WSCF is proud to acknowledge the achievements of both Western Sydney and the world in the lead up to 2015’s White Ribbon Day.
Since its inception in Australia in 2003, the internationally recognised day campaigns for the elimination of violence against women – an issue that includes one in three women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them .
The Forum recognises the outstanding achievement of the Western Sydney region with Blacktown Workers Club Group being one of the first Clubs in Australia to take part in the White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation program, highlighting the clubs commitment to leading in their industry by positively influencing the discussion on anti-domestic violence advocacy.
Get involved in advocacy against men’s violence against women in Western Sydney:
Saturday 21 November 2015 - Parramatta City Council hosts a Morning Tea in support of White Ribbon Day
Saturday 21 November 2015 - Tee Up for White Ribbon Day
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - ‘Break the Silence’ Youth Showcase
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Men’s Breakfast Blacktown
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Katoomba Mayoral White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - ‘Break The Silence’ Youth Showcase
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Campbelltown White Ribbon Golf Day
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Hawkesbury White Ribbon Cup
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Cumberland Women’s Health Centre White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Liverpool White Ribbon March and Gala Day
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - White Ribbon Day Twilight River Walk, Penrith
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - Soroptimist International of The Hills Inc White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Friday 27 November 2015 - Auburn Youth Centre White Ribbon Day Festival
Thursday 3 December 2015 - Camden White Ribbon Breakfast
Thursday 3 December 2015 - White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Saturday 5 December 2015 - Fairfield White Ribbon Cup
For more information visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/
 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012
A lot has changed since the inaugural ZEST Awards Ceremony was held six years ago. Greater Western Sydney has grown in stature and the ZEST Awards have grown with it. What hasn’t changed is the high quality of community initiatives in the region, with ZEST continuing to attract a range of inspiring and innovative nominees each year. The Awards, led by Western Sydney Community Forum, have celebrated almost 500 outstanding projects and individuals from the community across the past five years.
The ZEST Awards showcase the great work of the Community Sector across theregion, promoting a positive image of Greater Western Sydney region through highlighting our assets, our diversity and our creative and innovative work. This region includes Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Hills Shire, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee.
The ZEST Awards culminates at the Awards Ceremony, which has quickly established itself as the premier event for the Community Sector in Greater Western Sydney. All nominees are invited to attend, with nearly 600 people expected to gather to celebrate the Community Sector in 2016.
The ZEST Awards relies on nominations from the community to ensure that these inspiring individuals and projects are recognised. We need you to highlight their positive impact on the community. Nominate an initiative or person who inspires you in Greater Western Sydney!
Nominations for the ZEST Awards will be closing on Friday 18th December, 2015.
To get started, visit the ZEST Awards website – www.zestawards.com.au
WSCF are pleased to share its Response to the Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs Sector Consultation Paper. WSCF's submission provides eleven key recommendations which emphasise collaboration between FACS and the community sector to ensure that any changes to the service system adequately meets the needs of the community. These recommendations include:
To read more about the findings of the report and the recommendations click here.