It is a busy time of year for the Community Sector in Greater Western Sydney, with AGMs, funding applications and other events competing for our time. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to announce that the ZEST Awards nominations will now be closing on Wednesday 18th of December at 5pm. Hopefully the extra week and a half gives you all a chance to keep those nominations coming in!
Being nominated for a ZEST Award provides nominees with exposure to a wide audience of community, government, philanthropic and business representatives. This exposure provides an invaluable opportunity for nominees to develop their networks and connections.
One of the success stories of the ZEST Awards is Pepper’s Place. The project, who won a Highly Commended Award at ZEST 2011, were discovered by Sydney Community Foundation through the ZEST Awards and subsequently received philanthropic funding.
These are complex times for the Community Sector, which makes it all the more important to get your nominations in. Each nomination we receive helps us demonstrate the innovation and creativity within Greater Western Sydney and lift the profile of the sector and the great work which is happening within our communities. We encourage you all to nominate the people and projects making a difference in Greater Western Sydney.
Here are a few things to get you started:
Good luck and happy nominating
Have you ever wondered what on earth does the WSCF Transport Development Project
actually do? This is a very good question and not easily explained. One area of Transport Development project’s work is “First and last mile” issues in transport- the TOUGHEST MILE .
WSCF held a wonderful celebration of WSCF’s longevity on November 14th 2013. The Q&A Forum on The future of the Community Sector was a great success with active engagement in a stimulating and agitating discussion. It was a model of how we hope WSCF’s will lead the GWS community sector in the next period of funding uncertainty – bringing to you the the best minds to support our ongoing work. We hope to provide a write-up of the Q&A in the next month and place it on this website. Over 120 participants joined us for the AGM & Celebration. Warren Gardiner, the first Chairperson of WSCF launched our 30 year 30 stories, now available here.
The Symposium held on 30 August 2013 at TAFE SWSI Granville College was a resounding success.
Please click on the links following for the symposium booklet and currently available presentations.
WSCF was most proud to be part of the 2013 Western Sydney Community Sector Symposium, held on Friday 30th August at TAFE SWSI Granville College. The event was attended by over 100 community workers and representatives from government, non-government and private sectors. The over-all feedback was overwhelmingly positive and most encouraging.
Securing resources to run community programs is a major task confronting community organsiations.
We are living and working in changing times, government funding is finite and there are growing complex social issues that need cross-sector collaboration.
Maree Walk, Chief Executive of NSW Community Services launched Western Sydney Community Forum’s Community Corporate Engagement - A Toolkit to get a Corporate Partner on 27 August to a capacity audience at Sydney Business Chamber in Parramatta. The Toolkit is designed to assist community organisations to better engage with corporate sector institutions. This means going beyond simply securing corporate funding to more importantly engaging with the corporate sector and working together to deliver better outcomes in our communities.