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Community Relief and Resilience Conference

WACOSS has moved the date of the Community Relief and Resilience Conference to 26 July 2017.

Feedback received from stakeholders recommended the change as the original date was too close to the Financial Counsellors Australia Conference earlier in May. The additional planning time will allow us to deliver a truly innovative and relevant program for the sector. We will update our DropIN page as the program is finalised...
 

Big Data & Social Investment Events - Last Call! 

Find out how population and behavioural data can drive the design of more effective community services and systems at the WACOSS Big Data and Social Investment Events starting, 3 April 2017.  This is your last chance to book onto these sector leading events, as well as to qualify for the members promotion...

Big Data = Big Brother!?

'Big Data' is getting a bad name! The recent Centrelink automated debt recovery system failure has shown us how collecting and using data can go so wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Collecting and using data can bring big benefits to your organisation and the community services sector as a whole...  

Why Big Data Matters to You

Data forms a critical part of the evidence you need in your organisation. It helps you streamline your services and make better use of limited resources, because numbers don’t lie. It also helps during quality evaluation time, and can prove a point of difference between you and any competitors...

Bring your expertise to the Emerging Issues Forum

As professionals in the community services sector, you are experts in the issues and challenges your organisation and community faces. The Emerging Issues Forum provides the opportunity for you to share your expertise with other organisations, whilst simultaneously learning from their experience...  

WACOSS Training

Leading Change in Turbulent Times - 6 April

The successful contemporary workplace is a place of change and improvement, however most workplace changes struggle to make traction.

This workshop will develop a deeper understanding of the psychology of change and how to better prepare and engage people in adapting to and embracing change in the workplace...
 

DropIN 101 - 18 April

Come and see what all of the fuss is about with this free DropIN training webinar! This session will give an introduction on how to use the community sectors newest online platform, and give you the skills to start collaborating online. Learn how to navigate the DropIN, upload your own content and engage with other users on the system through discussion forms, news updates, voting and heaps more...  
 

Foundations in Governance: Module 3 - Risk Management - 18 April

Risk Management in the not-for-profit sector is essential to governing a sustainable business.  This course will look at potential areas of risk, and how to manage and reduce these areas and how risk management relates closely to your continuous improvement plan...
 

Getting Things Done Through Project Management - April 26 

While many workers in the not-for-profit sector have experience in delivering successful projects; using the tried and true principles of project management can make a great difference to the level of success and a reduction in stress! This course will provide theory, tools and group practice opportunities that will deepen your understanding of project management...  

Story-Based Approach for Capturing Outcomes: Most Significant Change - 3 May 

The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a monitoring & evaluation tool ideally suited to providing qualitative information on program outcomes and impact. MSC collects stories of change in peoples' lives as a result of the intervention. It is transferable across cultural contexts, can pick up unexpected outcomes and supports organisational learning and program improvement...  

Sector News

Vale Andrew Barry

The WA Council of Social Service extends its condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of Andrew Burry, CEO of the WA AIDS Council. Andrew has been a strong advocate for the wellbeing of people living with HIV and a significant contributor to the HIV response in Australia. For the last four years Andrew has been the CEO of the WA AIDS Council, and previously was involved in work on a national level, in the ACT and in Victoria. To read the WA AIDS Council media release...  

New Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Report

On national Close the Gap Day HealthInfoNet launched their annual publication, the Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016. The Overview provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It draws on the most up to date, authoritative sources and undertakes some special analyses. It is freely available on HealthInfoNet, along with downloadable PowerPoint presentations of key facts, tables, and figures...  

Midlas wins Consumer Protection award 

Midlas won the Richard (Dick) Fletcher award which recognises organisations who make a contribution to the advancement of consumer protection within their community. Midlas’ nomination focused on the work they do to support clients with disability, to ensure they live a quality life and are awarded the same consumer rights as anyone else. This can include support to understand and comply with a loan agreements; information on a tenant’s rights and responsibilities; and supporting clients to self-advocate when signing a service agreement... 

Lotterywest Grant Information Sessions

Are you planning a project or event that may require grant support? Looking for help so your group can deliver important work in the community? Join our grants team to hear more about how we can support your organisation, as well as some our ideas and advice on applying for a grant. This is a great opportunity to learn about the types of projects that we can support you with, as well as any questions you may have...  

New code of ethics and practice guidelines for workers

After extensive consultation, the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) has launched the revised Code of ethics and new Practice guidelines that lay down the standards expected of professionals and needed for a nationally skilled workforce. The guidelines include indicators and are matched with a self-assessment tool designed for practitioners to identify their skill gaps and training needs... 

Social Impact Festival calls for submissions

The Social Impact Festival is your chance to create, learn, connect, and build capacity to make Western Australia a better place for all. The Festival is hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia and will take place at a variety of venues around Perth from 18 to 28 July 2017. If you would like to take part in the Festival, submissions have opened for five different events taking place across the week. For more information on how you can apply... 

Sector Training & Events

Common Cause Workshops for a Changing World

Common Cause Australia are presenting two workshops on the 6 April 2017. An Introduction to Common Cause is for those new to values and frames-based systems change and community engagement. The Paradigm Change Workshop goes deep into systems and paradigm change...

The Walk for Justice is back!

Join the 2017 Law Access Walk for Justice to celebrate the pro bono work of the profession and raise funds for Law Access. The walk along the Perth CBD foreshore will be held on National Pro Bono Day, followed by a free breakfast. The walk will be led by our Event Ambassadors including The Hon Robert French AC and The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia...

AASW(WA) An Introduction to Mindfulness Skills in Social Work Practice

AASW (WA) invites you to participate in this six-week course on mindfulness in social work practice. This course is modelled on the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course first developed in 1979 by world renowned Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. This 6 week course will be held in May and June 2017...

AASW(WA) The Daring Way

The AASW invites you to our two-day workshop on the Daring Way™ method based on the research of Dr Brené Brown. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living... 

Invitation: Gala Awards Presentation Dinner

The 2017 Gala Awards Presentation Dinner is proudly presented by Volunteering WA and their presenting partner, Bankwest Foundation. Join them for the presentation of the inspiring Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards whilst enjoying a three-course dinner, premium wines and live music. For more information or to book tickets, please...

Financial Information Seminars

The Department of Human Services (DHS) FREE Financial Information Service (FIS) is conducting its latest seminar series from late March to late May 2017. All of these seminars are run at night from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm and can be booked by anyone. Seminars are also being run in Joondalup, Cannington, Rockingham and Kwinana. For more information visit the DHS webpage...

Youth with Disability Forum 

Midlas is hosting a free forum for youth with disability, on April 6th 2017. Midlas would like to bring youth with disability together to discuss and collaborate on the big issues, your thoughts on how services and organisations can engage with you, and the value and power of self-advocacy... 

Family and Domestic Violence & Coercive Control

This workshop provides an opportunity to understand the social and historical landscape that contributes to attitudes and actions that support violence and abuse.  Material relevant to both victim and perpetrator will be explored as well as the patterns of coercive control that identify abusive and controlling behaviours.  It is suitable for all those who work with those who have experienced family violence... 
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