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Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2020, WSCF launched its Innovation Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the 2020-2022 period. Once this three year period concludes, our team will spend time reflecting on and improving our work, attitudes, and collaborations with Aboriginal partners and communities.

We continue to be committed to being accountable for our work towards our vision for a thriving Western Sydney that honours, respects and supports all communities including those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ones.

Read the full RAP here.
Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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ZEST Awards

Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2022, the ZEST Awards has become the premier event celebrating the outstanding work of individuals and organisations in greater Western Sydney’s Community Industry. ZEST promotes a positive image of Western Sydney, highlighting its human assets, diversity and the creative and innovative work undertaken across the region.

For over a decade, the Awards have celebrated more than 900 outstanding projects and individuals from our community.

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Stories to Solutions: Evidence in Practice Collection

Western Sydney Community Forum are proud to present Stories to Solutions: Evidence in Practice Collection. Each volume builds collective knowledge and research of Western Sydney, we share the stories, wisdom and solutions of the region’s practice leaders through conversation and connection. It provides readers with the opportunity to learn about evidence-based practice and its real-life impact on people’s lives, to ensure that this region continues to work towards being a thriving and community-oriented area.

Read Volume One Here

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Communities of Change Report

The Communities of Change Report is a joint initiative between the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and Western Sydney Community Forum.

The purpose of the Communities of Change Report is to provide insights on the changing landscape of Western Sydney to assist in making quality strategic decisions about future planning and investment in service delivery.

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International Women’s Day

Western Sydney has increased unprecedented focus and investment. To foster and preserve social inclusion and community health and wellbeing, WSCF hosted Voices of the West as our inaugural International Day event on the 4th of March 2020. This event was the product of joint efforts between Western Sydney Community Forum and various partners.

Voices of the West included a living library comprising of woman from varying professional backgrounds, diverse cultural identities and different stages of life who had a platform to speak, listen, share, inform and be informed.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Home in Western Sydney

There have been multiple studies that analyse housing affordability and homelessness from diverse perspectives across Australia and NSW. There is also emerging industry research that drills down to Western Sydney.

The Home in Western Sydney paper, a partnership initiative with Wentworth Community Housing, complements this work and focuses on drawing out the key themes from several critical data sets.

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Build Beyond Bricks

Western Sydney has increased unprecedented focus and investment. To foster and preserve social inclusion and community health and wellbeing, WSCF has developed a range of policy recommendations to Build Beyond Bricks.

Our Priorities & Recommendations

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Home Free: Women’s Journeys to Safety from Domestic Violence

Home Free is a book that contains a collection of stories told from the unique perspective of women affected by domestic violence with focus on their stories and their solutions – not the violence they have affected. Home Free was written to encourage other women experiencing domestic violence of life after. This book also informs and provides services and decision makers with valuable insights. To deliver this project, WSCF worked with Bonnie Support Services (lead agency), the Education Centre Against Violence, Western Sydney University, Parramatta City Council and Newpin.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Conversations Series

WSCF hosts a series of conversations across Greater Western Sydney providing a collaborative platform to discuss social and cultural goals in the regional public policy debate. It also serves as an excellent networking opportunity for our stakeholders to connect over important issues, benefit from thought-provoking speakers and an opportunity to exchange ideas with peers and colleagues.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Generation CommunitY

We are creating the next generation of industry leaders. Realise your potential in our leadership incubator, Generation CommunitY.

Does your organisation have a young person who has what it takes to become a great leader? The Generation CommunitY program provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to develop their leadership skills enabling them to transition into leadership roles and influence positive change.

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Community Care NewsDigest

The Community Care NewsDigest is a monthly publication produced by Western Sydney Community Forum that covers important news and events affecting the aged and disability sectors.

Latest Edition

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Community Care Forums

There are several events throughout the year convened by WSCF that  provides organisations and their staff with the opportunity to engage with others in the sector as well receive timely updates regarding reforms, training and best practice. The Western Sydney Community Care Forum is tailored to those on the front line of the aged care and disability sector to navigate the ongoing changes and challenges presented.

The Western Sydney Community Care Leaders Mixer provides leaders, managers and CEOs with the latest resources, collaboration and training opportunities across Western Sydney.

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Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Western Sydney Community Care Forum and Leaders Mixer

There are several events throughout the year convened by WSCF that  provides organisations and their staff with the opportunity to engage with others in the sector as well receive timely updates regarding reforms, training and best practice. The Western Sydney Community Care Forum is tailored to those on the front line of the aged care and disability sector to navigate the ongoing changes and challenges presented.

The Western Sydney Community Care Leaders Mixer provides leaders, managers and CEOs with the latest resources, collaboration and training opportunities across Western Sydney.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Culturally Responsive Framework to Address Gambling Related Harm

WSCF is developing a culturally responsive framework to address gambling related harm. The action research project is capturing insights from existing literature as well as successful practice models in Western Sydney and beyond. A set of best practice principles is being developed to guide organisations and practitioners in working to address gambling related harm within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

The qualitative data collection will include:
• Literature Review
• Framework Implementation Group
• Practice Scan
• Case Studies
• Symposium

The project is funded through the Office of Responsible Gambling. For more information please contact stephanie.adam@wscf.org.au.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Adaptive Leadership Incubators

Not for profit leaders are required to navigate complexity and uncertainty in their day-to-day role while enabling their team and organisation to envision new possibilities more effectively.

Western Sydney Community Forum has designed the Adaptive Leadership Incubators series specifically for the Community Sector in Western Sydney to equip participants with the skills and theoretical framework to tackle tough challenges and bring about positive, systemic change.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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Flagcom partnership

Since 2018 Western Sydney Community Forum have proudly partnered with Flagcom (Filipino Gay and Lesbian Community) and Friends in presenting the annual Mardi Gras Show to celebrate Filipino culture and crown Australia’s Mardi Gras International Queen.

Contact WSCF directly at info@wscf.org.au

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