.
"Small Loans – BIG Difference"
WA No Interest Loans Network Inc – Launches first online loan application for "no interest loans".
In a "no interest loans" first for Australia, WA No interest Loans Network Inc (WA NILS) has launched its online application for the general public. The new online application allows low income earners to apply for a "no interest loan" for a wide range of essential loan items and services in the comfort of their home. Click here to read more.
Being a Learner for Strategic Advantage
Dr Nicky Howe, CEO of Southcare and project leader of the innovative new project, Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards, is encouraging all aged care sector leaders to join the project website - http://youngleadersinagedcare.ning.com.
For more information click here.
Sustainable Venue Guide: new Perth website!
www.sustainablevenueguide.org is a newly launched Perth website for responsible event organisers.
The site evaluates a range of hireable Perth venues venue based on our triple-bottom-line system: people-planet-pocket
This resource is packed with tips, links and ideas for hosting sustainable events and it's FREE – so please pass on to friends and colleagues.
Regular event organisers are invited to join us for the launch of the website on 15 February – full details on the site.
Meet the febfast Challenge and Support Holyoake's Young People's Program
Febfast has raised over $4.5 million since 2007 by challenging Australians to take a break from alcohol in February. This year, the funds will help young people who are affected directly and indirectly by substance misuse. Holyoake's Young People's Program (YPP) is one of the beneficiaries. Why not take up the Febfast challenge? Click here to read more.
Outstanding young people and youth workers sought for 2013 WA Youth Awards
Western Australian residents are encouraged to nominate an outstanding young person for the annual WA Youth Awards.
The awards, now in their 15th year, were established in 1999 to recognise outstanding young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years.
In 2013 the WA Youth Awards are proudly presented by the Department for Communities in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. The awards are supported by Lotterywest. Click here for more information.
Next phase of the Sustainable Funding and Contracting Initiative with the NFP Sector
The Partnership Forum is holding a briefing for NFP community service organisations on the next phase (Component II) of sustainable funding and contracting with the NFP Sector. For further information and to register please click here.
Two Scholarships – Certificate IV in Relationship Education
Delivered by Relationships Australia WA, commencing 13th February 2013
One full scholarship (no cost) is being offered to a community member to enhance skills and knowledge within refugee communities to provide support for families with relationship issues and parenting.
HepatitisWA is facilitating a new peer support service for people living with hepatitis.
The new peer support group assists people achieve better health and well being through discussions and activities. The monthly meetings are confidential, free and provide opportunities to share experiences and thoughts with peers in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Healthy and tasty snacks will be provided.
Ready for a Challenge? Volunteer Opportunities Now Open!
HepatitisWA operates a telephone information & support service which is maintained by volunteer staff, and provides information on hepatitis A, B and C to the general community, and phone support to people affected by hepatitis. Volunteer staff can also participate in our Needle & Syringe Program (NSP) which provides information, equipment and referral to people who chose to inject drugs. Additionally volunteer staff have the opportunity to participate in health promotion and community education events such as University Orientation Days and Health Promotion Fairs at schools and local councils as well as information stalls at Big Day Out and other community events.
The Lotterywest Stakeholder Survey
Lotterywest is currently looking at how their work is experienced by the Western Australian community.
About the Grants for Women Program
The Grants for Women Program provides funding support for Western Australian-based projects
ConcessionsWA, launched late last year by the Minister for Community Services, Robyn McSweeney MLC, is the state government's new social concessions website.
This website is Western Australia's first online 'one-stop-shop' for state government concessions, rebates and subsidy schemes. Click here to read more.
Two extra weeks to complete your Award nomination!
There are now an extra two weeks to complete your nomination for a 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Award, with nominations now closing on 1st February 2013.
Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Program
As a member of a WA association did you know you may be eligible to apply for the Perth Convention Bureau/ City of Perth Convention Scholarship worth $10,000? If successful this would allow you to travel to an international conference of your choice, with travel, accommodation and registration expenses to a maximum of $10,000 paid for by the Bureau. Click here for more information
Community Grants Program (CGP) - New Major Projects Funding
The CGP now offers a new grant category for grants up to $50,000. Click here for more information.
Young Leaders in Aged Care: Young Leaders Program Applications Open
This program is hosted in partnership with three aged care organisations - Southcare, MercyCare and Baptistcare. It is a pioneering program to encourage and support more young people (under 35) to consider aged care Boards as an option for volunteering in their community. We want young people from diverse backgrounds and industry experience to apply. Click here for more information.
ACNC Community Presentations
Charities and others involved in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia are invited to find out about the new charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), at community presentations in Bunbury and Perth. Click here for more information.
Eating Disorder Self Help Groups 2013
The Body Esteem Self-Help Groups are a safe haven to share your experiences with other women who understand and empathise with you. Self –help means that you set your own goals, take responsibility for learning, and make changes at your own pace.
COTA Policy Forum - Monday 11th February
Ageing in the right place
The program offers opportunities for you to ask questions and raise issues with the speakers, so please bring your own questions and concerns! Click here to read more.
Advocacy Role Workshop: A master class in fundamentals – Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th February 2013
Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc will be organising this one and a half day advocacy workshop for professionals working with victims/survivors of sexual assault. This workshop focuses on the journey of victim/survivors, their needs, and your role in supporting them. Expect to be affirmed in some areas, challenged in others, and to take away new insights and opportunities. Click here to read more.
The Impact of Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) Work in WA - Monday 25th Feb
This Forum is relevant to social workers and others involved in direct service delivery to communities, families and individuals as well as workers who are involved in policy development regarding FIFO.
Funds for Freedom Sparkling High Tea - Friday 8th March
Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) invites you to attend a Sparkling High Tea to celebrate International Women's Day.
Spend a lovely International Women's Day celebrating with a scrumptious Sparkling High Tea and raising money to help women and children to make a fresh start after living in a violent relationship.
BBV Informed Consent Discussion Training - 26th & 27th March
The WA AIDS Council is pleased to offer an invaluable 2 day professional developmental training on the 26th & 27th March 2013, which will equip you with the skills to conduct Blood Borne Virus Informed Consent Discussion ( previously called BBV Pre and Post test discussion). Please see attached a flyer for details on the training and for further information please don't hesitate to contact me on 9482 0000 from Monday-Wednesday or alternatively via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for registration is Wednesday 20th February 2013. Click here to download the flyer.
To register, please reply via email email@example.com with the following:
Centrecare Corporate 2013 Training Calendar
Centrecare Corporate is a high quality psychological service and a recognised centre for excellence in the provision of clinical and organisational training for professionals. Click here to download a copy of the 2013 Training Calendar for Perth. If you have any queries or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us on (08) 9288 2233, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.centrecarecorporate.com.au
Women's Council Training Calendar
Click here to download the Feb-June calendar.
Anglicare WA professional development workshops, accredited courses and customised training