Exceptional Community Partnership Project Across a Region
Partnerships are an important part of achieving positive outcomes for the community, with the Exceptional Community Partnership Project across a Region Award celebrating the dynamic work that partnerships do across multiple Local Government Areas in Greater Western Sydney
Below are our nominees for the 2017 ZEST Award for Exceptional Community Partnership Project Across a Region:
Mashrabiya – Winner
Mashrabiya explored the design of sacred spaces with communities in Penrith and Bankstown. The project demonstrated innovation involving 2 LGAs in Western Sydney, all 3 tiers of government and involved artists, academics, architects, Sir Joseph Banks High, 25 students from TAFEWSI Nepean Art and Design Centre and the Muhammadi Welfare Association.
The project was a creative response to the opposition, increasingly visible in many communities across Australia to a mosque in our backyard. The project worked with artists Willurai Kirkbright and Hussein Nabeel, and architect Pamela Maldonaldo to creatively explore and highlight what these sacred spaces mean to communities, and how we can design such spaces more inclusively.
Heading Home – Winner
Heading Home is an audacious project to end chronic homelessness in Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury. Heading Home is the largest and most diverse homelessness partnership in NSW bringing together homelessness services with real estate agents, government, community groups and local business. Heading Home took to the streets to identify every homeless person in the District, learn their health and housing needs and find a home and support for every person. Heading Home is different from anything done before – not just a survey of homelessness but an ambitious partnership to change community views and generate innovative housing solutions.
NSW Community Hubs – Highly Commended
The Community Hubs Program (CHP) engages communities in Parramatta, Blacktown and Bankstown in soft entry inclusive programs and events to create a sense of belonging and to minimise social isolation. The 12 NSW Community Hubs offer volunteering, educational and training opportunities to increase individual’s employment potential. As well, the hubs work with parents to raise awareness about positive parenting practices to help preschool children to develop their school readiness skills. For newly arrived migrants and refugees, the community hub offers a welcoming place to connect with local services and other people from the community.
The No Wrong Door South Western Sydney Initiative – Highly Commended
The No Wrong Door South Western Sydney initiative aims to reduce confusion/ frustration in navigating the service system for people with mental distress or mental illness. Spanning across 7 LGAs, the No Wrong Door SWS Access App gives multiple points of entry for support including helping people know what to do in a crisis, finding mental health resources and information, and finding health professionals. Mental Health Charter SWS. Commitment from agencies (to date) in SWS to work together and use common recovery oriented practices to strengthen their ability to assist people with severe mental illness with a Mental Health Recovery Action Plan for their organisation.
The #Fistsdown campaign is a call to action for youth to make positive choices and take a stand against violence. The campaign has been established to counter an increase in organised youth violence in Western Sydney – through social media intervention, youth mentoring and education. #Fistsdown was initiated by young people of Pacific backgrounds, in partnership with NSW Police and has grown to be inclusive of any young person or agency offering support. The project is building communities by promoting Police & youth partnerships across Western Sydney and inspiring young people to be the difference that will bring change.
Be All In
A partnership between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Western Sydney University, Canterbury-Bankstown Council and Liverpool City Council was developed to promote social inclusion within local community stakeholder groups. The partners collaborated to develop and implement an in and out of school program targeting disadvantaged and newly arrived students from years 7-10 across the 2 LGA’s. The program, Be All In aim is to foster social inclusion in the local community by partnering with local service organisations. The Be All In program is tailored for a school’s sports for development program, developed to support new and emerging communities by encouraging social cohesion through sport.
Business Connect – CMRC Multicultural Small Business Advisory Service
The CMRC Multi Cultural Small Business Advisory Service has been funded through the Department of Trade and Investment New Department of industry Office of the Small Business Commissioner, for the provision of business advisory services to Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese small businesses in Greater Western Sydney. CMRC SBA was developed as a result of the poor numbers of CALD Small businesses accessing the Business Connect network across NSW.
A sport, educational and social inclusion program for school aged students where young people across various Western Sydney High Schools participate in various levels of training. The program combines sports, education and life skills to ensure a holistic and grassroots developed approach delivered over a 10-week period within school term, for 3 consecutive terms. Ultimately through progression the youth involved will be provided with the skills and responsibilities required to better engage with education, access pathways to employment and ultimately become active community member. Importantly the program will also build the capacity of community partners and schools to assist the facilitation and delivery of the programs and enhance sustainability.
GoActive is the Lebanese Muslim Association’s health and fitness initiative which commenced in 2010. The project aims to provide women with opportunities to be involved in sport and recreation. It is the first of its kind in Australia for Muslim women with the aim of promoting social harmony and healthy lifestyles. GoActive is dedicated to promoting physical and social wellbeing and foster community harmony through regular sports programs in an inclusive environment. It continues to be successful in providing organised sport for women addressing specific cultural and social needs resulting in increased sports participation.
Leep garnered the support of 18 organisations across the Nepean Region to deliver 1102 hours of training and support to 155 people from 23 to 87 years old, to increase their skills and confidence using digital technology. The people LEEP has supported were older people, people with disability and carers. LEEP has partnered with community organisations and Councils up and down the mountains, out to the Hawkesbury and various community locations in Penrith. LEEP’s partners included Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith Libraries, Penrith and Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centres, neighbourhood centres, community centres, disability services and local CALD groups.
New South Wales Pacific Awards Night
The NSW Council for Pacific Communities was proud to host with their team of volunteers the annual Pacific Awards night. Giving recognition for the achievements of our Pacific people across the state. This is a pinnacle event for the NSW Council for Pacific Communities (NSWCPC) calendar. Through the partnerships across the region the NSE Council for Pacific Communities could host such an event on a state level. The 2016 awards saw over 100 nominations and 500 guests with official representation from federal, state and local politicians and representatives.
Many newly arrived Afghan youth have experienced interruption to their studies back home. This affects their knowledge and confidence in achieving their potential when it comes to their career in Australia. Some individuals do not have the right tools to effectively plan their transition to higher education. Additionally, there are other barriers that affect their ability to transition successfully, such as language and trauma related stress. In partnership with Afghan Professionals Australia we have established Rahnoma (‘guidance’). A unique mentorship program, to meet the needs of Afghan youth in Intensive English Centres (IEC) and High Schools across Western Sydney.
SkillME is a three-year pilot project funded by NSW Government through Multicultural NSW to assist refugees and migrants to find suitable employment. Clients are supported through the complex process of having their skills and qualification recognised, and through training or work placement pathways. Metro Assist is the SkillMe project manager, delivering the project in Canterbury Bankstown and Inner West Under the SkillME umbrella. Metro Assist, in partnership with leading organisations in English training, vocational education and industry groups, develops an innovative collaboration model to train and develop high quality employees. The structure and delivery of these programs is flexible to meet the needs of employers.
The Parramatta Holroyd Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee
The Parramatta Holroyd Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee’s aim is to reduce domestic and family violence and improve the safety and status of those experiencing this violence in the Parramatta/Cumberland communities. The Committee’s mission is to mobilise the power of community and government agencies working in the Parramatta/Cumberland Local Government Areas to work in partnership with other local agencies addressing issues which have been identified through local consultations therefore being relevant and effective. They achieve this by raising awareness, building on community strengths, collaborating in joint projects as well as an increase building on learning’s and expertise.
Western Sydney Multicultural Circles of Influence Conference 2016
Western Sydney Multicultural Circles of Influence Conference 2016 was organised by Maria Cuenca and her team at FACS with the aim to build organisational capabilities and capacity through effective, cooperative and transparent partnerships. The one day conference explored building partnerships, cultural competence, engaging communities and CALD men, strength based approach to refugee resettlement and community development. The Conference was a great example of co-design and working in effective partnerships with the community. This was done through a Steering Committee formed with representatives of government and community organisations from across Western Sydney
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