Importance of community services

11 Apr, 2016

Relationships Australia WA will be taking part in the 2016 Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) conference to explore the future direction of community services in WA.

The theme this year is WAy ahead - Leave No One Behind, which examines which changes we may need to make to continue to make a difference in the community. The conference will run for two days from Wednesday 4 May.

The WACOSS biannual conference is a significant event on the community sector calendar. It will bring together high calibre speakers from around Australia and the world to address these conference topics:

  •  The Civil Society - A society is thriving when it celebrates the involvement of all its citizens, actively engages individuals, families and communities in the design of services and communities.

  • The Way We Work Together - Building an effective, accessible and sustainable sector in an environment of increasing demand for services, cost pressures with reducing funding and how our irrepressible sector still delivers. 
  • The Future of our Work - What are the key global, national and local drivers shaping the work we do? Can we predict the issues of the future? Are there things that can be done now to improve the needs and outcomes in the future?
  • WA’s First Australians – WACOSS is proud to announce for the first time a partnership with Reconciliation WA to develop and engage with Aboriginal Lead Organisations to progress one of the four program streams dedicated to Australia’s First People. This theme is about Shining a Light on a Better Tomorrow. First Australians continue to be the most disadvantaged and vulnerable demographic in WA. We will explore and showcase examples on how justice equity in WA is producing better outcomes for Australia's First People. The sector will have the opportunity to learn and work together with Indigenous lead organisations.

WACOSS CEO Irina Cattalini said she was looking forward to a memorable event for all involved.

"The conference will challenge our thinking, bringing together change makers from across the community, showcase talented individuals and ground-breaking programs, we will share stories, and debate current issues and seek collaborative solutions to make WA a socially just and equitable community for all people," she said.

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