WACOSS has been working over the past year to develop a suite of resources and tools to help ensure that the design of any new programs and services in WA meets the highest standards for engagement and participation of funders, service providers, service users and other stakeholders.

 

The WA Co-Design Toolkit will be launched at the WA Zoo immediately following the Community Relief and Resilience Conference at 4.30pm on 26 July 2017. The Toolkit was developed with funding from a WA Government Capacity Building Grant.

 

Participants in the Conference; people from the Social Impact Festival; and government, community sector and consumer representatives are all invited to the launch. Please join us for an interesting presentation and some light refreshments.

 

To register for this free event click here

WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has indicated that household electricity prices could rise by up to 15% over two years as a step towards introducing competition into the electricity market.

 

WACOSS is concerned that electricity price increases will hit low income consumers hard. The last financial year saw significant increases in electricity customers seeking assistance from their energy retailer and a rise in direct debit terminations due to default.

 

More than one in ten residential customers were granted an extension to pay a bill, with the proportion of residential electricity customers on instalment plans reaching a six-year peak in 2015-16 at nearly one in five.

 

Evidence from the Eastern states suggests that moves towards full retail contestability in their electricity markets have not necessarily benefited those on the lowest incomes. WACOSS will be advocating strongly that vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers are protected from any changes in the energy markets.

The 2017 Financial Counselling Australia Conference, held last week in the Gold Coast, devoted a lot of program space to explore the devastating impact of gambling on Australian people, families and communities. Perhaps this is because we have the very unfortunate infamy of being the world’s biggest wager-ers per head of population, losing an incredible $23 billion per annum. Here’s links to some really useful resources if you’d like more details about what is being done in this space to mitigate the consequences.

o   New industry body established in 2016, Responsible Wagering Australia, talked about the updated and mandatory code of conduct, which is based on harm minimisation. The Code is here
o   DSS Gambling Branch discussed the COAG Gambling Minister’s recent decision to establish an online wagering consumer protection framework, and which you may already be familiar with. For those who aren’t, a media story is here
o   Melbourne University presented new developments in neuroscience about the way our brains financial decision making, in the context of gambling. These research findings haven’t been published yet, but here is the website for anyone who would like to keep an eye out for this.
o   And there was a very powerful depiction of pathways into and recovery from gambling, that uses theatre and performance to share personal stories here
State Wage Case
Chris Twomey, WACOSS Research and Policy Development Leader, appeared before the WA Industrial Relations Commission last Friday to advocate for an increase to the minimum wage as part of the annual State Wage Case.
 
The minimum wage is a vital means of protecting low-income workers from poverty, as well as contributing to the delivery of economic benefits to the wider Western Australian community.
 
As the peak body of the community service sector in WA, and as an advocate for low income and disadvantaged people, WACOSS has a particular interest in the adequacy of living standards and quality of life experienced by Western Australians living on low incomes.
 
To this end, WACOSS makes a submission to the State Wage Case every year. This year, WACOSS has advocated for an increase to the State Minimum Wage of $45 per week up to the C10 level and 5.7% beyond that level in order to maintain a fair system of wages and conditions in the current Western Australian context. This is consistent with the position advocated for by UnionsWA.
 
To read submissions from WACOSS and the parties to the State Wage Case, click here.
WACOSS has welcomed the opportunity to participate in the WA Government’s Service Priority Review and offer its assistance to the Review’s committee.
 
Representatives from WACOSS met with the committee last week to discuss how the Council can best contribute to the review process in the interest of securing the best possible outcomes for the WA community, particularly those vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens our services support.
 
WACOSS is advocating for a focus on opportunities for cross-government and cross-disciplinary service integration, including place-based trials, as well as a strategy for the development of the human services workforce and a transition strategy to ensure continuity of essential services.
 
WACOSS will be seeking opportunities to facilitate consultations with the sector to fed back information on community needs and service priorities, and will remain engaged with the review process throughout the process.
 
To read the terms of reference for the Service Priority Review, click here.

 

Lifeline WA’s Separated Dads or Separated Mums program is a unique service that provides support to parents before, during and after separation or if they have experienced a bereavement in a partnership or as a parent or child. Lifeline WA welcomes parents and children from the LGBTIQA community. 

 

Bereavement is traditionally linked to death and the grief that one feels after the loss of a loved one. However, feelings of bereavement can also be associated with other loss such as separation. Our counselling team provides individual support, education and group workshops for people who want to:

 

·         Access practical and emotional support and assistance after the loss of a loved one through separation or bereavement

 

·         Communicate effectively with the other parent and deal with difficult behaviours from your ex-partner

 

·         Be prepared for mediation and to better understand the mediation process

 

·         Understand the complexities of the Family Court and the legal system

 

·         Create a co-parenting plan designed specifically to meet the needs of their children

 

·         We can also work with your child/children to assist them to if they are affected by the change in the family unit or loss of a parent 

 

Lifeline WA does not provide legal advice but we can supply information on how to access legal advice where needed. We can also refer to other support services relevant to individual family situations. 

 

Workshops

 

We run mixed and single workshops for parents to meet with others and learn more about:

·         family law court processes,

 

·         writing a co-parenting plan,

 

·          building resilience after separation and

 

·         communicating when relationships have broken down

 

·         alcohol, drugs and loss.

 

 

 

Here’s what our clients say:

 

 

 

“The first session allowed me to view my situation more clearly and gave me strategies for a better outcome in the future.”

 

 

 

“With your help I was able to put conflict aside and to concentrate on what was best for the children.”

 

 

 

This program is supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To book an appointment call 9261 4451

 

 

 

To contact us email separatedMums@lifelinewa.org.au  or separatedDads@lifelinewa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Separated Mums or Dads for?

 

 

 

Our Separated parents service provides one-to-one support for parents or children in the process of separation or grief from bereavement.

 

 

 

What will it cost?

 

 

 

The fee for counselling per session is based on a sliding scale ($10-50) according to the client’s income.

 

 

 

For clients who are experiencing hardship, the service is free.

 

 

 

Where are we located?

 

 

 

Our program is based at our Northbridge and Hillarys offices. We also provide the service via Telephone appointments across the whole of Western Australia, to make an appointment call (08) 9261 4451. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northbridge office

 

 

 

Suite 44a, 7 Aberdeen Street

 

 

 

Northbridge WA 6003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillarys Office

 

 

 

Entrance to Whitfords Library building

 

 

 

Banks Ave, Hillarys 6025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifeline WA proudly partners with RUAH to deliver our Separated Mums and Dads program to homeless people every Tuesday morning.

 

 

 




 

 


 

 


 

Lifeline WA’s Separated Dads
  or Separated Mums program is a unique service that provides support to
  parents before, during and after separation or if they have experienced a
  bereavement in a partnership or as a parent or child. Lifeline WA welcomes
  parents and children from the LGBTIQA community.


 

 


 


  

  
   

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  
  
  
 
  
 


 

 


 

Bereavement is traditionally
  linked to death and the grief that one feels after the loss of a loved one.
  However, feelings of bereavement can also be associated with other loss such
  as separation. Our counselling team provides individual support, education
  and group workshops for people who want to:


 

·        
 
Access
  practical and emotional support and assistance after the loss of a loved one
  through separation or bereavement


 

·        
 
Communicate
  effectively with the other parent and deal with difficult behaviours from
  your ex-partner


 

·        
 
Be
  prepared for mediation and to better understand the mediation process


 

·        
 
Understand
  the complexities of the Family Court and the legal system


 

·        
 
Create
  a co-parenting plan designed specifically to meet the needs of their children


 

·        
 
We
  can also work with your child/children to assist them to if they are affected
  by the change in the family unit or loss of a parent


 

 


 

Lifeline WA does not provide
  legal advice but we can supply information on how to access legal advice
  where needed. We can also refer to other support services relevant to
  individual family situations.


 

 


 

Workshops


 

We run mixed and single
  workshops for parents to meet with others and learn more about:


 

·        
 
family
  law court processes,


 

·        
 
writing
  a co-parenting plan,


 

·        
 
 building resilience after separation and


 

·        
 
communicating
  when relationships have broken down


 

·        
 
alcohol,
  drugs and loss.


 

 


 

Here’s what our clients say:


 

“The first session allowed
  me to view my situation more clearly and gave me strategies for a better
  outcome in the future.”


 

“With your help I was able
  to put conflict aside and to concentrate on what was best for the children.”


 

This program
  is supported by the
 Department of Local Government and Communities


 

 


 

To book an appointment call 9261 4451


 

To contact us email separatedMums@lifelinewa.org.au
   or
separatedDads@lifelinewa.org.au


 

 


 

Who is Separated Mums or Dads for?


 

Our Separated parents
  service provides one-to-one support for parents or children in the process of
  separation or grief from bereavement.


 

What will it cost?


 

The fee for counselling per session is based on a sliding scale
  ($10-50) according to the client’s income.


 

For clients who are experiencing hardship, the service is free.


 

Where are we located?


 

Our program is based at our Northbridge and Hillarys offices. We also
  provide the service via Telephone appointments across the whole of Western
  Australia, to make an appointment call (08) 9261 4451.
 


 

 


 

Northbridge office


 

Suite 44a, 7 Aberdeen Street
 


 

Northbridge WA 6003


 

 


 

Hillarys Office


 

Entrance to Whitfords
  Library building


 

Banks Ave, Hillarys 6025


 

 


 

Lifeline WA proudly partners
  with
RUAH to deliver our Separated
  Mums and Dads program to homeless people every Tuesday morning.


 

 


 

 

Presented by

Tori Cooke BSW

 

Friday 23 June 2017

 

8:45 am – registration for 9:00 am prompt start – 4:30 pm

 Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre (WREN), ECU Health Centre Level 2, 30 Dunbar St, Wanneroo

Parking details will be sent with registration confirmation

 

SPSW is pleased to present this important workshop relevant for all human service workers who work with families experiencing family violence.  The workshop provides an opportunity for in depth learning about men’s behaviour change programs and interventions. This workshop is aimed at those who would like more depth in understanding family violence, practical strategies, and specific skills in working directly with perpetrators using violence, abuse and coercive control against family members.  Of significance is the central aspect of maintaining a program, policy and practitioner focus on the safety and wellbeing of women and children and other family members directly affected by the dynamic of family and domestic violence.

 

The workshop will be presented by Tori Cooke who is well known as a leader in the field of family violence. Tori has worked in women’s refuges, courts, child protection, men’s behaviour change and policy contexts for over 16 years. Presently, Tori is the Manager, Justice and Family Services for Ruah Community Services managing women’s services and through consultancy provides advice, program development and training in this complex and challenging work.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will develop:

 

•       A high level understanding of family and domestic violence and the associated safety and risk considerations when working with perpetrators;

•       A strong appreciation of the attitudes, behaviours and beliefs that underpin violence against women and children and other family members; and,

•       A range of tools that enable community and clinical practitioners to have confidence in their work with men using violence, abuse and coercive control in their families and communities.

 

for more information please contact Amanda Wallace 0439528979 or amandawallace54@gmail.com

 

Please see accompanying registration form to register early to prevent disappointment as SPSW workshops are generally over subscribed

 

If you would like this workshop contextualized and run exclusively for your agency, please contact Dr Barbara Meddin on 0417 959 058

 

 

Hard copy membership renewal packs were sent out to all current members via mail this week inviting members to renew their membership for 2017-2018.  Members can expect a few changes to membership in the 2017-2018 financial year including the introduction of membership numbers, changes to eNews benefits for individual members and the addition of two new membership scales for organisations.  Details of these changes have been included in renewal packs.  Electronic copies of the renewal packs will be sent out via email later this week.  If you have not received either your hard copy or electronic renewal pack by the 22 May or if you have any other questions about membership renewals, please contact us on 9420 7222 or membership@wacoss.org.au.


2017 WACOSS Snap Shot for Members

The first half of 2017 has been a busy one for WACOSS featuring three cornerstone events, the launch of key policy research projects, and the successful facilitation of the WA Peaks Forum State election campaign What if it was me?  

Our Self-Directed Services Forum, Emerging Issues Forum and Big Data & Social Investment Forum attracted sector change makers and thought leaders from across Australia and brought forward rich discussions on the future landscape of our work. 

We also launched our Not-for-Profit Landscape Report, an innovative new research project with the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative, which provided insight and analysis on the contribution of community services to the Western Australian economy. 

In the lead up to the State election, the What if it was me? campaign brought forward the collective asks of the community sector in order to see the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged Western Australians appear on the election agenda.   

In the rapidly evolving environment of a newly forming government, WACOSS will continue to proactively engage members of the new Cabinet to ensure that the community sector voice is heard and that our collective priorities are part of the new government reform agenda and state budget.

We also look forward to a series of networking and sector engagement events, including our Biennial Community Relief and Resilience Forum on the 26 July.  The Forum will bring together sector and Government representatives for a discussion on why we still have children living in poverty, and what can be done about it.

We look forward to your continued support as WACOSS members in 2017-2018 as we move forward in what is shaping up to be a challenging and exciting time for the sector.  

Anglicare WA is hosting Professor Stephen Smallbone to deliver three dynamic workshops in June

Professor Stephen Smallbone is a psychologist and editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression. Stephen’s research and practice team is concerned primarily with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse. His publications include the books Situational Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (Wortley & Smallbone, 2006), Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence, Policy and Practice (Smallbone, Marshall, & Wortley, 2008), and Internet Child Pornography: Causes, Investigation, and Prevention (Wortley & Smallbone, 2012).

 

For more information please visit: https://www.anglicarewa.org.au/theme/anglicarewaorgau/assets/public/File/FLYER_SEXUAL_VIOLENCE_AND_ABUSE_26_June_2017_PERTH_new.pdf 

 

For course dates and registration form, please visit: https://www.anglicarewa.org.au/training-courses/special-events.aspx

 

 

Special Events - Stephen Smallbone Series 

 

 

Anglicare WA can also partner with your organisation to develop and customise training solutions.  As all our existing workshops can be customised and delivered at a location to suit the needs your organisation.

 

Please visit our website - www.anglicarewa.org.au/training-courses for more details on the full range of our training services, to view flyers for each workshop and for registration forms.

 

To register for any of our training sessions, please send a completed registration form to training@anglicarewa.org.au. 

 

The Perth branch of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) will be having its inaugural meeting at the Trades Hall, 80 Beaufort St, Northbridge on 11th May at 6pm in the John Cummins Room.

 

The AUWU provides advice to members on their rights as unemployed workers, campaigns for fairer conditions for the unemployed and lobbies for the adoption of government policies such as full employment. This will be a members only meeting though you don’t need to be currently unemployed to be a member and it is free to join (donations appreciated). Join online at http://unemployedworkersunion.com/membership-form/ if you’re not already a member.

 

If you would like to attend the meeting or have any questions please email Patrick at perth@unemployedworkersunion.com for a copy of the agenda.

The Daring Way

Two-Day Workshop Sat 6th May and Sun 7th May ~ 9am - 5pm (Perth)

Led by daring2change facilitators Amanda Reynolds & Zoe Warwick

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, The Daring Way™ model is designed for working with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organisational leaders. It can be facilitated in a clinical, educational, and professional setting, and explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. This Daring Way™ workshop provides an in-depth understanding of how shame and vulnerability affects how we connect with ourselves and others and the impact this has on our daily lives. Participants will learn psycho-educational tools that will develop shame resilience and also be trained in techniques to manage the fear and anxiety we experience when we feel judged by ourselves and others.  This workshop will educate and empower participants to acknowledge and embrace their feelings of inadequacy and comparison and the need to be perfect in order to grow and be open to change. It is aimed at anyone who would like to pursue personal and/or professional development, and is particularly relevant to those who are working in the human services sector. This includes clients who have experienced physical, emotional and psychological trauma; grief and loss; and those who struggle with addiction, low self-esteem and identity issues.  

Phone: Amanda on 0415 372 172 or Zoe on 0452 661 255     Email: amanda.reynolds@daring2change.com Web: www.daring2change.com    

    Purchase tickets at Eventbrite:

  Early Bird $470 (must book before March 1st)  Standard $520

Steps to Create a Secure Future Plan for Your Son or Daughter

Thursday 23rd March 2017
9.30 am to 12.30 pm
 VISABILITY Victoria Park  

 This FREE forum, specifically for parents, carers and families of people with a Developmental Disability, will help guide you through the process of creating a future plan for your son or daughter.

Attendees will hear from specialists on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Special Disability Trusts, Superannuation, Insurance and more.....Be inspired and informed!
                                                                                                         
Attending this forum will help you conquer any fears about this type of planning and leave you confident and better prepared to take the next steps.  It’s not as difficult as you might think!
Focused on the here and now, but geared for the time when you will no longer be around, this forum answers the myriad of questions you may have going around in your mind.

PRESENTERS INCLUDE: 

  • Yvonne Parnell, CEO, Future Living Trust
  • Kerin Smart, Lawyer experienced in Wills and Trusts for people with developmental disability
  • Mike Sayer, Owner of the Corporate Will Company
  • Deidre Croft, parent of Richard Rook, speaking from personal experience

 

For further information about Future Living Trust go to
www.futureliving.org.au 


Reserve your place now as seats are limited via
Eventbrite HERE
Phone: 9387 0575 with any access requirements you may have.
 

VENUE:
 VisAbility & Guide Dogs WA
Formerly Association for the Blind WA - Guide Dogs WA
61 Kitchener Ave, Victoria Park WA 6100

 

On-site parking is available, and the venue is located by the
Victoria Park train station on the Armadale line.



Tea, coffee and a biscuits will be provided  

In July 2016, Centrelink commenced piloting its automated debt recovery program. The systemic problems in this program have resulted in people, on an alarmingly large scale, being issued with

-          debts they do not owe,

-          debts higher than they owe,

-          penalties as a consequence of insufficient appropriate avenues provided by Centrelink for people to redress discrepancies, and

-          penalties as a consequence of inadequate efforts on behalf of Centrelink to confirm notification of potential debts has been received.

WACOSS is supporting the national community sector campaign being led by ACOSS (along with community legal centres, welfare rights networks, unions and others) asking the Commonwealth to address problems in the Centrelink automated debt recovery program.

 

ACOSS have written to the Prime Minister raising concerns and calling for the program to be suspended, and the ACOSS statement calling for the program to be abandoned can be accessed here.

 

If your organisation has members or clients directly affected by this, assistance and advice can be sought through the following avenues:

 

  • Call the Department of Human Services compliance number 1800 086 400 if you are experiencing difficulty with your Centrelink online account.
  • You may ask the Department of Human Services for a review by an Authorised Review Officer if an adverse decision is made  
  • Call DHS Feedback and Complaints on 1800 132 468 if you wish to give feedback or make a complaint

The Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative and WACOSS have launched the 2017 WA Not-for-profit Landscape Report. The official launch on February 14th launch was attended by key stakeholders across the sector and government, and revealed the community services sector to be a significant driver of the WA economy, employing 7% of the state’s workforce – 

three times as many workers as agriculture, forestry and fishing put together, and just behind manufacturing and mining at 7.4% and 8% respectively.

The report is the outcome of the collaborative, Lotterywest-funded Community Sector Landscape Project, which undertook an environmental scan covering the sector’s size, diversity, sustainability, and economic and social significance, as well as providing a baseline by which the sector’s development will be measured into the future.

To read the media release for the WA Not-for-profit Landscape Report Launch, click here.

 

To download a summary of the WA Not-for-profit Landscape Report, click here.                                                              

 

To download a PDF of the full WA Not-for-profit Landscape Report, click here.

SAVE THE DATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Join us for the inaugural Community Relief & Resilience Conference hosted by WACOSS on May 24th 2017. Formerly known as the Emergency Relief Conference, WACOSS has hosted this biennial event for 7 years discussing some of the broad issues faced in this sector.

Emergency relief agencies, financial counsellors, homeless services and community law services have never been under more pressure and the economic reality of WA means that this situation is not going to change in the immediate future.How can we help those facing imminent or long term hardship to become more resilient? Come and hear from those researching and working towards this goal.