Special Projects

WACOSS Special Projects

Through our policy work and with the advice of our diverse membership base, we continue to identify opportunities to build the capacity of the community sector.  Where existing structures cannot address these areas, WACOSS works in collaboration with the sector to develop special projects and initiatives that aim to assist community service organisations in delivering better outcomes for vulnerable Western Australians.

Connecting Early Years Networks Support Program

Connecting Early Years Networks Support Program

Early Years Networks (EYNs) are groups of parents, professionals and community members committed to improving outcomes for children aged zero to eight. Early Years Networks across Western Australia play a fundamental role in supporting young children and their families to live fulfilled and rewarding lives.

The Connecting Early Years Network Support Program was  developed by WACOSS and is  funded by The Department of Communities.  The program aims to support Early Years Networks to become or remain sustainable whilst achieving their full potential.

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Connecting Early Years Networks Portal

Connecting Early Years Networks Portal

With 47 Early Years Networks throughout Western Australia, the purpose built Connecting Early Years Network Portal provides Networks with an easily accessible collaboration tool. This free tool includes online networking opportunities, information sharing and access to other community members and service providers.

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Community Relief and Resilience Sector Support Program

Emergency Relief providers assist people dealing with a financial crisis, through material or financial assistance. These providers support people with immediate assistance focusing on future resilience and maintaining dignity.

WACOSS administers ongoing support through information, resources, support and guidance to the Emergency Relief sector. As a result of this program, strong networks have been formed between Emergency Relief providers, government, the business sector and other community services. This program has been supported by Lotterywest.

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ER Connect

ER Connect

ER Connect provides a directory of Emergency Relief organisations and agencies in Western Australia. The directory provides accurate, real time information updated by the agencies themselves and monitored by users.

People searching for support can find Financial Counsellors, Housing Support, Community Legal Services and Refuges on the ER Connect Directory.

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DropIN

DropIN

DropIN is the free and flexible way to connect with the community sector. It is a purpose built online platform that allows you to access resources, build projects and drive innovation. DropIN was designed to help Not-for-profits, government and industry collaborate to build integrated sector networks and projects.

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Budget Link Community

Budget Link Community

BudgetLink Community provides intuitive and flexible financial management software designed for the Community Sector. This software package is non-technical in approach and designed to assist in financial modelling, full organisation budgeting and forecasting. It can connect to popular off-the-shelf accounting packages allowing automation of many time consuming tasks, and replace manual spreadsheets.

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Associations Incorporations Act 2015 Resources Centre

The Associations Incorporations Act 2015 Resources Centre is to supplement the support the Department of Commerce provides to organisations in understanding the Associations Incorporations Act 2015. By taking WACOSS’ ‘Testing your Associations Knowledge’ questionnaire you will highlight any gaps in your knowledge and be provided appropriate resources.

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Co-Design Toolkit

Co-Design Toolkit

The WACOSS Co-Design Toolkit is a practical resource for anyone involved in the planning and design of new programs or services, or in the re-design of existing services.

The Toolkit was developed with resources provided by a Capacity Building Grant from the WA Department of Finance.

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Peaks Sector Support Grants

Resources and capacity-building for Peak bodies to service their members.

Peaks Sector Support Grants project is a pilot project supported by WACOSS, funded by Lotterywest. It is an opportunity for WA community services peak bodies to apply to for grants up to $20,000 to facilitate training, or consultation and co-design processes with their members on a sector issue of strategic importance, where the need to do this is immediate.  The focus of this project is emerging issues that require a quick response, which often is very difficult for small peak bodies to accommodate.  Up to $100,000 per year is available over a two-year pilot period.

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